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Fedora 7

Installation Guide


Edition 2.0

Fedora Documentation Project

Suart Ellis

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1. Document Conventions
1.1. Typographic Conventions
1.2. Pull-quote Conventions
1.3. Notes and Warnings
2. We Need Feedback!
1. Introduction
1.1. Background
1.1.1. About Fedora
1.1.2. Getting Additional Help
1.2. About This Document
1.2.1. Goals
1.2.2. Audience
1.3. Feedback
2. Quick Start for Experts
2.1. Overview
2.2. Download Files
2.3. Prepare for Installation
2.4. Install Fedora
2.5. Perform Post-installation Steps
3. New Users
3.1. How Do I Download Installation Files?
3.1.1. From a Mirror
3.1.2. From BitTorrent
3.2. Which Architecture Is My Computer?
3.3. Which Files Do I Download?
3.4. How Do I Make Fedora Media?
3.5. What If I Cannot Download Fedora?
3.6. How Do I Start the Installation Program?
4. Beginning the Installation
4.1. The Boot Menu
4.2. Installing from a Different Source
4.3. Verifying Media
4.3.1. Verifying the Live CD
4.3.2. Verifying the DVD
4.4. Booting from the Network using PXE
4.5. Graphical and Text Interfaces
5. Identifying Your Locale
5.1. Language Selection
5.2. Keyboard Configuration
6. Installation Methods
6.1. Alternative Installation Methods
6.2. Installation from a Hard Drive
6.3. Installation TCP/IP Configuration
6.4. NFS Installation Setup
6.5. FTP Installation Setup
6.5.1. Non-Anonymous FTP Setup
6.6. HTTP Installation Setup
7. Welcome Dialog
7.1. Initializing the Hard Disk
7.2. RAID or Other Nonstandard Configurations
8. Upgrading an Existing System
8.1. Upgrade Examine
8.2. Upgrading Boot Loader Configuration
9. Disk Partitioning
9.1. RAID and Other Disk Devices
9.1.1. Hardware RAID
9.1.2. Software RAID
9.1.3. FireWire and USB Disks
9.2. General Information on Partitions
9.2.1. Partition Types
9.2.2. Minimum Partition Sizes
9.3. Understanding LVM
9.4. Advice on Partitions
9.5. Disk Druid
10. Boot Loader
10.1. Keeping Your Existing Boot Loader Settings
10.2. Booting Additional Operating Systems
10.3. Setting a Boot Loader Password
10.3.1. Forgotten GRUB Passwords
10.4. Advanced Boot Loader Options
11. Network Configuration
11.1. Network Devices
11.1.1. Configuring IPv4 and IPv6 Support
11.1.2. Configuring IPv4
11.1.3. Configuring IPv6
11.2. Hostname
11.3. Miscellaneous Settings
12. Time Zone Selection
12.1. Selecting a Time Zone
12.2. Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC)
13. Set the Root Password
14. Software Selection
14.1. Installing from Additional Repositories
14.2. Customizing the Software Selection
14.2.1. Changing Your Mind
14.2.2. Additional Language Support
14.2.3. Core Network Services
15. About to Install
16. Installing Packages
17. First Boot
17.1. License Agreement
17.2. Firewall
17.3. SELinux
17.4. Date and Time
17.5. System User
17.6. Sound Card
18. Your Next Steps
18.1. Updating Your System
18.2. Subscribing to Fedora Announcements and News
18.3. Finding Documentation and Support
18.4. Joining the Fedora Community
A. Boot Options
A.1. Configuring the Installation System at the Boot Menu
A.1.1. Specifying the Language
A.1.2. Configuring the Interface
A.1.3. Specifying the Installation Method
A.1.4. Manually Configuring the Network Settings
A.2. Enabling Remote Access to the Installation System
A.2.1. Enabling Remote Access with VNC
A.2.2. Connecting the Installation System to a VNC Listener
A.2.3. Enabling Remote Access with Telnet
A.3. Logging to a Remote System During the Installation
A.3.1. Configuring a Log Server
A.4. Automating the Installation with Kickstart
A.5. Enhancing Hardware Support
A.5.1. Adding Hardware Support with Driver Disks
A.5.2. Overriding Automatic Hardware Detection
A.6. Using the Maintenance Boot Modes
A.6.1. Loading the Memory (RAM) Testing Mode
A.6.2. Booting Your Computer with the Rescue Mode
B. Setting Up a PXE Server
C. Other Technical Documentation