Minimal CentOS 6.0 Install

This is just a quick not to myself on a quick / minimal CentOS 6.0 install.

CentOS 6.0 has a great MINIMAL install that is truly minimal.  It doesn’t ask you for you network info or anything.  So, there are a few step to setting it up.  I also install lots of VMware systems so I’ve included the VMware tools as well.

The first that that needs configuring is the network so we can do an update.

    vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0


    vi /etc/resolv.conf


    service network start
    yum update
    init 6

Now we need to install VMware tools.

    yum install gcc kernel-devel perl make openssh-clients
    cd /tmp
    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
    cp /mnt/VMwareTools-4.0.0-261974.tar.gz .
    tar zxf VMwareTools-4.0.0-261974.tar.gz
    cd vmware-tools-distrib/
    init 6

When your done iptables and SElinux are on.  You may need to turn these off.

    service iptables stop
    echo 0 > /selinux/enforce



Photo a Day #11

Hello my old friend.

I spotted this VW on the way to work today. It is almost exactly like my first car. I have many stories about that car. Like, when the battery died and I had to push start it for months. About how I jumped an embankment and smashed its nose. About how I rebuild the engine with the help of a great book. I remember all the girls I made out with.  And when  it died with a piston through the block and left me beside the rode with no money and little hope.

VisiCalc 1981

I found this on my book shelf. I remember teaching people how to use it. When I purchased this copy in 1981, I was working as a software developer.

I believe this is the program that turned microcomputers from toys to business computers. Before VisiCalc business and government agencies though of microcomputers as toys. After VisiCalc was discovered by insurance analysts business and government agencies where sneaking Apple ][ Computers into their purchases as “Calculators”.

You can read more about VisiCalc and the early days of software development at The Idea.