- 08 May 2015
The majority of scientific computing takes place on some version of linux, and one of the most common versions is Scientific Linux. Scientific Linux is derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux and is produced and maintained primarily by Fermilab. Scientific Linux is designed to be a common base of linux for scientific computing to prevent issues produced by using different versions of software, libraries, etc. The newest version of Scientific Linux is version 7 (SL7), but Scientific Linux 6 (SL6) is still being maintained and is still heavily used. I am using SL7 for computing and for writing the pages on this wiki. The website for Scientific Linux can be found here: https://www.scientificlinux.org/
and more information can be found there.
Once you've decided which version of Scientific Linux to install (I would suggest the latest version of either SL6 or SL7) there are a few ways to go about installing it on a computer. They all involve some method of creating a bootable image on a media device and then installing it on the target computer (or more presicely the target hard drive). I will cover a couple different ways to accomplish the installation, however Google (or any other search engine) is your friend, and contains a vast amount of information on how to install linux.