Personal Fedora Core 3 Installation Guide
Obtain the Fedora Core 3 cd images or DVD image from a Fedora mirror and burn to CD's or DVD. Boot from the first disk.
I did a Custom Install of Fedora Core 3.
o [Optional] - Remove rhgb from X Windows System. This removes the Redhat Graphical Bootloader from installing. o [Highly Recommended] - Select both Gnome Desktop Environment and KDE Desktop Environment. o [Optional] - Select XFCE if you'd like to try a lightweight window manager. o [Recommended] - Add firefox and thunderbird in Graphical Internet if not selected. o [Optional] - Remove openoffice.org_i18n from Office/Productivity if you don't need international support and wish to save ~apx. 600MB of disk. o [Highly Recommended] - Add grip, k3b, kdemultimedia, totem, and xmms in Sound and Video. Anything you want, please select. o [Recommended] - Remove helix-player in Sound and Video. o [Optional] - Add tuxracer in Games and Entertainment. o [Recommended] - Select Server Configuration Tools. o [Recommended] - Select Windows File Server. This is required if you wish to share files with a Windows computer. o [Required] - Select Development Tools. This is required to do any form of compiling or modifying your linux installation. Chances are you will need this. o [Highly Recommended] - Select X Software Development. This is required to compile new software that uses the X-Windows system. o [Highly Recommended] - Select Gnome Software Development. This is required to compile new software that uses the Gnome environment. o [Highly Recommended] - Select KDE Software Development. This is required to compile new software that uses the KDE environment. o [Highly Recommended] - Select Legacy Software Development. This is required to use some older software and compile some older software. o [Recommended] - Select Administration Tools. o [Recommended] - Select System Tools. * Firewall - You can deselect this if you have a hardware router/firewall (D-Link, Netgear, etc.). It is easy to disable later if you like. * Security Enhanced Linux - Disable SELinux. This is only needed to strictly secure a linux machine for both server usage and for multiple users. I personally find it unnecessary for personal usage.
Install and reboot. For the first boot:
Custom Boot Settings
* I duplicate the entry first entry and remove 'rhgb' which prevents the Graphical Boot Loader from running. (Or you can remove the RPM above).
* I add the 'vga=788' to give a larger text console at boot.
* I needed the 'hdc=noprobe', since the 2.4.20 kernel and newer seem to have a problem detecting that I have NO hdc disk.
* Fedora Core 2 and newer have Security Enhanced Linux (selinux). You can add 'selinux=0' to force disable selinux. (Or you can disable it in the installation above).
* You may remove 'quiet' if you would like to see the kernel boot information.
* If you put a 3 at the end of the 'kernel' line you can force grub to boot into runlevel 3.
* [Strongly Recommended] - Remove 'hiddenmenu' to see the Grub boot menu at boot time. This may come in handy during a problem.
hiddenmenu title Fedora Core (2.6.9-1.667)
root (hd0,9) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/1 rhgb quiet initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-1.667.img
title Fedora Core (2.6.9-1.667)
root (hd0,9) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/1 quiet initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-1.667.img