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Chapter 4. Preparing Media

To install Fedora Core from discs, you need five installation CDs, or the installation DVD. There are separate disc sets for each supported architecture.

For instructions to download and prepare this CD or DVD installation media, refer to If you already have the full set of Fedora Core installation media, skip to Section 5.1, “Booting from CD, DVD, or USB Media”.

[Important] Architecture-Specific Distributions

To install Fedora Core, you must use the boot and installation media that is particular to your architecture. Refer to Chapter 2, Understanding i386 and Other Computer Architectures for information on hardware architectures and how to determine the right one for your computer.

You may use the first CD or DVD installation disc from the complete Fedora Core distribution to boot your computer. The Fedora Core distribution also includes image files for boot-only CD or DVD media and USB media. You can convert these files into bootable media using standard Linux utilities or third-party programs on other operating systems.

You may boot your computer with boot-only media, and load the installation system from another source to continue the process. The types of installation source for Fedora include:

  • CD or DVD media installation discs

  • hard drive, either attached by USB, or internal to the computer

  • network installation server, using either HTTP, FTP, or NFS

You can use this facility to install Fedora Core on machines without using installation discs. For example, you may install Fedora Core on a laptop with no CD or DVD drive by booting the machine with a USB pen drive, and then using a hard drive as an installation source.

The supported boot media for Fedora include:

  • CD or DVD media (either installation disc #1 or a special boot-only disc)

  • USB media

  • network interface (via PXE)

[Note] Installation from Diskettes

There is no option to either boot or install Fedora Core from diskettes.

4.1. Preparing CD or DVD Media

The images/boot.iso file on the first Fedora Core installation disc is a boot image designed for CD and DVD media. This file also appears on FTP and Web sites providing Fedora Core. You can also find this file on mirror sites in the Fedora Core distribution directory for your particular architecture.

The Fedora Core distribution is also downloadable as a set of CD-sized ISO image files or a single DVD-sized ISO image file. You can record these files to CD or DVD using a CD or DVD burning program on your current operating system:

Windows operating systems

Burn an ISO image to disc using your installed CD or DVD burning software. Most software has an option labeled Burn image file to disc or Make disc from ISO image . If your software offers a choice of image formats, choose "ISO image" as the file type. If several ISO formats are offered, choose the closest match to "Mode 1, 2048-byte blocks."

Apple MacOS X

Open the Disk Copy application, found in the /Applications/Utilities folder. From the menu, select Image Burn Image... . Select the CD image to burn, check that the burn options are correct, and select the Burn button.

Linux operating systems

If you are using a recent version of the GNOME desktop environment, right-click the ISO image file and choose Write to disc . If you are using a recent version of the KDE desktop environment, use K3B and select Tools Burn CD Image , or Tools Burn DVD ISO Image if appropriate. The following command line works for many other environments:

cdrecord --device=
 -tao -eject 

[Note] System-Specific Instructions

Unfortunately this guide cannot offer specific instructions for every possible combination of hardware and software. You can find more information at Consult your operating system's documentation and online support services, and Section 19.3, “Finding Documentation and Support” for additional help if needed.

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