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Installation of Oracle Enterprise Linux 8

In this article we are going to install the Linux distribution of Oracle Corporation, it called Oracle Enterprise Linux. This Linux distribution comes from Red Hat, so if you already installed Fedora and/or CentOS you will see that the installation process is pretty similar ... if you haven't install Linux before please check our articles. For more information about how to install OEL 8, please go to the official documentation.

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Download the installer

You can download the installer from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, you must sign up in order to get an username and password. Once you logged in, search "Oracle Enterprise Linux" and download just the "Update" ISO file.

For this installation, I am using a VM (virtual machine) with Oracle VirtualBox of: 2 vCPU, 4 GBytes of RAM, 60 GBytes of hard disk and "bridge adapter" for network interface.

Start the installation

Once we have created and configured our virtual machine, start the installation ... it shows the following image ... select "Install Oracle Linux 8.0.0" and press enter.


It shows a screen with a list of the components/programs that are being loaded for the installation process.


It starts the installer and shows a message for waiting a moment.


Then, it shows "WELCOME TO ORACLE LINUX 8.0.0" screen, select the language "English - (United States)". Click on the Continue button.


Later, it shows the INSTALLATION SUMMARY screen which we must configure from left top:

  • Localization: Keyboard, Language Support, Time and Date.
  • Software: Installation Source, Software Selection.
  • System: Installation Destination, KDUMP, Network and Host Name, SECURITY POLICY.

So, we must set all the configurations ... "Keyboard" is English (US) and "Language Support" is English (United States).


Choose "Time and Date", it shows your city (time zone) and check the current date/time. Click on the Done button.


Click on the INSTALLATION SOURCE icon, don't change it and click on the Done button.


Click on the SOFTWARE SELECTION icon, check "Server with GUI", click on the Done button.


Click on the INSTALLATION DESTINATION icon, now the installer examines the available hard drives or partitions, it shows a list of available disks, check "Custom" in the "Storage Configuration" and click on the Done button.


It shows MANUAL PARTITIONING screen ... click on the link "Click here to create them automatically".


The installer generates a recommended partition, verify the swap is equal to 4Gbytes. Click on the Done button.


Click on the Accept Changes button.


Click on the NETWORK AND HOST NAME, turn on to activate the network.


After completing the configuration of the installation process, click on the Begin Installation to start the installation.


It shows the actions that are being executed and the percentage of installation progress.


Set a password, and re-type the password to confirm for the root . Click on the Done button.


Type your full name and an username for the new operating system user, set a password, and re-type the password to confirm. Click on the Done button.


While we are creating the operating system user, the installation process continues.


When it shows the message "Complete!", Click on the Reboot button.


Initial setup

After restarting the computer, it is necessary to perform the initial configuration for adjusting the operating system. Click on the LICENSING icon.


In the "License Information" screen, check "I accept the license agreement" and click on the Done button.


Click on the FINISH CONFIGURATION button.


It shows the Login screen with the oracle user, type the password.


Welcome screen, choose the language English (United States), click on the Next button.


Select the Keyboard distribution, click on the Next button.


Privacy, for indicating its location and reporting operating system errors. Click on the Next button.


Configure accounts for online services. Click on the Skip button.


To complete the configuration, click on the Start Using Oracle Linux Server button.


It shows the Desktop of the Operating System.


After it appears the GNOME Help "Getting Started".


And Ready!!!

So, it is installed Oracle Enterprise Linux 8.0.0.