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In this guide we will be providing a easy set of instructions for installing Fedora 12 on your computer. This guide already assumes you have prepared your computer for Linux or alternatively have followed the guides for VMware or VirtualBox if you plan to run Fedora as a virtual machine.
In what appears to be a bug in VMware, you may have a problem initially booting the virtual machine. It appears that VMware detects the Fedora disc and sets its profile to Fedora, however VMware doesn't actually have a Fedora profile and will complain when you try to boot the virtual machine. To fix this edit the settings of the virtual machine, click on the Options tab, select Linux as the Guest operating system and select Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as the Version (or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 64bit if you are using the 64bit version of Fedora). You should now be able to boot the virtual machine.
After booting off the Fedora 12 DVD (which is covered in the guides mentioned in the introduction) you will be presented with the above screen. Just press Enter on this screen. As an alternative you may select the Install system with basic video driver option if you had a problem booting for the DVD previously.
After a little bit of loading you will be presented with the above screen. Although it take a few minutes it is recommended you scan your DVD to ensure it does not contain errors. Just press Enter to begin the scan. Alternatively if you are sure the your DVD is fine then you may skip this step.
You will also have an option labeled System clock uses UTC. This indicates whether the system clock in your computer is set to UTC time or local time. Typically if you are only going to run Fedora on this system then select this option. If you are going to be running Windows then unselect this option.
After you have selected the options appropriate to you click Next.
The second option is if you would like to encrypt your system. The purpose of this option is to encrypt all the data on your hard drive to ensure that if your system is stolen the data on your computer can not be used. How this works is that Fedora will ask you for a password each time you start it, if the person using the system does not know the password then the system will be unable to read the information on your drive.
The Select the drive(s) to use for this installation option is used if you have more than one hard drive installed in your system. Select the drive you would like Fedora to be installed to.
The What drive would you like to boot this installation from? option is used by Fedora to determine where to install the bootloader. Select the drive that your BIOS is configured to boot from first.
The Review and modify partitioning layout is for advanced users to modify the default Fedora layout.
After you have picked the options appropriate for your setup click Next.
You can now pick which features of Fedora you would like installed on your system. The default option is Office and Productivity but you may also select Software Development or Web Server if you wish.
The additional repositories section can be left alone for most people.
The last option on this screen is to select whether you would like to customize your installation further. By selecting the Customize now option you are presented with a list of packages of which you may select what you would like to install. However for most people the default selections are fine.
When you are finished on this screen click Next.
Now the installation process begins, this will take about 15 minutes. When the installation process is complete click on Reboot to reboot the computer. During this time your DVD will be ejected from the drive which you can now remove.
In the Hardware Profile screen you are able to submit your hardware configuration to the Fedora team. What this does is allow Fedora to better gauge which hardware to more focus on and so this option is recommended. To send your profile click on the Send Profile option and then click Finish.
The Setup Agent is now complete and you are now able to log into your system.
Installation is almost complete but there is one very important step before being able to use Fedora and that is to install all the required security updates. For whatever reason the System Update program which provides a nice GUI to install the latest updates does not seem to work reliably in Fedora 12. To work around this we are going to use the terminal interface.
First, make sure you have a working internet connection on your computer. Then log into your computer with the username and password you selected. Now follow these steps:
1. Launch the terminal by going to Applications → System Tools → Terminal
2. Switch to the root user by typing the following:
Enter your root password when asked.
3. Then to start the update process type in the following:
yum -y update
Your system will now update to the latest software packages. When this is complete restart your computer to finish the process.
Your Fedora 12 system is now fully installed and up to date. For further guides in configuring certain parts of Fedora please view our Fedora Guides section.