BlueOnyx is an open source, server-oriented and Linux kernel-based operating system designed from the ground up to act as a TurnKey appliance suitable for web hosting servers. Initially derived from CentOS, the distro is now based off of Scientific Linux, which in turn is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
It’s distributed as a dual-arch Live CD
The BlueOnyx operating system can be downloaded via Softpedia or directly from its official homepage (see link above) as a dual-arch ISO image that can only be installed on computers supporting both the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
There are several installation options on the boot menu
When booting the ISO image from the BIOS of a PC, you will encounter a boot menu that allows you to install the operating system on a local drive with normal options, with the “nodmraid” option, for disks smaller than 20GB or by using a single disk and no LVM (Logical Volume Management).
In addition, it is possible to rescue an existing operating system that is no longer bootable, as well as to boot an OS that is currently installed on the first disk drive detected by the BIOS.
The installation is fully automatic, text based
No matter what installation method you choose, the entire installation process is fully automatic and text based. The good thing about the fully-automated installation is that you won’t have to do anything to install the operating system, but the bad part is that it will automatically erase and partition the disk drive, without asking you. Therefore, make sure that you don’t have important that on it before attempting to install BlueOnyx.
After installation, the reboot the computer and log into your brand-new BlueOnyx system by using the credential displayed above the shell prompt (“root” username and “blueonyx” password). Follow the steps on the Quick Setup Utility to configure your server.