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2. What is New for Installation and Live Images

2.1. Installation notes

To learn how to install Fedora, refer to to the Fedora Installation Guide

Refer to http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/ for full instructions on installing Fedora. If you encounter a problem or have a question during installation that is not covered in these release notes, refer to http://www.fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ and http://www.fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/Common.
Anaconda is the name of the Fedora installer. This section outlines issues related to Anaconda and installing Fedora 10.

2.1.1. Installation media

Fedora DVD ISO image is a large file.

If you intend to download the Fedora DVD ISO image, keep in mind that not all file downloading tools can accommodate files larger than 2 GiB in size.
The programs wget 1.9.1-16 and above, curl, and ncftpget do not have this limitation, and can successfully download files larger than 2 GiB. BitTorrent is another method for downloading large files. For information about obtaining and using the torrent file, refer to http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/.
Anaconda asks if it should verify the installation medium when Install or upgrade an existing system is selected during boot from an installation-only media.
For Fedora Live media, press any key during the initial boot countdown, to display a boot option menu. Select Verify and boot to perform the media test. Installation media can be used to verify Fedora Live media. Anaconda asks during the mediacheck if you want to check any other disc than the one Anaconda is running from. To test additional media, select eject to eject the inserted medium, then replace it with the medium you want to test instead.
Perform this test for any new installation or live medium.
The Fedora Project strongly recommends that you perform this test before reporting any installation-related bugs. Many of the bugs reported are actually due to improperly-burned CD or DVDs.
In rare cases, the testing procedure may report some usable discs as faulty. This result is often caused by disc writing software that does not include padding when creating discs from ISO files.

BitTorrent Automatically Verifies File Integrity.

If you use BitTorrent, any files you download are automatically validated. If your file completes downloading you do not need to check it. Once you burn your CD or DVD, however, you should still use mediacheck to test the integrity of the media.
Another reason for a failure during installation is faulty memory. To perform memory testing before you install Fedora, press any key to enter the boot menu, then select Memory Test. This option runs the Memtest86 standalone memory testing software in place of Anaconda. Memtest86 memory testing continues until you press the Esc key.
Fedora 10 supports graphical FTP and HTTP installations. However, the installer image must either fit in RAM or appear on local storage, such as the installation DVD or Live Media. Therefore, only systems with more than 192MiB of RAM or that boot from the installation DVD or Live Media can use the graphical installer. Systems with 192MiB RAM or less fall back to using the text-based installer automatically. If you prefer to use the text-based installer, type linux text at the boot: prompt.

2.1.2. Changes in Anaconda

  • NetworkManager for Networking -- Anaconda is now using NetworkManager for configuration of network interfaces during installation. The main network interface configuration screen in Anaconda has been removed. Users are only prompted for network configuration details if they are necessary during installation. The settings used during installation are then written to the system.
  • When using netinst.iso to boot the installer, Anaconda defaults to using the Fedora mirrorlist URL as the installation source. The method selection screen no longer appears by default. If you do not wish to use the mirrorlist URL, either add repo=<your installation source> or add askmethod to the installer boot parameters. The askmethod option causes the selection screen to appear as it did in previous releases. To add boot parameters, press the Tab key in the initial boot screen and append any new parameters to the existing list. For more information, refer to the repo= and stage2= descriptions at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Options.

2.1.5. Kickstart HTTP issue

When using a Kickstart configuration file via HTTP, kickstart file retrieval may fail with an error that indicates the file could not be retrieved. Click the OK button several times without making modifications to override this error successfully. As a workaround, use one of the other supported methods to retrieve Kickstart configurations.

2.1.6. Firstboot requires creation of non-root user

The Firstboot application requires the creation of a non-root user for the system. This is to support gdm no longer allowing the root user to log in to the graphical desktop.
If a network authentication mechanism is chosen during installation, Firstboot does not require creating a non-root local user.