Fedora Linux Installation
Fedora Linux Installation Help
Note from the COMP 374 Course Professor The course materials for COMP 374 come with the CDs to install a completely operational Fedora Linux, which is actually Red Hat Linux with additions. All the information you need to install Fedora Linux is available on http://fedora.redhat.com/. The CDs are the 32-bit version. If you have a better hardware, then you can download the 64-bit version available on the site. This site (http://fedora.redhat.com/) also contains the documentations. The Fedora Installation manuals have all what you need including installation guide and user guide. The Red Hat 9 manuals have further information regarding getting started, customization, security guide, administration guide, etc. The easiest way to install Linux is to find an old computer, such as an older Pentium, and dedicate this computer to Linux. (Check system requirements in the above documentation before you start your installation.) The installation should go smoothly and you will notice that Linux has identified your hardware and established the Internet connection right way. If you, however, insist on having the two rivals, Windows and Linux, run side by side, then the best is to invest in hard drive and install Linux on a secondary HD. If you still insist on housing both Windows and Linux on this same Hard Disk, then you have to partition the Hard Disk. It is your responsibility to learn how to partition your Hard Disk. The Internet has many resources and sites with advise on how to partition the disk. The cheapest is to use the fips Dos command (http://www.igd.fhg.de/~aschaefe/fips/). This link might change with time, but you can still find guidance on how to partition your disk. Although this way is the hardest, but it is still doable, and provides an opportunity for learning. As you install and configure the new Linux, you will face some problems. Do not panic, this is what system administrators do on daily basis - solve systems problems. The more problems you face the more you learn. Luckily, the Internet has many discussion groups and FAQ boards. You will surely find others asking the same questions you have in mind, so get active in these groups.
WARNING: Ensure that you follow the instructions carefully during the installation. Choosing the wrong configuration for your hardware, especially the video card, monitor type and monitor frequencies can cause severe damage to your machine. If you are unable to configure these, you can proceed in your course without the X Windowing system installed. Because of these dangers, you must use the official Red Hat documentation. The Virtual Helpdesk cannot help you with your Linux install Red Hat Linux Links:
- Fedora Linux
- The Official Red Hat Linux 9 Documentation
- Check To Make Sure That Your Hardware Is Compatible
- Search the Red Hat Knowledge Base
- Fedora Linux Installation
- The Linux Documentation Project
- Just Linux
- Linux Online
- The Red Hat Mailing Lists
- Linux Headquarters-Step-By-Step Guides for Linux Users
- comp.os.linux.redhat - This newsgroup primarily covers Red Hat Linux-specific issues.
- linux.redhat.install - Covers all types of installation questions.
- linux.redhat.misc - Questions or requests for help that do not really fit into traditional categories go here.
Additonal Installation Resources outside of Red Hat:
Last Updated April 08, 2011