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1. Fedora 11 Installation Guide

Here I will describe the main steps for installing Fedora 11 Leonidas. The following screenshots are captured from the Fedora 11 DVD installation. If you use the Fedora 11 Live CD note that the steps are different. So, download a Fedora 11 DVD from fedoraproject.org , put it in your DVD tray and restart your computer making sure from the BIOS that your CDROM is the first booting device.

 
Select the first option "Install or upgrade an existing system".

It is good to check the installation media before installing Fedora to make sure that the DVD was burned succesfully. This should take a few minutes to complete. Of course it isn't obligatory.




Here is our first Fedora 11 screen.



Select the language to be used during the installation.



And the appropriate keyboard for your system.



Next type your computer name. This is the hostname of your computer on a network.

Here select a city close to yours and in the same time zone to configure your system clock. If you have also installed Windows installed on your computer and you will make a dual boot system make sure that the "System clock uses UTC" box isn't selected.

 

Type twice your root password. Root is the administrator of the system. So, it is good this to be a strong password. Not just 123456. :P

 

Now pay attention to the next step, partitioning of your hard drive. If Fedora will be the only Operatining System in your hard disk select "Use entire drive". You can also "Create a custom layout". Generally it is a good idea to make a different partition for your /home where you will keep all your files and another one for the main system. The most common case is that you already have Windows installed and you want to try Fedora 11 as well. If you don't have a partition to use for Fedora or a seperate hard disk you have to resize an existing partition and make some free space. But before you should defrag your hard disk. To learn more read my How to partition your HDD to install Linux guide . Tick the "Review and modify partitioning layout" to make sure you won't install Fedora on the wrong partition.




Here is the default layout. Fedora uses LVM Volume Groups but this isn't something that you should think of.

Select to install boot loader, grub, on /dev/sda. This is the MBR of the first hard disk of your computer. If you have also Windows installed they will appear in the boot loader operating system list and you can choose the default. Of course you can change this at any time.


The basic installation of Fedora 11 includes software for general and internet usage. You can also select now packages for Software Development or Web Servers. If you don't know what those are leave them unselected. You can also choose what packages will be installed by clicking on "Customize now". If you want to install KDE as well or just KDE choose Customize now.




Here are all the packages contained in Fedora 11 DVD to select those you want.



When you are ready click the Next button and the installation will begin. This should take a few minutes depending on your computer.



When the installation completes remove the DVD from the tray and click the Reboot button.



This is the Welcom screen of Fedora 11. You will see it only the first time you boot in Fedora.



The License Information of Fedora.



Now create a new user. This will be the default user that you will use to log into Linux.



Make sure the time and date are correct.



You can also send your hardware profile to The Fedora Project to provide feedback.



This is Fedora Log in screen.



And this is Fedora 11 default Desktop Environment, Gnome.



Now you can continue with the rest of the guide to configure your system and install some additional applications!



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