11 June 2007

instalation fedora core

You can let the installer check your Fedora CDs, but if you're short on time select Skip as the tests can take some minutes:

Hit Next:

Select your language:

Select your keyboard layout:

Select Yes when asked Would you like to initialize this drive, erasing ALL DATA?:

The default partitioning is ok, so you can hit Next:

Confirm your selection by answering Yes to Are you sure you want to do this?:

The default networking settings (DHCP) are ok, so click on Next:

Select your time zone:

Specify a root password:

Now we select the software that we want to install. Select Office and Productivity only. Don't enable additional repositories as we will do this later (in my tests the installer crashed three times when I selected Fedora Extras; a fourth time it was ok). Then check Customize now and click on Next:

Now we can select the package groups we want to install. Select
GNOME Desktop Environment
Authoring and Publishing
Educational Software
Engineering and Scientific
Games and Entertainment
Graphical Internet
Sound and Video
Text-based Internet
Development Libraries
Development Tools
Administration Tools
Dial-up Networking Support
System Tools
X Window System
and uncheck all other groups, then click on Next:

The installer checks and resolves all dependencies:

Click on Next to start the installation to your hard disk:

You should have all five Fedora Core 6 CDs, so click on Continue:

Your hard disk is being formatted:

Afterwards, Fedora is installed. This can take a few minutes:

Some post-installation steps (such as installing the GRUB boot loader) are performed:

Afterwards, remove the Fedora CD from the CD drive and click on Reboot to reboot and finish the installation:

This is how it looks when your new Fedora system boots:

After the first boot, we have to specify some details for the initial configuration of our new system. Click on Forward:

Accept the license agreement and click on Forward:

The default firewall settings are ok, so you can leave them unchanged and click on Forward:

SELinux is a security extension of Fedora that should provide extended security. In my opinion you don't need it to configure a secure system, and it usually causes more problems than advantages (think of it after you have done a week of trouble-shooting because some service wasn't working as expected, and then you find out that everything was ok, only SELinux was causing the problem). Therefore I disable it:

Confirm the SELinux deactivation:

Set your date and time, then click on the Network Time Protocol tab:

With the network time protocol (NTP) your computer can fetch the current time from a time server over the internet, so you don't have to adjust the system clock every few weeks. The default settings should work, so to enable NTP click on Forward:

Now we create a normal user account. This is the user we use to log in to our desktop:

Next test your sound card. Click on the Play button (the triangle):

If you hear a sound, click on Yes:

Then click on Finish:

The system must reboot for the changes to take effect:

Now the base system is ready to be used.
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