install guide draft

Mani A a.mani.cms at
Fri Apr 3 23:58:14 UTC 2009

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On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 9:30 PM,  <fedora-docs-list-request at> wrote:
Ruediger Landmann <r.landmann at> wrote:
> Mani A wrote:
>> I had a look at some parts of
>> Guide/en-US/html
> Many thanks! We need eyes on this.
>> "7.22.4. SMP Motherboards and GRUB
>> In previous versions of Fedora there were two different kernel
>> versions, a uniprocessor version and an SMP version. In Fedora 11 the
>> kernel is SMP-enabled by default and will take advantage of multiple
>> core, hyperthreading, and multiple CPU capabilities when they are
>> present. This same kernel can run on single CPUs with a single core
>> and no hyperthreading. "
>> This is being repeated since FC-4-6?
> Did the native kernel have multiprocessor support before F9?
> (whatever version it was, the text should be clarified to name it
> specifically)

mentions it

says 'There is no separate SMP kernel available for the x86_64
architecture in Fedora Core 5'

> This note will become less and less relevant with each release – at what
> point should we drop it though?

I think it is time.  Very few distros have been having different
kernels for SMP and uniprocessors for 2+ years.

>> "Swap should equal 2x physical RAM for up to 2 GB of physical RAM, and
>> then an additional 1x physical RAM for any amount above 2 GB, but
>> never less than 32 MB.
>> So, if:
>> M = Amount of RAM in GB, and S = Amount of swap in GB, then
>> If M < 2
>>       S = M *2
>> Else
>>       S = M + 2"
>> Using this formula, a system with 2 GB of physical RAM would have 4 GB
>> of swap, while one with 3 GB of physical RAM would have 5 GB of swap.
>> Creating a large swap space partition can be especially helpful if you
>> plan to upgrade your RAM at a later time.
>> For systems with really large amounts of RAM (more than 32 GB) you can
>> likely get away with a smaller swap partition (around 1x, or less, of
>> physical RAM)."
>> The formula is not correct. Or is this the result of some special study?
> The formula is the current recommendation in Red Hat Enterprise Linux
> (see ) and is what anaconda
> will create by default when installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux or
> Fedora. I don't think we should change this recommendation unless
> anaconda's behaviour changes as well.
> I think the text makes it pretty clear that this recommendation is only
> indicative; it's prefaced "If you are unsure about what size swap
> partition to create..."
> Do you think we need to draw more attention to this being a "rule of thumb"?

Some references should be provided.

On systems with SSDs swap partitions are not recommended.

Kernel Options

Most if not all desktop, netbook and laptop users will need the option

It should be documented.

btw some parts of the draft guide have explicit instructions for RHEL


A. Mani

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