Scientific Linux is an open source operating system based on the Linux kernel and the freely distributed sources of the award-winning Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution. It contains a vast amount of software packages aimed at scientists, students and teachers. Scientific Linux 3 is an obsolete branch of the project!
Distributed as a four installable-only CDs
The 3rd branch of Scientific Linux is distributed only as installable-only CD ISO images, four of them. This means that you will have to download all four CDs in order to transform your computer into a complete and full featured scientific workstation. Both 32-bit and 64-bit computers are supported at this time.
Boot menu à la Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Being derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the distribution features a boot menu that is quite identical in functionality with the one of the upstream release. It will allow the user to start the installation directly, as well as to pass extra parameters to the kernel.
Offers only a text-mode installer
The distribution offers only a text-mode installer, which will require users to choose a default language and keyboard layout, partition the disk, configure the network and choose a timezone, enter a password for the root (system administrator) account, as well as to install a bootloader and set up users and passwords.
GNOME Classic is in charge of the graphical session
The graphical session of Scientific Linux is built around the GNOME Classic desktop environment, which features a two-panel layout, providing users with a productive interface. Both panels have been tweaked to offers a straightforward and easy-to-use system.
It is no longer under active development
It is very important to know that Scientific Linux 3 is no longer under active development. As mentioned, it is now an obsolete project that will no longer receive software updates and security patches. It has been archived for historical references purposes only.