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Installing the Fedora 17 Linux O/S


This section takes you step by step through the installation of Fedora linux. The images were taken from the Fedora 17 release (which was the latest release at time of writing). To start Fedora, you will need to boot from the boot DVD or USB you created in the previous section.

..this gives you a chance to try out Fedora to see it you like it enough to want to install it

Test Driving Fedora

Fedora will be booted into the Live System User screen: this gives you a chance to try out Fedora to see it you like it enough to want to install it or to directly install it:

Live System User Desktop

If you choose to try it out first, you will get a message reminding you that you can install to your hard drive at any time:

Live User Install Icon

From "Try Fedora" mode, you can start the installation by clicking on the "Install to Hard Drive" icon from the "Favourites" area on the left-hand side of the Activities area:

Live User Install Icon

The Fedora Installer

Once you click on the Install to Hard Drive icon, the installation wizard will display:

  1. The first thing you will be asked (-after all the usual licensing stuff) is for your preferred language - select this then click the "Next" button:

    Choose Device Types

    Note: there is no Welsh option - unlike Ubuntu!

  2. You will then be asked which type of devices you wish to install to: for the vast majority of home installs, the default (Basic Storage Devices) can be accepted. Click the "Next" button to continue:

    Set Computer Name

  3. Now enter the name that you want to refer to the computer: this is only used in the logon screen or if you have a home network. Once entered, click on the "Next" button to continue:

    Set Computer Name

  4. Select your timezone then click the "Next" button:

    Set Timezone

  5. Enter a password for the "root" user, confirm it and click the "Next" button:

    Set Root Password

  6. Fedora next asks you how you would like to install it. The options include letting Fedora overwrite any existing O/S, dual-booting with an existing O/S or manual configuration. We normally recommend you select the latter ("Create Custom Layout") and set your filesystems per the instructions given in the Fedora 15 install section. However, here we will just just select the first option for brevity. Click the "Next" button to continue:

    Create Filesystem Menu

  7. In an "Use all Space" install, you will be shown the available devices attached to the system and asked to select a device (-or devices) to install to:

    Select Free Partition

  8. Select the desired device(s) in the left hand pane, then click the right arrow button to move it to the right hand pane. This will select the device for installation:

    Select Partition Type

  9. You will then be asked to confirm that the installation should be created on the selected disc(s). Note this is your last chance to back out of the installation without overwriting anything. Once you are happy, click "Write Changes to Disk":

    Select Partition Type

  10. Fedora will then show you a summary of the filesystems created - if all looks good, click "Next":

    Select Partition Type

    Note: if you wish, you can create new -or modify/delete existing- filesystems at this point

  11. Next, you will be asked to configure the boot loader; normally the default is correct, so just accept this:

    Installation in Progress

  12. Again, you will asked to confirm this - as data will be overwritten:

    Select Partition Type

  13. The installation will finally begin! A progress bar will be shown and it normally takes just a few minutes (-depending on how quick your drives are). Unlike the Ubuntu Installation, there are no fancy images that are displayed and, as a result, it is normally quicker

    Setup Wizard Welcome Page

  14. When the installation completes, the screen below will be displayed, prompting you to reboot:

    Live User Desktop

  15. After the machine reboots, you will see the grub menu display - just hit ENTER to accept the default option and continue:

    Setup Wizard Welcome Page

  16. After the machine reboots, you will see the setup wizard display. Click the "Forward" button (bottom right) to continue:

    Setup Wizard Welcome Page

  17. Review the licensing information, then click the "Forward" button

  18. Enter the details of the user that you wish to be the administrator account, then click the "Forward" button:

    Setup Wizard: create user

  19. Check or set the current date/time (-if incorrect), then click the "Forward" button:

    Setup Wizard: Licence Agreement

  20. Finally, you can elect to send your hardware profile for the Fedora development team, so they have a better idea of the target hardware they are developing for, then click the "Forward" button:

    Setup Wizard: Hardware Profile

  21. The setup wizard will then close and you be prompted to login. Click on the account that you just created:

    Login Dialogue

  22. Enter the password for the account you created in step 18, then click the "Sign In" button:

    Final User Desktop

  23. Once you logon, the default Fedora desktop will display, ready for you to use!


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