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SolutionBase: Installing and configuring Fedora Core

Choose your installation method. If you have trouble later in the installation with the graphics, restart your system and choose

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Unlike some Linux installations of old, the newest version of the Anaconda Fedora installer is extremely straightforward, even for beginners. While you can still accomplish more complex tasks, such as custom disk partitioning and manual selection of optional installable packages, if you just want a simple installation, it's easy.

I'm going to run through a sample Fedora Core 5 installation with one goal: to have a working user desktop system accessible from Windows systems (and able to access other Windows systems). The Windows connectivity requirement is important due to Windows' prevalence. Here's how it works.

Author's Note

My target system is a VMware virtual machine with 512MB of RAM and to which I've allocated 16GB of disk space. I'm using the 3GB DVD ISO image file as the DVD ROM drive on my virtual machine.

Throughout this article, you will see a reference to "Anaconda". For those of you that have worked with Red Hat Linux and Fedora before, you know that Anaconda is the installer that has long been used to install Red Hat's distribution. As such, Anaconda is the part of the distribution that is responsible for handling the installation of the operating system and other software.


To get started on your own, use a reasonable physical machine, or use VMware or Virtual PC, insert the first installation CD (or the DVD), and power on the machine. Assuming your system boots normally, the first screen you should see contains a couple of installation options. You can install Fedora in either graphical mode, or in text mode. Text mode is useful if the Anaconda installer has trouble working with the graphics adapter in your system. Since VMware emulates a display adapter compatible with Anaconda, I've opted to use the graphical installer.