Linux Centos Download

I need to download iso image of Centos 64 bits, and save it in a thumb drive and boot from it so that I can install Centos on a separate partition from windows.

I have already created a separate partition in windows where Centos should be installed,

I checked this link below, and want to know which version(copy) should I download:
http://mirrors.finalasp.com/CentOS/6.4/isos/x86_64/

Any help will be very much appreciated.

Thanks
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MazdajaiCommented:
I recommend using the DVD iso as they include most packages. This way you do not need to download them over the internet.

http://mirrors.finalasp.com/CentOS/6.4/isos/x86_64/CentOS-6.4-x86_64-bin-DVD1.iso
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
I always go with the 'netinstall'. This image will boot a basic anaconda installer. Then, and choose 'HTTP' install from the menu.

The bad part, you have to remember the URL, and enter it manually. It is this for your mirror:
http://mirrors.finalasp.com/CentOS/6.4/os/x86_64/

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Then just choose the packages you like, only these are downloaded. Much more efficient than the DVD, I think.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I am using Vmware workstation.
I tried DVD1 iso and did not install properly
I tried the minimal version, it installed but no GUI and could not get the GUI to install using YUM as suggested from some websites.

I wonder if there is a lean version iso copy that comes with GUI by default.

Thanks
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
Hm, I can remember having issues with the net install of centos 6.4, but thought this would be fixed by now.

And no, there is no live cd for centos. Use fedora for that, fedora 18/19 is basically a preview for RedHat EL 7.

But why not take your working minimal install and install gnome?
Use this guide:
http://www.idevelopment.info/data/Unix/Linux/LINUX_AddGNOMEToCentOSMinimalInstall.shtml
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gheistCommented:
CD1 contains recovery console and"minimal" installation
DVD1 covers all install-time templates

Why would you use separate partition for other OS in this age of VirtualBox and VMWare Player?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I downloaded the Torrent that has DVD1 and DVD2, it works fine now.
I was planning to dual boot windows/linux... I believe it will be faster to boot from Linux then use it as VM which means Windows is still running.
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gheistCommented:
if your processor has any of virtualisation extensions you can run SMP VM on 75% of system memory at almost no performance loss (maybe 1% because that windows keeps running with antivirus)
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
if your processor has any of virtualisation extensions you can run SMP VM on 75% of system memory at almost no performance loss (maybe 1% because that windows keeps running with antivirus)
This is a very bold statement - I would highly doubt that.
Performance heavily relies on the hypervisor used (see Paravirtualization). Even with this one you will never get close to the CPU cycles of a physical machine, since the hypervisor will limit this. With file systems it is even worse. For windows guests, you need to install paravirtualized drivers; then you get close to physical system performance. (If you do not believe me, try the best possible instance on AWS and compare them to an old local computer.)

jskfan, if you want to test CentOS or want to use it for some small development stuff, or as a server of some kind (for instance a webserver), virtualization is the way to go.

If you want in turn virtualize stuff or need performance (for instance, OpenGL) you are better of with an extra partition.
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gheistCommented:
virtualbox has opengl and seamless mode (like XP mode)
even if it runs at 10% of performace you can run tomcat server for 100 users while shooting frozen bubbles
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
As I said, gheist, with many daemons like apache / httpd the CPU usage is neglectable on todays hardware.
For computing intensive stuff VM's may not be optimal way to go. Try it for yourself, just build (compile) a reasonably big piece of software on the any virtual guest and compare the build time against the same thing on the hypervisor host. As for OpenGL, I think you would not think about playing more complex computer game on your virtualized XP machine ;)

Since jskfan did not provide a intended purpose of the CentOS machine I think it is important our duty to provide advantages as well as disadvantages of virtualization.
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gheistCommented:
It sounds fairly weird.... Centos runs graphic installer on vmware workstation and allows to select profile - server, gnome or all...
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