Friday, March 11, 2011

Install Fedora 12 From DVD, network, or hard disk?

When you install Fedora, the distribution doesn’t have to come from the installation DVD or CD. After booting the installation DVD, press Tab with the Install selection highlighted. Then type the word askmethod at the end of the boot command line displayed and press Enter. You are offered the choice of installing Fedora from the following locations:

• Local DVD or CDROM — This is the most common method of installing Fedora and the one you get by simply pressing Enter from the installation boot prompt.

• Hard drive — If you can place a copy of the Fedora distribution on your hard drive, you can install it from there. (Presumably, the distribution is on a hard drive partition to which you are not installing.)

• NFS directory — Allows you to install from any shared directory on another computer on your network using the Network File System (NFS) facility.

• HTTP— Lets you install from a Web page address (http://) or FTP site (ftp://).

If your computer doesn’t have a DVD drive, you can use the boot.iso CD image from Navigate to releases/12/Fedora/i386/os/images/ to get the boot.iso CD image file. Make a CD from this file and use that CD to start a network install (HTTP, FTP, or NFS). Just type linux askmethod at the boot prompt to begin the installation process.

If you don’t have a bootable DVD or CD drive, there are other ways to start the Fedora installation. Unlike some earlier Fedora and Red Hat Linux versions, Fedora doesn’t support floppy disk boot images (the Linux kernel is too large to fit on a floppy disk). Therefore, if you don’t have a bootable DVD or CD drive, you need to start the install process from some other medium (such as a USB device, PXE server, or hard drive).

The following specialty installation types also may be of interest to you:

• Boot CD — You can create a boot CD from the location mentioned above. Copy and burn the file boot.iso from the images directory. You can use the CD you create from that image to begin the install process if you have a DVD drive that is not bootable or if you have the Fedora 12 software available on any of the media described in the linux askmethod section.

• USB or other bootable media — If your computer can be configured to boot from alternate bootable media, such as a USB pen drive, that is larger than a floppy disk, you can use the livecd-tools package to build an installable image for your USB device from one of the Live CD or minimal boot images.

• Kickstart installation — Lets you create a set of answers to the questions Fedora asks you during installation. This can be a time-saving method if you are installing Fedora on many computers with similar configurations.

A Fedora Installation Guide is now available from the Fedora Project if you find you need further information. You can access the guide here:

Source of Information :  Wiley - Adobe Fedora Bible 2010 Edition Featuring Fedora Linux
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