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RedHat Fedora Core Installation Guide - 2. Before You Begin

2. Before You Begin

To install Fedora Core from discs, you need four installation CDs, or the installation DVD. There are separate disc sets for each supported architecture. Currently, Fedora Core supports the i386, ppc, and x86_64 architectures. These architectures are described below:


Intel x86-compatible processors, including Intel Pentium and Pentium-MMX, Pentium Pro, Pentium-II, Pentium-III, Celeron, Pentium 4, and Xeon; VIA C3/C3-m and Eden/Eden-N; and AMD Athlon, AthlonXP, Duron, AthlonMP, and Sempron


PowerPC processors, such as those found in Apple Power Macintosh, G3, G4, and G5, and IBM pSeries systems


64-bit AMD processors such as Athlon64, Turion64, Opteron; and Intel 64-bit processors such as EM64T

You should also have the following documents:

  • a current copy of the Release Notes

  • a copy of this Installation Guide

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 can always be found at

2.1. 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 2.3, “Installing from a Network Server” and Section 2.4, “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.

2.2. Installing Fedora Core as a Server

Fedora Core includes software for a complete range of network services. To install a system with the most common network services, select the Server installation type during the installation. Refer to Chapter 5, Installation Types for more information. You may also select individual software packages during installation, or install them later.

2.3. Installing from a Network Server

To install Fedora Core using a network installation server you will need to know the following:

  • the name of the server

  • the network protocol used for installation (FTP, HTTP, or NFS)

  • the path to the installation files

A network installation requires boot media, unless you are using PXE (Pre-boot eXecution Environment) to boot your computer. Boot your computer using either an installation DVD, the first installation CD, a boot CD, or a prepared USB storage device.

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.

Booting your computer is explained in the next section, Chapter 1, Beginning the Installation.

2.4. 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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