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4. Installation Notes

Latest Release Notes on the Web

These release notes may be updated. Visit http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/ to view the latest release notes for Fedora.

Fedora Installation Guide

To learn how to install Fedora, refer to http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/.

Installation issues not covered in these release notes

If you encounter a problem or have a question during installation that is not covered in these relese notes, refer to http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ and http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/Common.
Anaconda is the name of the Fedora installer. This section outlines issues related to Anaconda and installing Fedora 7.

Downloading Large Files

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. Tools without this limitation include wget 1.9.1-16 and above, curl, and ncftpget. BitTorrent is another method for downloading large files. For information about obtaining and using the torrent file, refer to http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/.
Anaconda tests the integrity of installation media by default. This function works with the CD, DVD, hard drive ISO, and NFS ISO installation methods. The Fedora Project recommends that you test all installation media before starting the installation process and before reporting any installation-related bugs. Many of the bugs reported are actually due to improperly-burned CDs or DVDs. To use this test, type linux mediacheck at the boot: prompt.
The mediacheck function is highly sensitive, and 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. For best results with mediacheck, boot with the following option:
linux ide=nodma mediacheck

After you complete the mediacheck function successfully, reboot to return DMA mode to its normal state. On many systems, this results in a faster installation process from the disc. You may skip the mediacheck option when rebooting.

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.
You may perform memory testing before you install Fedora by pressing Esc twice, then entering memtest86 at the boot: prompt. This option runs the Memtest86 stand alone memory testing software in place of Anaconda. Memtest86 memory testing continues until the Esc key is pressed.

Memtest86 Availability

You must boot from Installation Disc 1, the DVD, or a rescue CD in order to use this feature.
Fedora 7 supports graphical FTP and HTTP installations. However, the installer image must either fit in RAM or appear on local storage, such as Installation Disc 1. Therefore, only systems with more than 192MiB of RAM, or which boot from Installation Disc 1, 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.

4.1. Changes in Anaconda

  • Many minor user interface changes:
    • Ability to select the boot drive
    • Advanced storage options, including the ability to add an iSCSI target and disable dmraid devices
    • The time zone page includes a magnification slider to zoom into different areas of the world when choosing location
  • Improved Live images support
  • Ability to install from Live image running from RAM or USB stick
  • Improved IEEE-1394 (Firewire) support
  • Improved installation for Sony PlayStation 3
  • French keyboard layout uses latin9
  • Improved kickstart installation
  • Use of /dev/hdX is deprecated on i386 and and x86_64 for IDE drives, and has changed to /dev/sdX except on PPC. See note about the importance of labeling devices for upgrades from FC6.