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Network Administration: Installing Fedora 7

After planning your installation and preparing your computer, you’re ready to actually install Linux. The following procedure describes the steps you must follow to install Fedora 7 on a computer that has a bootable DVD-ROM drive:

  1. Insert the Fedora 7 CD in the DVD drive and restart the computer.

    The computer boots from the DVD drive and displays a Linux boot prompt, which looks like this: Boot:

    If you don’t have the installation DVD, download the DVD images from Fedora Project. Then, use DVD burning software to create a DVD from the image.

  2. Press Enter.

    The computer starts Linux from the installation disk. The following screen soon appears.

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    This screen gives you several options for starting the installation. The most common is to simply press Enter.

  3. Press Enter.

    Now a bunch of text messages fly by your screen as Linux starts up. Eventually, the screen shown in the following figure appears, offering to test the CD media you’re installing from to make sure you have downloaded and burned the CD images correctly.

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  4. Press the Tab key and then press Enter to skip the test.

    Still more text messages fly by, but soon Fedora switches into graphics mode and displays the Welcome to Fedora Core screen.

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  5. Click Next.

    The Language Selection screen appears, offering quite a few language choices.

  6. Choose your language and then click Next.

    The Keyboard Configuration screen appears. It lets you choose from about 55 different keyboard styles.

  7. Choose your keyboard type and then click Next.

    Next, Fedora asks for the host name for the computer, as shown in Figure 1-5.

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  8. Enter the name you want to assign this computer and then click Next.

    The Time Zone Selection screen appears. On this screen is a map of the world with dots representing about 500 different locations throughout the world.

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  9. Click the location that’s closest to you and then click Next.

    Next, the Set Root Password screen appears. This screen lets you enter the all-important root account password. It’s vital that this account be protected by a strong password, so choose a good one. Write down the password somewhere and store it in a secure location away from the computer.

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    The screen shown in the following figure is displayed.

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  10. Click Next.

    Fedora warns you that it is about to wipe out any existing data on your hard disk.

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  11. Click Write Changes to Disk.

    Next, the installation program displays the screen shown in the following figure, which lets you choose the optional features you want to install.

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  12. Select the Web Server and Customize Now options and then click Next.

    The screen shown in the following figure. This screen allows you to further customize the packages to be installed.

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  13. Click Servers.

    The list of optional server packages appears.

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  14. Select the server packages you want to install and then click Next.

    When you click Next, the installation program does some double-checking to make sure that none of the packages you have chosen depend on other packages you have not chosen. If it finds such a dependency, it adds the dependent package so that your system will function properly.

    After these dependencies have been verified, the installation programs begins the process of installing Linux. This will take awhile — maybe a long while — so now would be a good time to grab a book or take a nap.

    When the installation finishes, the screen below is shown. Pat yourself on the back for your ingenuity and perseverance.

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  15. Remove the installation disk from the drive and then click Reboot.

    The system is rebooted. Installation is done!

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