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Installation Notes

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Anaconda is the name of the Fedora installer. This section outlines issues related to Anaconda and installing Fedora 11.

Installation in text mode

Graphical installation remains the recommended method for installing Fedora. If you are installing Fedora on a system that lacks a graphical display, consider performing the installation over a VNC connection. If your system has a graphical display, but graphical installation fails, try booting with the xdriver=vesa option (see Appendix A. Boot Options in the Fedora 11 Installation Guide for details)

The text-mode installation option in Fedora 11 is significantly more streamlined than it was in earlier versions. Text-mode installation now omits the more complicated steps that were previously part of the process, and provides users with a minimal and straightforward experience.

These steps are now automated in text mode:

  • Package selection. Anaconda now automatically selects packages only from the base and core groups. This is sufficient to ensure that the system is operational at the end of the installation process, ready to install updates and new packages.
  • Advanced partitioning. Anaconda still presents users with the initial screen from previous versions that allows them to specify a basic layout for partitions. However, advanced options such as LVM, encrypted filesystems, and resizable filesystems are no longer available.
If you require these advanced filesystem options at installation time, they are available by performing a graphical installation over a VNC connection, or by performing a kickstart installation.
  • Timezone selection: Anaconda now sets a timezone based on the user's choice of language.

Kickstart installations in text mode

Text-mode installations using kickstart are carried out in the same way that they were in previous versions. However, because package selection and advanced partitioning are now automated in text mode, anaconda is unable to prompt users for information missing from kickstart files that it requires during these steps. Specifically, the kickstart file must include the packaging, partitioning, and bootloader configuration, or anaconda will exit with an error message.