I would like to use an old Intel-Based small appliance to have a small-form-factor Linux server.
The hardware is based on Intel Celeron 600MHz processor, 512Mb DDR2 RAM, 40Gb IDE Disk, 4 Ethernet Ports and serial console. There is no VGA, no keyboard and no mouse support.
After some days spent in Internet Browsing and lots of articles reading I have decide to use CentOS 5.5 x86 as Linux distribution.
Now we can start with this step-by-step guide…..first of all: what we need to complete the task!!
- CentOS 5.5 x86 ISO image. You can download it on http://www.centos.org
- Linux Box to work with ISO
- Serial to console cable. You could use also serial-to-serial NULL modem cable: depends on your hardware device.
My desktop pc doesn’t have any COM serial port installed, so I have bought a Hama RS232 to USB cable. This device has been recognized by Linux as PL2303 and works out of the box. Great!
If you want to use Putty under linux (or minicom) please be sure to set Flow Control parameter on OFF before use this cable.
- External USB DVD reader