Installation of Fedora 15 using Fedora Desktop Edition (Live CD)

This installation guide is provided for those who would like to install Fedora 15 (code name: Lovelock) on a PC.

Fedora 15 (64-bit) was installed on a Core 2 Dual PC with 4GB of memory using the media “Fedora 15 Desktop Edition (64-bit)”.

Getting Fedora 15

  • You can download the latest Fedora distribution at http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-options
  • Select the 64-bit version and download the ISO. The file name is ‘Fedora-15-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso’.
  • Proceed to burn Fedora Live Desktop into a CD. You can search the web on how to burn an ISO image to a CD.

Hardware Requirement 

Ensure that your hardware meets the minimum requirement:

  • Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium Pro or better
  • Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium Pro or better
  • Minimum RAM for text-mode: 256MB
  • Minimum RAM for graphical: 512MB
  • Recommended RAM for graphical: >512MB
  • The hard disk space required depends on what application you choose to install. For Desktop Edition installation, you will require 2-3GB of hard disk space. You might need up to 6GB of disk space after updates and installation of additional applications.
  • It is recommended you have a hard disk space of 9GB to 15GB for the operating system and applications. You might need additional hard disk space for user data.

Getting Help

Important Features and Changes

  • The most obvious changes to Fedora 15 is the inclusion of GNOME 3. This is an entirely new desktop interface.
  • Other system enhancement includes replacing SysVinit and Upstart with systemd, inclusion of /run directory, provides a dynamic firewall management and improving virtualization support.

Installing Fedora 15

  • You can try out Fedora 15 without making any changes to the hard disk by booting up and running the Desktop Edition.
  • The new interface from GNOME 3 looks like this:
  • To install the operating system to the hard disk. Go to Activities and on the sidebar (left hand side), there is a short cut icon “Install to Hard Drive”. Alternatively, you could select Applications >> System Tools and select “Install to Hard Drive”.
  • The installation program starts with the screen below. You are required to select the type of keyboard
  • The next screen allows you to choose the disk storage system. Choose “Basic Storage System”.
  • Next, you are required to enter the host name of your computer. You need to supply the host name using the internet format localhost@domain.com. Local host is the name of the computer; domain name is use when you have an Internet domain. For personal use and home use, you can use the defaults.
  • Select your time zone
  • Enter the root password
  • The next stage, is to designate the drive partition where Fedora is to be installed.
  • If you have only one primary drive, you should let the system configure the drive by selecting the defaults.
  • If you are familiar with the Linux partition, you could customize your drive system.
  • In addition, you have the option to encrypt the whole hard disk or a single partition.

Fedora Partition and Customization

By default, Fedora create a 500MB boot partition (/boot), then it allocates the rest of free space to LVM Group. Under LVM Group, besides few gigabytes of hard disk space is allocated to swap file, the rest of disk space is allocated between root partition (/) and home partition (/home).

  • Standard Partition – boot partition (/boot) 500MB
  • LVM Group
  • root partition (/)
  • home or user data partition (/home)
  • swap file (usually equivalent to your memory size)

LVM (Logical Volume Manager) is a partition management technology that allows multiple physical hard disk to be logically bind into a single volume. This is beneficial especially in a server environment or if you have huge data that span into multiple hard disk

At a minimum, you need to have a boot partition, a root partition and a swap file. The following is my custom configuration. Please note that I use standard partition instead of LVM technology.

  • Standard Partition – boot partition (/boot) 500MB
  • Standard Partition – root partition (/) the rest of hard disk space
  • Standard Partition – swap file (usually equivalent to your memory size)

Using Default: Replace Existing Linux System

  • If you let the system configures the hard disk for you, you can select “Replace Existing Linux System”. If you want to know what how the system is going to configure your hard disk, check “Review and modifying partition layout” and click next.

  • If you have a system with multiple hard disk, you have to choose which hard disk do you want your operating system and boot loader to be installed.
  • This screen shows you how the system configures the hard disk. Those partitions with a tick are the ones the system will change.

Customize and Create Partition

  • The following section is for customizing disk partition, you can skip this section of you are letting the system configures the disk partition for you.
  • Select “Create Custom Layout” from the previous screen.
  • If you have multiple hard disk in the system, you will not be asked which hard disk to installed the operating system or boot loader. The boot loader will automatically installed in sda (the first disk in your SATA system). To select the target device to install the operating system and boot loader, you need to select “Replace Existing Linux System, configure that target device for OS and boot loader. Click “Back” button and select “Create custom Layout”.
  • The following screen show all your hard disk and partition information. You need to understand how Linux named the hard disk and partitions.
  • Depends on the position in the SATA channel, your physical hard disk is labelled as sda, sdb, sdc…and so on. The system will display the hard disk model such as WD4000AAKS with the label (sda or sdb..). It would be a challenge if you have multiple hard disks of same make and model in the same system. You need to identify which physical hard disk belongs to sda or sdb etc. Within a physical drive such as sda, the partitions are labelled sda1, sda2, sda3…etc.
  • Select “Create” to create new partition. You need to specified if it is a LVM volume or standard partition.

  • Then you need to configure the partition by selecting the mount point, physical disk and the size of partition as shown below:
  • Note: Please select”ext 4″ for file system when configuring the boot partition and root partition. The file system for swap file is swap.
  • The partition summary shows how the hard disk is partitioned. Please note that at this point nothing has been written yet, you can make changes.

  • Finally you need to confirm the settings and make the changes

Configuring Boot Loader

  • After the partition is set up, you need to configures the boot loader.

  • You can also choose to list operating system from other partitions or remove the listing. I choose to remove the lisitng of other operating system.

Special Note: Usually, I place the boot loader on the same physical disk that I’ve installed the operating system. If you’ve use the option “Replace Existing Linux System”, you have the choice to specify which hard disk to configures the boot loader. If you’ve use the option “Create Custom Layout”, the boot loader is automatically install in sda. If you want to change from sda to sdc, you need to use the option  “Replace Existing Linux System” and click back and choose “Create Custom Layout” again.

Completion of Installation

  • After configuration of the disk system, the installation program proceeds with the installation of the operating system by copying live image to the hard disk.
  • Once the operating system is copied to the hard disk, you will be asked to exit the operating system and reboot.
  • At this stage the installation is 90% complete. However, you still need to complete the final phase of installation after reboot.

Post Installation Setup

  • First you need to accept the license agreement.
  • Then you need to register a user. Check the box “Add to administrative group”. This allows you to perform sudo command.
  • Next, configures the system date and time
  • I prefer to synchronize the system time with the Internet.
  • And finally you are asked to send hardware profile.
  • The installation is completed when the system prompt the user for login ID.
  • Once is system is up and running, you need to update the operating system IMMEDIATELY and  reboots the virtual machine as new kernels are updated on the system.
  • Please note that the system is mute by default, you need to clear the mute check box before hearing sound.

After the Installation

  • After the installation you need to update the system by selecting Applications >> System Tools >> Software Updates.
  • Alternatively, you can use terminal window and run the command $sudo yum update.
  • Please check the post on Application Installation and Configuration of Fedora 15 (Lovelock) on how to install various useful applications.
  • You could also check the following post for various types of configuration:

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