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Personal Fedora Core 3 Installation Guide

Physical Installation

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.

  • Partitioning - I have 3 partitions: a 6GB / main partition, a 10GB /home partition and a 1GB partition.
  • Boot Loader - My boot loader is Grub which is installed on the / partition, NOT the MBR. To do this, select Configure Advanced Boot Loader Options and install to First sector of boot partition. I use Bootpart from Windows 2000 to load Linux. An alternative to Bootpart is the NT OS Loader + Linux mini-HOWTO. I recommend this so you do not corrupt your Windows installation in a Dual-Boot environment.
  • Package Selection - apx 3.1-3.7GB
        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:

  • Network Time Protocol - Enable this ONLY if you have an active working internet connection that is on (ex: broadband, T1, DSL). Do not enable NTP Broadcast unless you have other linux machines on your network.
  • Video Resolution - Set this to the correct settings you know should work even if it doesn't seem to sit properly on the screen.
  • Users - Create 1 user account for yourself. Always use that account DO NOT use root as your personal account.

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.

edited /boot/grub/grub.conf:

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
handbook/handbook/installation/fedora.txt · Last modified: 2010/04/15 21:18 (external edit)