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The following article describes how to install;

Fedora Core Linux version 4

Most of the screenshots and instructions have been updated with the FC4 images from a document I wrote some months ago, some of the steps were reordered between FC4 and FC5 so these steps need to be renumbered, the sequence you see them in is the correct one, but the step numbers have to be changed, watch this space. Also I will shrink these down to the same size as the images in the Fedora Core 5 instructions.

Step 1. Download ISOs from the internet

- Linux ISO Torrent is no more, but makes a fine substitute

- For Fedora ISOs I recommend Torrents from Duke

- DVD ISOs make the install easier for PCs or VMWare, Virtual PC does not recognize ISO images over 2.2 Gb, but can map physical DVD drives.

Step 2. Burn ISO images to CD or DVD if necessary

Step 3. Boot from CD/DVD/ISO on;

- The PC you want to install Linux to

- Inside Microsoft Virtual PC

- Inside VMWare Workstation/Server

Fedora Core 4 Boot Menu

Step 4. The boot screen should look like this, hit Enter to continue.

- If the install doesn't go well for you, this is where you would try entering boot options

Check the Media to be sure its not corrupt

Step 5. The installer asks you check your install media, you only need to do this once for each set of discs, once that's done you can proceed with the rest of the install.

Fedora Core 5 Graphical Installation Interface

Step 6. This is the first glimpse of the Graphical Install.

First screen you can click

There isn't very much to do here besides read the release notes, when you want to leave this screen, click Next.

Choose the Language for the installation

Step 7. Choose the language you would like to use for this installation.

Choose the Keyboard language for the system

Step 8. Choose the language for the keyboard on this computer

Choose your install type

Workstation Installs work for most users, and this articleas well as the ones that follow, will concentrate on this basic install.

How do you want ot partition your drive?

Remove all partitions?

Warning before Linux initializes the System partitions

Step 9. There's a warning from the installer if the drive is blank, isn't formatted correctly, or it sees an empty drive image for Virtual PC and VMWare users. If you do not want to erase the drive, you should stop now, and either find another drive to use, or drive partitioning software like Partition magic to free up some space for your new Linux install.

Are you sure?

Step 11. Last chance to save your old data, turn back now if you have any doubts.

Choose your Boot Loader

Step 10. Choose what to do with the existing partitions on the hard drive. The default settings are fine for most users, and Virtual PC or VMWare users.

Network Setup

Step 12. Default network settings look for a DHCP server on your network, the lower half of the screen is for manually setting static IP addresses.

Firewall Settings

Step 23. Firewall, everybody with a computer connected to the internet should have a firewall. However a topic as big as this needs it own article.

Step 24. SELinux, this is an NSA designed structure by which your computer is more secure, and if someone takes over one open service, they don't get security permissions to other services on the box.

Choose your timezone

If you chose no Firewall, the system prompts you to go back and set one up.

Choose your timezone

Step 13. Choose your timezone.

Set Root password

Step 14. Create a password for the Root account. Root is a powerful administrative account. I highly recommend you make a strong password for this account, and don't use the Root account for everyday tasks. Whenever you need to use administrative privleges use the 'su' or 'sudo' commands to login as root briefly then do what you have to do, and get out.

Software install settings

Step 15. Having chosen the Workstation instal, the system offers to let us customize the load, we will use the defaults for now.

Finish changes

Step 16. This is the end of the config settings for this part of the install.

These are the CDs you will need

Do you have all your CDs ready?

Copying files

Step 17. The drive will be formatted, a file system will be written to the drive, and then all of the installation files will be copied to the drive. If you had to use CDs to install this is the part where you will swap out the CDs every 10-20 minutes. DVD installs can run basically unattended until the system is ready to reboot.

Ready to reboot

Step 18. Files are copied and the system is ready to boot into Linux for the first time.

NEED an FC4 Screenshot here

Step 19. On reboot you'll see the boot loader, here is where you would choose to boot another operating system if you chose to multi-boot your system.


Step 20. Files are loading, and Linux is booting for the first time.


Step 21. The welcome screen is one of the last few configuration screens, you can see the last six steps up on the left hand side of the screen.

License Agreement

Step 22. The License Agreement. You can choose to accept it, or not accept it, its up to you, but you've already wiped out your hard drive so what the heck right? Seriously shouldn't this be Step 6?

Date and Time

Step 25. Set the date and time, why didn't we do this when we were picking a timezone?

Display and Color Depth

Step 26. Choose your display, if you are lucky enough to have well supported hardware, your monitor and video card might already be detected. Virtual PC and VMWare users you'll need to click Configure, and set a screen size before you can pick any resolution higher than 800x600.

Virtual PC users you'll need to set the Color Depth to Thousands of Colors as Virtual PC doesn't support 24 bit color, if you skip this step your install will be useless, and you'll have to do it all over again.

Screen Size

Step 27. Choose your display, Virtual PC and VMWare users you're best off picking an LCD screen. Both pieces of software can operate in Windowed or Full Screen mode so pick whatever resolution your real screen can handle, or slightly smaller if you plan on using Linux in a Window all the time. Laptop users check max screen resolution with your manufacturer.

Display set

Step 28. With display settings set, you're almost finshed.

User Account

Step 29. Create a user account for everyday tasks, give this user as strong a password as you can remember. Click Next.

Test your soundcard

Would you like to install anything else?

Install any additional CDs?

The Finish Line

Step 32. Here's the Fedora Core 4 desktop.

Now that you have a Fedora desktop installed, watch this site for how-to guides, and other instructions.

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