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This guide covers installation of Fedora, a Linux distribution built on free and open source software. This manual helps you install Fedora on desktops, laptops, and servers. The installation system is easy to use even if you lack previous knowledge of Linux or computer networks. If you select default options, Fedora provides a complete desktop operating system, including productivity applications, Internet utilities, and desktop tools.
This document details the full range of installation options, including those that apply only in limited or unusual circumstances. The Fedora 12 Installation Quick Start Guide provides a much-abbreviated set of instructions for downloading Fedora, creating an installation disc, and installing Fedora on a typical desktop or laptop computer. The Fedora 12 Installation Quick Start Guide is available from

1. Background

1.1. About Fedora

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1.2. Getting Additional Help

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