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F14 Pre-Installation Preparation — F14 Pre-Installation Tasks

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F14 Pre-Installation Tasks

There are several tasks that need to be performed before installing Fedora 14. This includes:


Download and Burn the Fedora 14 DVD or Live Spins

Assuming that you have a 64-bit computer, download the 64-bit Fedora DVD ISO image and burn it to a DVD from your nearest mirror site. You are looking for:

 Fedora-14-x86_64-DVD.iso
CHECKSUM

Alternatively, you can use the Fedora bittorrent (my preferred method) to burn the DVD ISO bittorrent image once you download the torrent file (Fedora-14-x86_64-DVD.torrent)
. Better yet, if significant time has passed since the release date for Fedora 14 you can use Fedora Re-Spins to download an updated version of Fedora 14 with updated packages using the Fedora Re-Spins bittorrent. If you need information about bittorrent, see:

http://www.bittorrent.com/

Once you download the DVD ISO image (and before you burn it to a DVD!), it is wise to verify the checksums to the file(s). The checksum information is found at:

http://mirror.hmc.edu/fedora/linux/releases/14/Fedora/x86_64/iso/Fedora-14-x86_64-CHECKSUM

Now days, sha256sum is used, opposed to md5sum,
due to a weakness in the MD5 hash function. If you need background information about sha256sum, or if you need to download the sha256sum program for either Windows or Linux, see:

http://www.labtestproject.com/using_windows/step_by_step_using_sha256sum_on_windows_xp.html

If the checksums to not match the values given in the
CHECKSUM file, there is an error in the download, and you will have to download the file(s) once again. Complain about it now, but it will save you a lot more time compared to burning a faulty DVD and trying to install Fedora 14 later.

If you need help burning the DVD ISO image, and are using Linux, I suggest gnomebaker. And if you are using Fedora, it's in the repository, so you can use yum to download it.


Partition your Hard Drive

Partitioning your hard drive is necessary to make room for F14 there are a number of ways to do this. You can partition your hard drive with partition creation/editing tools (such as gparted or qtparted) on the Knoppix Live CD available at www.knoppix.org, or by using the same tools with the System Rescue CD available at www.sysresccd.org. Alternatively, gparted offers a Live CD at gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php. I used to use the commercial product PartitionMagic 8.0.1, which used to be made by PowerQuest before it was bought out by Microsoft-owned Symantec, ...who killed the product line (of course). If you need insight into the number of partitions required, and their sizes and types, I strongly suggest that you read my Partition Sizes page.


Determine Dual Boot or Virtualization Options

Determining whether or not you want to dual boot will affect how your hard drive is partitioned. I used to feel that dual booting was an important enough topic that I had a dedicated page toward discussing your options, but I now use VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows inside of Fedora. This also allows me to share my filesystem, and enables near seemless integration of the two systems. VirtualBox is so flexible that I can even program a PIC microcontroller using the USB ports, access DVDs through the DVD/CD drive, etc., all while using Windows 7 on the virtual machine.