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3. Before You Begin

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 Fedora Core

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 configurations.

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

3.1. Storage

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.

3.2. Networking

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 information.

[Note] Modem Configuration

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 NFS)

  • 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 by region:

To determine the complete directory path for the installation files, add /5/ architecture /os/ to the path shown on the webpage.

[Tip] Building Your Own Mirror

Refer to for information on how to create your own Fedora mirror for either public or private use.

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.

[Note] Using the Installation Discs

If you boot your computer with either an installation DVD, or the first installation CD, enter linux askmethod at the boot: 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 Microsoft® Windows® domain as part of the installation process. Fedora Core can also use LDAP directories.

[Caution] 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 requirements.

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