Things to Consider Before You Begin Installation

You can install Fedora Core by

1 Booting with the DVD-ROM included in this book and, when you see the boot menu, typing linux and pressing Enter. If, for some reason, you don't see the boot menu, see Appendix B.

1 Booting with the Fedora Core installation CD, which is CD number 1 if you ordered the CD set using the included coupons at the back of this book, or from a third-party vendor such as those listed on the Fedora Project's vendors page at ( vendors.html ).

^ Booting with an installation floppy disk and having the remainder of the installation files read from the DVD-ROM or CD.

To begin the installation from the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM, you must first change your system to start, or boot, from a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM. In Chapter 2, I cover how to configure a computer to boot from these devices.

If you want or need to make the installation floppy disk and have access to a Windows system, perform the steps to create the installation floppy covered in the next section, "Making a Boot Floppy (if Needed)."

After the floppy creation section, the instructions in this chapter tell you how to follow the installation for Fedora Core 3. I concentrate on Fedora Core 3 and its installation for two main reasons:

i Fedora Core 3 is included on the DVD with this book, and the CDs you can order with your coupon.

i Covering the installation of every Linux distribution in existence would make this book into a set of encyclopedias.

I cover the Personal Desktop installation because it requires little or no hard drive preparation and doesn't use umpteen partitions like other installations do. In addition, the Personal Desktop installation option installs the fun point-and-click stuff that is commonly used on desktop and laptop systems. Server or service-type applications, such as the Apache Web server and FTP server, aren't installed with the Personal Desktop option and aren't covered in any detail in this book. However, if you want to use them, you can add these to your Personal Desktop package selection later in the installation process.

Please note that if you're installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a different version of Fedora Core, or a different distribution of Linux, your screens will look different from what is shown in this book (for Linspire, Mandrake, SuSE, and Xandros, see Chapter 4). Each Linux distribution's installation routine covers the same basic tasks, but each action may be presented in a different order or be customized to look different on the screen. For example, one distribution may present account creation before network configuration, and another may have these two topics reversed.

With Fedora, up until you reach the About To Install (GUI install) screen, you can back out of the installation without changing anything on your system. None of the configuration options you make before the About To Install screen are saved to your disks. After you continue beyond the About To Install screen, data is written to disk, and your system is changed.

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