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Installation of Fedora 12

The following provides a simple guide to installing Fedora 12

Requirements

A copy of Fedora 12 can be downloaded from one of the mirror sites listed at: http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/publiclist

The process of installing Fedora 12 requires a number of steps:

  • Boot the machine with the Fedora 12 DVD in the drive. Hopefully the install process should load up and by selecting “Install or upgrade an existing system” and pressing "Enter", the install process should begin using a graphical user interface. (If this doesn't occur, you may have to change your bios boot settings, ie boot order)

  • The install will ask whether you would like to check the installation media. You may choose to skip this process if you wish.

  • The install process will load additional drivers that might be required for the installation process. This may take a minute or two.
  • After a few moments upon loading drivers, you should now be faced with the Welcome screen, click on the "Next" button to continue.

  • The Language selection screen should be displayed. Select the appropriate language. Then click on the "Next" button to continue.

  • The Keyboard selection screen should be displayed. Select the appropriate keyboard. Click on the "Next" button to continue.

The Installation selection screen may be displayed if you have a previous version of Fedora installed. If this is the case, please select the correct installation, though it is recommend that a "clean" install is done, therefore it is recommended that "Install Fedora" and not "upgrade an existing installation" is selected. Click on the "Next" button to continue.

 

  • The Hostname screen should be displayed. Input the appropriate hostname for the computer along with the domain name. This information will identify the computer. An input example is “jastest.cqu.edu.au”, which identifies the machine as “jastest” on the “cqu.edu.au” domain. Click on the "Next" button to continue.

  • The Time Zone selection screen should now be displayed, select the correct time zone to suit, for CQUni-Rockhampton, we selected "Brisbane". Then hit the "Next" button to continue.
    • If you configure the system to dual boot into Windows, you might wish to unselect the "System clock uses UTC" option, as windows does use UTC.

  • The Set Root Password screen should now be displayed, enter the root password for the machine, once entered, hit the "Next" button to continue.
  • The Disk Partitioning Setup selection screen should now be displayed, select the correct partitioning method.
    • Generally it is best to select "Use entire drive", as this will delete everything currently on the disk and do a fresh setup. You may wish to backup any data you have before proceeding. If you have information on the drive that you wish not to be deleted, you might want to select "Use free space on selected drives and create default layout" or "Create custom layout". Once the partitioning method has been selected, hit the "Next" button to continue.

    • A warning box will now appear to inform you that you will lose all your data. Hit the "Write Changes to disk" button to continue.
    • The installation will now format and setup file system.
  • The Package selection screen should now be displayed. As a personal recommendation, I generally select the "Customize now" option so that additional software can be installed. Once selected, click on the next button to choose the additional packages.


  • For the CQUni Access Grids, the following additional packages are selected:
    • Desktop Environments
      • KDE (K Desktop Environment)

    • Applications
      • Authoring and Publishing
      • Engineering and Scientific

    • Development
      • Development Libraries
      • Development Tools
      • Gnome Software Development
      • Java Development
      • KDE Software Development

    • Additionally, you may wish to include any additional language support


  • Click on the "Next" button, once all of the additional packages have been selected, to continue.
  • The system may now take a few minutes while it prepares the installer to install packages for the system. The installer will then be transferring the install image to hard disk and installing the various packages.


  • Once all the packages have been installed, the machine will need to be rebooted and a final configuration of user accounts will be required. Click on the "Reboot" button to reboot the machine.

  • Once rebooted the First Time Install Welcome screen will be displayed. Click on the "Forward" button to continue.

  • The License Agreement screen should now be displayed, if you are happy with the license agreement, click on the "Forward" button to proceed.

  • The User Account screen should now be displayed. You will be required to enter the following details for user of the computer:
    • Username (eg "ag")
    • FullName (eg Rockhampton Access Grid)
    • Password (xxxxxx)
    • Confirm Password (xxxxxx)
    • Once these details have been entered, hit the forward button to proceed.
      • If a box appears saying that your password is too weak, either click "no" to go back and change it, or "yes" to use it anyway

  • The Date and Time screen will allow you to configure the Network Time Protocol (NTP). We recommend using NTP, as the AccessGrid software highly recommends using it for everything to work correctly. Click on the "Network Time Protocol" tab and then select the "Enable NTP" check box. Once NTP has been enabled, click on the Add button and add the address of the NTP server. If you do not know this address, contact your network administration team (You can use the ones provided if needed, though it is recommended to use a local NTP server.). You may wish to remove all the other NTPs by clicking on them and hitting the remove button. Click on the "Forward" button to continue.

  • The Hardware Profile screen should now be displayed. You have the option of sending your "hardware profile" to the fedora project, though it is quite leave to the option "Do not send profile" selected. Click on the "Forward" button to proceed.
    • You might get asked to "Reconsisder" sending, simply click on the "No, do not send profile" button to complete the install process.

  • Hopefully after a reboot, you should have a working version of Fedora 12 installed.

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