1.2. Basic Overview of the Boot Method

To prepare for installation, you must have the Linux kernel (kernel.img), the ram disk (initrd.img), a CMS configuration file (generic.conf) and a parameter file. Sample parameter and CMS configuration files are provided (generic.prm and generic.conf). You should edit the CMS configuration file and add information about your DASD. You may also want to add some information about your network configuration. Once this is started on the S/390, the networking is configured. You can then use telnet or ssh on another computer to log into your Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation image. Now you can start an installation script to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux.


The CMS configuration file is a new file for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. Users of prior releases should note this addition. This new file is explained in more detail throughout Chapter 1 Steps to Get You Started.