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11 July 2011, 10:58

Scientific Linux 5.6 Live released

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Scientific Linux Logo Just over two weeks after the official release of Scientific Linux 5.6, the Scientific Linux (SL) developers have announced the arrival of the LiveCD and LiveDVD variants of version 5.6 of their Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone. The LiveCD/DVD versions allow users to run the distribution directly from a CD or DVD drive without having to install it. Alternatively, it can also be installed to the local hard disk or users can run the LiveCD image from a USB flash drive.

Zoom The Scientific Linux 5.6 "Live" desktop
Based on RHEL 5.6 and the 2.6.18 Linux kernel, Scientific Linux 5.6 "Live" includes 3.1.1, Thunderbird and KDE 4.5.4 (LiveDVD). Compared to the standard edition of Scientific Linux, the Live variant also offers the Partimage disk backup software, the Gnome PARTition EDitor (GParted), the NTFS-3G read/write driver, and ntfsprogs, the open source set of tools for NTFS.

Further details can be found in the official release announcement. Scientific Linux 5.6 Live is available to download for 32- and 64-bit systems from one of the project's mirrors.

Primarily driven by Fermilab, CERN and other universities and research institutes, the project provides a free clone of the subscription-only RHEL. To make it available for free, protected components (such as Red Hat trademarks) are removed from RHEL's freely available sources.

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