Before you install Fedora Core, you need access to:
boot or installation media (refer to
Section 4, “Preparing Media” for more information)
information about your network configuration
a copy of this Installation Guide and the Release Notes for this version of
The Release Notes specify the hardware requirements for the
version of Fedora Core which you are about to install. They also provide
advice on any known problems with particular hardware and software
The Release Notes are available on the first disc in HTML and
plain text format. The latest versions of this Installation Guide and the
Release Notes are available at http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/.
A Fedora system requires a minimum of 700 MB storage for a
command-line system. A desktop system with the default
applications requires at least 3 GB of storage. You may install
multiple copies of Fedora on the same computer.
Configure any RAID functions provided by the mainboard of your
computer, or attached controller cards, before you begin the
installation process. Fedora can automatically detect many RAID
devices and use any storage they provide.
By default, Fedora Core systems attempt to discover correct connection
settings for the attached network using
DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol).
Your network may include a DHCP provider which delivers settings
to other systems on demand. The DHCP provider may be a router or
wireless access point for the network, or a server.
In some circumstances you may need to provide information about
your network during the installation process. Refer to
Section 3.3, “Installing from a Server or Web Site” and
Section 3.4, “Installing Fedora Core on a Managed Network” for more
The installation system for Fedora Core does not configure modems. If
your computer has a modem, configure the dialing settings
after you complete the installation and reboot.
3.3. Installing from a Server or Web Site
You may install Fedora Core using a mirror, a
Web site or network server that provide a copy of the necessary
files. To use a mirror, you need to know:
the name of the server
the network protocol used for installation (FTP, HTTP, or
the path to the installation files on the server
You may install Fedora Core from your own private mirror, or use one of
the public mirrors maintained by members of the community. To
ensure that the connection is as fast and reliable as possible,
use a server that is close to your own geographical location.
The Fedora Project maintains a list of HTTP and FTP public mirrors, sorted
To determine the complete directory path for the
installation files, add
to the path shown on the webpage.
To use a mirror, boot your computer with a Fedora disc, and
follow the instructions in
Chapter 2, Alternative Installation Methods
. Refer to
Section 4, “Preparing Media” for more information on
creating the boot media.
||Using the Installation Discs
If you boot your computer with either an installation DVD, or
the first installation CD, enter
prompt to access the server installation options.
If your network includes a server, you may also use
PXE (Pre-boot eXecution Environment) to
boot your computer. PXE (also referred to as
netboot) is a standard that enables PCs
to use files on a server as a boot device. Fedora Core includes
utilities that allow it to function as a PXE server for other
computers. You can use this option to install Fedora Core on a
PXE-enabled computer entirely over the network connection, using
no physical media at all.
3.4. Installing Fedora Core on a Managed Network
Some corporate networks include a directory
service that manages user accounts for the
organization. Fedora Core systems can join a Kerberos, NIS, Hesiod, or
Windows® domain as
part of the installation process. Fedora Core can also use LDAP
||Consult Network Administrators
If you are installing outside of your home, always consult the
administrators before installing a Fedora Core system on an existing
network. They can provide correct network and authentication
settings, and guidance on specific organizational policies and