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F12 Installation First Boot

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor Gregory R. Kriehn
F12 First Boot

Once Fedora reboots, click Forward on the Welcome page.  

On the License page, click on the Forward button to agree to the terms of the license (which you should theoretically read online).  

On the Create User page, choose a Username (in lower case, and not "root"), a Full Name (any case), and a Password for the new user along the same lines as your root password (alpha, numeric, and special characters). Click Forward.

On the Date and Time page, adjust the current date and time under the Date & Time tab, and then click on the Network Time Protocol tab and click on the Enable Network Time Protocol if you wish for the computer to synchronize its clock with a remote time server. For my server I have this enabled, but not for the laptop since it does not always have an available network connection, and the option will bog down your boot process considerably if it cannot connect to the remote time server. When finished, click Forward.  

On the Hardware Profile page, choose whether or not you want to allow the operating system to submit your hardware profile page back to Fedora to help them focus their efforts on developing drivers and applications for popular hardware and platforms.  The submissions are anonymous.  Click on the Send Profile or Do not send profile button, and click Forward.

Logging in to the System

You will now see the default gdm (Gnome daemon) login screen. Type in your username and password that you selected earlier (type in your username in the box, hit Enter, followed by your password and Enter once again). You have now logged into Fedora 8 for the first time!

When Fedora finishes booting into the graphical interface, you have the option of moving the panels if you want to do so. To try this, click on the top panel and hold your left mouse button down. Then drag the panel to the bottom of the screen and release the mouse button. You can drag the panels wherever you wish.

Finally, click on Applications -> System Tools, and right click on Terminal and select Add this launcher to panel. You will notice a new terminal icon pop up on the panel. Right click on the icon and select move. Then move the icon to the left near the other icons and unclick the mouse to position it there. We will be using terminal windows extensively. To launch the terminal, simply click on the new icon.

Next, it is time for some serious configuration to bring Fedora up to its full potential. An overview of this is provided on the Post-Installation Changes (Order of Importance) page.