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	</div></div></div><div><div class="abstract"><h6>Abstract</h6><div class="para">This document shows you how to download and install Fedora. It does
not cover every possible scenario, but describes steps that will
work in most situations on most common hardware.</div></div></div></div><hr/></div><div class="toc"><dl><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Introduction">1. Introduction</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Requirements">2. Requirements</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Download_Fedora">3. Download the Fedora live CD image file</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Burn_the_image_file_to_CD">4. Burn the image file to CD</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Boot_your_computer_from_the_CD">5. Boot your computer from the CD</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Log_in_to_the_Fedora_live_system.xml">6. Log in to the Fedora live system</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-welcome-x86">7. Welcome to Fedora</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#s1-langselection-x86">8. Language Selection</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#d0e401">9. Keyboard Configuration</a></span></
 dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-initialize-hdd">10. Initializing the Hard Disk</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-upgrading-system">11. Upgrading an Existing System</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-networkconfig-fedora">12. Network Configuration</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#s1-timezone-x86">13. Time Zone Configuration</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-account_configuration">14. Set the Root Password</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#s1-diskpartsetup-x86">15. Disk Partitioning Setup</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Write_changes_to_disk">16. Write changes to disk</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#s1-x86-bootloader">17. Boot Loader Configuration</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#s1-pkgselection-x86">18. Package Group Selection</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#s1-installpkgs-x86">19. Installing Package
 s</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#ch-firstboot">20. Firstboot</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-firstboot-license">21. License Agreement</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-firstboot-systemuser">22. System User</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-firstboot-datetime">23. Date and Time</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-smolt">24. Hardware Profile</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#Your_installation_is_complete">25. Your installation is complete</a></span></dt><dt><span class="section"><a href="#d0e983">26. We Need Feedback!</a></span></dt><dt><span class="appendix"><a href="#ap-pkgselection-dvd">A. Package Group Selection</a></span></dt><dd><dl><dt><span class="section"><a href="#sn-package-selection">A.1. Customizing the Software Selection</a></span></dt></dl></dd><dt><span class="appendix"><a href="#appe-Publican-Revision_History">B. Revision History</a></span></dt>
 </dl></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Introduction">1. Introduction</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		This guide shows you how to download a Fedora 11 live CD image, burn this image to a disc, and use this disc to install Fedora 11 on a typical desktop or notebook computer. This guide is not a complete description of the installation process and all its options — for greater detail, refer to the <em class="citetitle">Fedora 11 Installation Guide</em>, available from <a href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f11/">http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f11/</a>.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Requirements">2. Requirements</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		To create a Fedora live CD, you need: 
		<div class="itemizedlist"><ul><li><div class="para">
					a broadband connection to the Internet.
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					a computer with a CD or DVD burner.
				</div></li><li><div class="para">
					software that allows you to create a CD from an image file.
				</div></li><li><div class="para">
					a blank, writeable CD.
	</div><div class="para">
		If you do not have a fast Internet connection, or if you have a problem creating boot media, downloading may not be an option. Fedora DVD and CD distribution media is available from a number of online sources around the world at a minimal cost. Use your favorite Web search engine to locate a vendor, or refer to <a href="http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution">http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution</a>.
	</div><div class="para">
		The computer on which you intend to install Fedora 11 from the live CD should have: 
		<div class="itemizedlist"><ul><li><div class="para">
					a CD or DVD drive, and the capability to boot from this drive.
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					a 400 MHz processor or faster
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					at least 256 MB of memory (RAM)
				</div></li><li><div class="para">
					at least 10 GB of permanent storage (hard drive) space.
		 These specifications represent a bare minumum to use Fedora in graphical mode. Almost any laptop or desktop computer manufactured during the past ten years will meet these requirements. For more details of the hardware requirements for Fedora 11, refer to the <em class="citetitle">Fedora 11 Release Notes</em>, available from <a href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f11/">http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f11/</a>.
	</div><div class="para">
		If your computer does not have a CD or DVD drive, or is not capable of booting from this drive, then you might be able to install Fedora from a USB storage device such as a USB flash drive. Refer to the <em class="citetitle">liveusb-creator</em> page at <a href="https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/">https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/</a> for instructions.
	</div><div class="note"><h2>Do you already have Fedora 11 on CD, DVD, or live USB media?</h2><div class="para">
			If you already have Fedora 11 on CD, DVD, or live USB media, you can still use this guide, because many steps will be similar. Skip ahead to <a class="xref" href="#Boot_your_computer_from_the_CD" title="5. Boot your computer from the CD">Section 5, “Boot your computer from the CD”</a>, then
		</div><div class="itemizedlist"><ul><li><div class="para">
					continue through the instructions in order if you have a Fedora 11 live CD or live USB device.
				</div></li><li><div class="para">
					skip ahead to <a class="xref" href="#sn-welcome-x86" title="7. Welcome to Fedora">Section 7, “Welcome to Fedora”</a> if you have a Fedora 11 DVD or set of six CDs.
				</div></li></ul></div></div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Download_Fedora">3. Download the Fedora live CD image file</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		The image file for the Fedora 11 live CD is available from <a href="http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/11/Live/i686/Fedora-11-i686-Live.iso">http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/11/Live/i686/Fedora-11-i686-Live.iso</a>. Download and save this file to your computer.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Burn_the_image_file_to_CD">4. Burn the image file to CD</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		The exact series of steps that produces a CD from an image file varies greatly from computer to computer, depending on the operating system and disc burning software installed. Use this procedure as a general guide. You might be able to omit certain steps on your computer, or might have to perform some of the steps in a different order from the order described here.
	</div><div class="para">
		Make sure that your disc burning software is capable of burning discs from image files. Although this is true of most disc burning software, exceptions exist.
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		In particular, note that the CD burning feature built into Windows XP and Windows Vista cannot burn CDs from images and that earlier Windows operating systems did not have any CD burning capability installed by default. Therefore, if your computer has a Windows operating system installed on it, you need a separate piece of software for this task. Examples of popular CD burning software for Windows that you might already have on your computer include <span class="application"><strong>Nero Burning ROM</strong></span> and <span class="application"><strong>Roxio Creator</strong></span>. If you use a Windows operating system on your computer and do not have disc burning software installed (or you are not sure that the software can burn discs from image files) <span class="application"><strong>InfraRecorder</strong></span> is a suitable alternative available from <a href="http://www.infrarecorder.org/">http://www.infrarecorder.org/</a>, and is free and open-source.
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		The <span class="application"><strong>Disk Utility</strong></span> software installed by default with Mac OS X on Apple computers has the capability to burn CDs from images built into it already. Most widely-used CD burning software for Linux, such as <span class="application"><strong>Brasero</strong></span> and <span class="application"><strong>K3b</strong></span>, also includes this capability.
	</div><div class="procedure"><ol class="1"><li><div class="para">
				Insert a blank, writeable CD into your computer's CD or DVD burner. On some computers, a window opens and displays various options when you insert the disc. If you see a window like this, look for an option to launch your chosen disc burning program. If you do not see an option like this, close the window and launch the program manually.
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				Launch your disc burning program. On some computers, you can do this by right-clicking (or control-clicking) on the image file and selecting a menu option with a label like <span class="guilabel"><strong>Copy image to CD</strong></span>, or <span class="guilabel"><strong>Copy CD or DVD image</strong></span>. Other computers might provide you with a menu option to launch your chosen disc burning program, either directly or with an option like <span class="guimenuitem"><strong>Open With</strong></span>. If none of these options are available on your computer, launch the program from an icon on your desktop, in a menu of applications such as the <span class="guimenu"><strong>Start</strong></span> menu on Windows operating systems, or in the Mac <code class="filename">Applications</code> folder.
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				In your disc burning program, select the option to burn a CD from an image file. For example, in <span class="application"><strong>Nero Burning ROM</strong></span>, this option is called <span class="guimenuitem"><strong>Burn Image</strong></span> and is located on the <span class="guimenu"><strong>File</strong></span> menu.
			</div><div class="para">
				Note that you can skip this step when using certain CD burning software; for example, <span class="application"><strong>Disk Utility</strong></span> on Mac OS X does not require it.
			</div></li><li><div class="para">
				Browse to the Fedora live CD image file that you downloaded previously and select it for burning.
			</div></li><li><div class="para">
				Click the button that starts the burning process.
			</div></li></ol></div><div class="note"><h2>Check the CD</h2><div class="para">
			After the burning process completes, browse to the CD and check its contents. If you have burned the disc correctly, it should contain a number of files and folders, including <code class="filename">GPL</code>, <code class="filename">README</code>, <code class="filename">LiveOS</code>, <code class="filename">EFI</code>, and <code class="filename">isolinux</code>. If you see only a single file named <code class="filename">Fedora-11-i686-Live.iso</code>, you have burned the image file itself to the CD, rather than burning a CD from the image file. In this case, you cannot use the CD and must try again.
		</div></div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Boot_your_computer_from_the_CD">5. Boot your computer from the CD</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Switch on your computer, load the Fedora 11 live CD into the CD or DVD drive, and restart the computer with the disc still in the drive. Ideally, you should soon see the Fedora boot screen and a ten-second countdown:
	</div><div class="figure" id="fig-bootscreen"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/bootscreen/bootscreen-livecd.png" alt="The Fedora live CD boot screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					The boot screen displays a countdown timer.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 1. The Fedora live CD boot screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
		If you do not see this screen, you might need to select an option manually to make your computer boot from the CD. Power your computer on, and watch the initial BIOS screen for a prompt that indicates which key to use for either:
	</div><div class="itemizedlist"><ul><li><div class="para">
				a boot menu, or
			</div></li><li><div class="para">
				the BIOS setup utility
			</div></li></ul></div><div class="para">
		The boot menu option is preferable. If you cannot see such a prompt, consult your manufacturer's documentation for your computer system, motherboard, or mainboard for the correct keystroke. On many systems, the required key will be <span class="keycap"><strong>F12</strong></span>, <span class="keycap"><strong>F2</strong></span>, <span class="keycap"><strong>F1</strong></span>, or <span class="keycap"><strong>Delete</strong></span>.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Log_in_to_the_Fedora_live_system.xml">6. Log in to the Fedora live system</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		After a ten-second countdown, your computer loads the Fedora live system and presents you with a login screen:
	</div><div class="figure" id="fig-livedesktop-login"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/livedesktop/livedesktop-login.png" alt="The Fedora live system login screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					The Fedora live system login screen. A menu bar with drop-down menus for language and keyboard layout runs along the bottom. A dialog box in the middle of the screen contains the <span class="guibutton"><strong>Log In</strong></span> button.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 2. The Fedora live system login screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="procedure"><ol class="1"><li><div class="para">
				Click on the menus in the gray bar at the bottom of the screen to select your language and keyboard layout.
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				Click the <span class="guibutton"><strong>Log In</strong></span> button. The Fedora live system desktop loads.
			</div></li></ol></div><div class="para">
		The Fedora live system desktop consists of menu bars at the top and bottom of the screen, plus four icons on the desktop. Double-click the icon marked <span class="guilabel"><strong>Install to Hard Drive</strong></span> to launch the installation program.
	</div><div class="figure" id="fig-livedesktop"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/livedesktop/livedesktop.png" alt="The desktop of the Fedora live system"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					The desktop of the Fedora live system. There are menu bars at the top and bottom of the screen, and the icons <span class="guilabel"><strong>Computer</strong></span>, <span class="guilabel"><strong>liveuser's Home</strong></span>, <span class="guilabel"><strong>Trash</strong></span>, and <span class="guilabel"><strong>Install to Hard Drive</strong></span> on the desktop itself.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 3. The desktop of the Fedora live system</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-welcome-x86">7. Welcome to Fedora</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		The <span class="guilabel"><strong>Welcome</strong></span> screen does not prompt you for any input.
	</div><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/welcome/welcome.png"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
				Welcome to Fedora 11
			</div></div></div><div class="para">
		Click on the <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span> button to continue.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="s1-langselection-x86">8. Language Selection</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Using your mouse, select a language to use for the installation (refer to <a class="xref" href="#fig-langselection-x86" title="Figure 4. Language Selection">Figure 4, “Language Selection”</a>).
	</div><div class="para">
	The language you select here will become the default language for the operating system once it is installed. Selecting the appropriate language also helps target your time zone configuration later in the installation. The installation program tries to define the appropriate time zone based on what you specify on this screen.
</div><div class="figure" id="fig-langselection-x86"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/langselection/lang.png" alt="Language Selection"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Language selection screen.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 4. Language Selection</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
	Once you select the appropriate language, click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span> to continue.
</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="d0e401">9. Keyboard Configuration</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Using your mouse, select the correct layout type (for example, U.S. English) for the keyboard you would prefer to use for the installation and as the system default (refer to the figure below).
	</div><div class="para">
	Once you have made your selection, click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span> to continue.
</div><div class="figure" id="d0e416"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/kbdconfig/keyboard.png" alt="Keyboard Configuration"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Keyboard configuration screen
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 5. Keyboard Configuration</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-initialize-hdd">10. Initializing the Hard Disk</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
	If no readable partition tables are found on existing hard disks, the installation program asks to initialize the hard disk. This operation makes any existing data on the hard disk unreadable. If your system has a brand new hard disk with no operating system installed, or you have removed all partitions on the hard disk, click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Re-initialize drive</strong></span>.
</div><div class="figure" id="fig-initializing-x86"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/initializing/initializing.png" alt="Warning screen – initializing hard drive"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Warning screen – initializing hard drive.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 6. Warning screen – initializing hard drive</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-upgrading-system">11. Upgrading an Existing System</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		If your system contains a Fedora or Red Hat Linux installation, a dialog appears asking whether you want to upgrade that installation. To perform an upgrade of an existing system, choose the appropriate installation from the drop-down list and select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span>.
	</div><div class="figure" id="fig-upgrading-fedora"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/upgrading/upgrading.png" alt="The upgrade screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					The upgrade screen.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 7. The upgrade screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-networkconfig-fedora">12. Network Configuration</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Setup prompts you to supply a host name and domain name for this computer, in the format <em class="replaceable"><code>hostname</code></em>.<em class="replaceable"><code>domainname</code></em>. Many networks have a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) service that automatically supplies connected systems with a domain name, leaving the user to enter a hostname.
	</div><div class="para">
		Unless you have a specific need to customize the host name and domain name, the default setting <code class="literal">localhost.localdomain</code> is a good choice for most users.
	</div><div class="figure" id="fig-networkconfig-fedora"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/netconfig/hostname.png" alt="Setting the hostname"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Setting the hostname
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 8. Setting the hostname</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="s1-timezone-x86">13. Time Zone Configuration</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
	Set your time zone by selecting the city closest to your computer's physical location. Click on the map to zoom in to a particular geographical region of the world.
</div><div class="para">
	From here there are two ways for you to select your time zone:
</div><div class="itemizedlist"><ul><li><div class="para">
			Using your mouse, click on the interactive map to select a specific city (represented by a yellow dot). A red <span class="guilabel"><strong>X</strong></span> appears indicating your selection.
		</div></li><li><div class="para">
			You can also scroll through the list at the bottom of the screen to select your time zone. Using your mouse, click on a location to highlight your selection.
		</div></li></ul></div><div class="figure" id="d0e534"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/timezone/timezone.png" alt="Configuring the Time Zone"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
				Time zone configuration screen.
			</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 9. Configuring the Time Zone</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
	Select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span> to proceed.
</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-account_configuration">14. Set the Root Password</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Setting up a root account and password is one of the most important steps during your installation. Your root account is similar to the administrator account used on Microsoft Windows machines. The root account is used to install packages, upgrade RPMs, and perform most system maintenance. Logging in as root gives you complete control over your system.
	</div><div class="figure" id="d0e566"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/accountconfig/rootpassword.png" alt="Root Password"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Setting your root password.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 10. Root Password</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
	 Enter the <code class="systemitem">root</code> password into the <span class="guilabel"><strong>Root Password</strong></span> field. Fedora displays the characters as asterisks for security. Type the same password into the <span class="guilabel"><strong>Confirm</strong></span> field to ensure it is set correctly. After you set the root password, select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span> to proceed.
</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="s1-diskpartsetup-x86">15. Disk Partitioning Setup</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
	On this screen you can choose to create the default layout or choose to manual partition using the <span class="guimenuitem"><strong>Create custom layout</strong></span> option.
</div><div class="para">
	The first four options allow you to perform an automated installation without having to partition your drive(s) yourself. If you do not feel comfortable with partitioning your system, it is recommended that you <span class="emphasis"><em>do not</em></span> choose to create a custom layout and instead let the installation program partition for you.
</div><div class="figure" id="d0e609"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/diskpartauto/autopart.png" alt="Create Default Layout"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
				Automatic partitioning.
			</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 11. Create Default Layout</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
	Create default layout allows you to have some control concerning what data is removed (if any) from your system. Your options are:
</div><div class="itemizedlist"><ul><li><div class="para">
			<span class="guilabel"><strong>Use entire drive</strong></span> — select this option to remove all partitions on your hard drive(s) (this includes partitions created by other operating systems such as Windows VFAT or NTFS partitions).
		</div><div class="warning"><h2>Warning</h2><div class="para">
				If you select this option, all data on the selected hard drive(s) is removed by the installation program. Do not select this option if you have information that you want to keep on the hard drive(s) where you are installing Fedora.
			</div></div></li><li><div class="para">
			<span class="guilabel"><strong>Replace existing Linux system</strong></span> — select this option to remove only Linux partitions (partitions created from a previous Linux installation). This does not remove other partitions you may have on your hard drive(s) (such as VFAT or FAT32 partitions).
		</div></li><li><div class="para">
			<span class="guilabel"><strong>Shrink existing system</strong></span> — select this option to resize your current data and partitions manually and install a default Fedora layout in the space that is freed.
		</div><div class="warning"><h2>Warning</h2><div class="para">
				If you shrink partitions on which other operating systems are installed, you might not be able to use those operating systems. Although this partitioning option does not destroy data, operating systems typically require some free space in their partitions. Before you resize a partition that holds an operating system that you might want to use again, find out how much space you need to leave free.
			</div></div></li><li><div class="para">
			<span class="guilabel"><strong>Use free space</strong></span> — select this option to retain your current data and partitions, assuming you have enough free space available on your hard drive(s).
		</div></li></ul></div><div class="para">
	Using your mouse, choose the storage drive(s) on which you want Fedora to be installed. If you have two or more drives, you can choose which drive(s) should contain this installation. Unselected drives, and any data on them, are not touched.
</div><div class="para">
	Click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span> once you have made your selections to proceed.
</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Write_changes_to_disk">16. Write changes to disk</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		The installer prompts you to confirm the partitioning options that you selected. Click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Write changes to disk</strong></span> to allow the installer to partition your hard drive and install Fedora.
	</div><div class="figure" id="fig-Writing_storage_configuration_to_disk"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/diskpartitioning/write_changes.png" alt="Writing storage configuration to disk"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					The <span class="guilabel"><strong>Writing storage configuration to disk</strong></span> dialog box lets you choose to <span class="guibutton"><strong>Write changes to disk</strong></span> or to <span class="guibutton"><strong>Go back</strong></span>.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 12. Writing storage configuration to disk</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
		If you are certain that you want to proceed, click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Write changes to disk</strong></span>.
	</div><div class="warning"><h2>Last chance to cancel safely</h2><div class="para">
			Up to this point in the installation process, the installer has made no lasting changes to your computer. When you click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Write changes to disk</strong></span>, the installer will allocate space on your hard drive and start to transfer Fedora into this space. Depending on the partitioning option that you chose, this process might include erasing data that already exists on your computer.
		</div><div class="para">
			To revise any of the choices that you made up to this point, click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Go back</strong></span>. To cancel installation completely, switch off your computer. To switch off most computers at this stage, press the power button and hold it down for a few seconds.
		</div><div class="para">
			After you click <span class="guibutton"><strong>Write changes to disk</strong></span>, allow the installation process to complete. If the process is interrupted (for example, by you switching off or resetting the computer, or by a power outage) you will probably not be able to use your computer until you restart and complete the Fedora installation process, or install a different operating system.
		</div></div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="s1-x86-bootloader">17. Boot Loader Configuration</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Some partitioning options cause the boot loader configuration screen to appear. If you do not see this screen, skip to <a class="xref" href="#s1-pkgselection-x86" title="18. Package Group Selection">Section 18, “Package Group Selection”</a>.
	</div><div class="para">
		GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader), which is installed by default, is a very powerful boot loader. GRUB can load a variety of free operating systems, as well as proprietary operating systems with chain-loading (the mechanism for loading unsupported operating systems, such as DOS or Windows, by loading another boot loader).
	</div><div class="figure" id="fig-x86-bootloader"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/x86-bootloader/x86-bootloader.png" alt="Boot Loader Configuration"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Configure how you would like to boot the system.
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 13. Boot Loader Configuration</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
		If there are no other operating systems on your computer, or you are completely removing any other operating systems the installation program will install <span class="application"><strong>GRUB</strong></span> as your boot loader without any intervention. In that case you may continue on to <a class="xref" href="#s1-pkgselection-x86" title="18. Package Group Selection">Section 18, “Package Group Selection”</a>.
	</div><div class="para">
		If you have other operating systems already installed, Fedora attempts to automatically detect and configure <span class="application"><strong>GRUB</strong></span> to boot them. You may manually configure any additional operating systems if <span class="application"><strong>GRUB</strong></span> does not detect them.
	</div><div class="para">
		To add, remove, or change the detected operating system settings, use the options provided.
	</div><div class="variablelist"><dl><dt><span class="term"><span class="guibutton"><strong>Add</strong></span></span></dt><dd><div class="para">
					Select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Add</strong></span> to include an additional operating system in GRUB.
				</div><div class="para">
					Select the disk partition which contains the bootable operating system from the drop-down list and give the entry a label. <span class="application"><strong>GRUB</strong></span> displays this label in its boot menu.
				</div></dd><dt><span class="term"><span class="guibutton"><strong>Edit</strong></span></span></dt><dd><div class="para">
					To change an entry in the GRUB boot menu, select the entry and then select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Edit</strong></span>.
				</div></dd><dt><span class="term"><span class="guibutton"><strong>Delete</strong></span></span></dt><dd><div class="para">
					To remove an entry from the GRUB boot menu, select the entry and then select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Delete</strong></span>.
				</div></dd></dl></div><div class="para">
		Select <span class="guilabel"><strong>Default</strong></span> beside the preferred boot partition to choose your default bootable OS. You cannot move forward in the installation unless you choose a default boot image.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="s1-pkgselection-x86">18. Package Group Selection</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		If you install from a Fedora Live image, you cannot make package selections. This installation method transfers a copy of the Live image rather than installing packages from a repository. To change the package selection, complete the installation, then use the <span class="application"><strong>Add/Remove Software</strong></span> application to make desired changes.
	</div><div class="para">
		If you are installing Fedora from a DVD or set of six CDs, refer to <a class="xref" href="#ap-pkgselection-dvd" title="A. Package Group Selection">Appendix A, <i>Package Group Selection</i></a> for details of package selection.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="s1-installpkgs-x86">19. Installing Packages</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
	At this point there is nothing left for you to do until all the packages have been installed. How quickly this happens depends on the number of packages you have selected and your computer's speed.
</div><div class="para">
	After installation completes, select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Reboot</strong></span> to restart your computer. Fedora ejects any loaded discs before the computer reboots.
</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="ch-firstboot">20. Firstboot</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		<span class="application"><strong>Firstboot</strong></span> launches the first time that you start a new Fedora system. Use <span class="application"><strong>Firstboot</strong></span> to configure the system for use before you log in.
	</div><div class="figure" id="d0e858"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/firstboot/fb-welcome.png" alt="Firstboot welcome screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Firstboot welcome screen
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 14. Firstboot welcome screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
		Select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Forward</strong></span> to start <span class="application"><strong>Firstboot</strong></span>.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-firstboot-license">21. License Agreement</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		This screen displays the overall licensing terms for Fedora. Each software package in Fedora is covered by its own license. All licensing guidelines for Fedora are located at <a href="http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Legal/Licenses">http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Legal/Licenses</a>.
	</div><div class="figure" id="d0e884"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/firstboot/fb-license.png" alt="Firstboot license screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Firstboot license screen
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 15. Firstboot license screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
		If you agree to the terms of the licence, select <span class="guibutton"><strong>Forward</strong></span>.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-firstboot-systemuser">22. System User</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Create a user account for yourself with this screen. Always use this account to log in to your Fedora system, rather than using the <code class="systemitem">root</code> account.
	</div><div class="figure" id="d0e907"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/firstboot/fb-createuser.png" alt="Firstboot create user screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Firstboot create user screen
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 16. Firstboot create user screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-firstboot-datetime">23. Date and Time</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		If your system does not have Internet access or a network time server, manually set the date and time for your system on this screen. Otherwise, use 
		<a id="d0e923" class="indexterm"/>
		<em class="firstterm">NTP</em> (Network Time Protocol) servers to maintain the accuracy of the clock. NTP provides time synchronization service to computers on the same network. The Internet contains many computers that offer public NTP services.
	</div><div class="figure" id="d0e931"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/firstboot/fb-datetime.png" alt="Firstboot date and time screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Firstboot date and time screen
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 17. Firstboot date and time screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="sn-smolt">24. Hardware Profile</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		<span class="application"><strong>Firstboot</strong></span> displays a screen that allows you to submit your hardware information anonymously to the Fedora Project. Developers use these hardware details to guide further support efforts. You can read more about this project and its development at <a href="http://smolts.org/">http://smolts.org/</a>.
	</div><div class="figure" id="d0e952"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/firstboot/fb-profile.png" alt="Firstboot hardware profile screen"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
					Firstboot hardware profile screen
				</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure 18. Firstboot hardware profile screen</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
		To opt in to this important work, select <span class="guilabel"><strong>Send Profile</strong></span>. If you choose not to submit any profile data, do not change the default. Select <span class="guilabel"><strong>Finish</strong></span> to continue to the login screen.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="Your_installation_is_complete">25. Your installation is complete</h2></div></div></div><div class="para">
		Fedora is now installed on your computer. Log in with the username and password that you created during the installation process.
	</div><div class="para">
		To learn more about Fedora, visit the Fedora Project website at <a href="http://fedoraproject.org/">http://fedoraproject.org/</a>. If you need help installing or using Fedora, visit <a href="http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-help">http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-help</a>.
	</div></div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" id="d0e983">26. We Need Feedback!</h2></div></div></div><a id="d0e986" class="indexterm"/><div class="para">
		If you find a typographical error in this manual, or if you have thought of a way to make this manual better, we would love to hear from you! Please submit a report in Bugzilla: <a href="http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/">http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/</a>
		against the product <span class="application"><strong>Fedora Documentation.</strong></span>
	</div><div class="para">
		When submitting a bug report, be sure to mention the manual's identifier: <em class="citetitle">installation-quick-start-guide</em>
	</div><div class="para">
		If you have a suggestion for improving the documentation, try to be as specific as possible when describing it. If you have found an error, please include the section number and some of the surrounding text so we can find it easily.
	</div></div><div class="appendix" lang="en-US"><h2 class="title" id="ap-pkgselection-dvd">A. Package Group Selection</h2><div class="note"><h2>DVD or six-CD set only</h2><div class="para">
			You will not see this screen if you are installing Fedora from the live CD.
		</div></div><div class="para">
	The <span class="guilabel"><strong>Package Installation Defaults</strong></span> screen appears and details the default package set for your Fedora installation. 
</div><div class="figure" id="fig-pkgselection-group-x86"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/pkgselection/pkg-group.png" alt="Package Group Selection"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
	Choose which package groups you want to install.
</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure A.1. Package Group Selection</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
	By default, the Fedora installation process loads a selection of software that is suitable for a desktop system. To include or remove software for common tasks, select the relevant items from the list:
</div><div class="variablelist"><dl><dt><span class="term">Office and Productivity</span></dt><dd><div class="para">
				This option provides the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, the Planner project management application, graphical tools such as the GIMP, and multimedia applications.
			</div></dd><dt><span class="term">Software Development</span></dt><dd><div class="para">
				This option provides the necessary tools to compile software on your Fedora system.
			</div></dd><dt><span class="term">Web server</span></dt><dd><div class="para">
				This option provides the Apache Web server.
			</div></dd></dl></div><div class="para">
	To customize your package set further, select the <span class="guilabel"><strong>Customize now</strong></span> option on the screen. Clicking <span class="guibutton"><strong>Next</strong></span> takes you to the <span class="guilabel"><strong>Package Group Selection</strong></span> screen.
</div><div class="section" lang="en-US"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h3 class="title" id="sn-package-selection">A.1. Customizing the Software Selection</h3></div></div></div><div class="figure" id="fig-pkgselection-details-x86"><div class="figure-contents"><div class="mediaobject"><img src="images/pkgselection/pkg-group-details.png" alt="Package Group Details"/><div class="longdesc"><div class="para">
	Choose to add or remove optional packages from this package group.
</div></div></div></div><h6>Figure A.2. Package Group Details</h6></div><br class="figure-break"/><div class="para">
		Fedora divides the included software into 
		<a id="d0e1085" class="indexterm"/>
		 <em class="firstterm">package groups</em>. For ease of use, the package selection screen displays these groups as categories.
	</div><div class="para">
	You can select package groups, which group components together according to function (for example, <span class="guilabel"><strong>X Window System</strong></span> and <span class="guilabel"><strong>Editors</strong></span>), individual packages, or a combination of the two.
</div><div class="para">
		After you choose the desired packages, select <span class="guilabel"><strong>Next</strong></span> to proceed. Fedora checks your selection, and automatically adds any extra packages required to use the software you select. When you have finished selecting packages, click <span class="guilabel"><strong>Close</strong></span> to save your optional package selections and return to the main package selection screen.
	</div></div></div><div class="appendix" lang="en-US"><h2 class="title" id="appe-Publican-Revision_History">B. Revision History</h2><div class="para">
		<div class="revhistory"><table border="0" width="100%" summary="Revision history"><tr><th align="left" valign="top" colspan="3"><b>Revision History</b></th></tr><tr><td align="left">Revision 0.1</td><td align="left">Tue Jul 14 2009</td><td align="left"><span class="author"><span class="firstname">Rüdiger</span> <span class="surname">Landmann</span></span></td></tr><tr><td align="left" colspan="3">
					<table class="simplelist" border="0" summary="Simple list"><tr><td>Initial version with sections copied from Fedora 11 Installation guide and Readme: Live Images</td></tr></table>

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