A different way of installing Fedora

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Fri Sep 27 06:44:17 UTC 2013

On Wed, 2013-09-25 at 21:32 -0400, Matthew Miller wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 06:13:48PM -0700, Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX wrote:
> > I don't know enough about Fedora installation to know what,
> > if any, processor related optimizations are made in the install
> > instead of boot time.
> This is perfectly fine and will work, with one big exception -- by default,
> we only make an initrd that fits the initial system, which means you might
> not have all of the drivers you need. You can either reconfigure dracut to
> generate a generic initramfs, or you can simply boot into the rescue image
> that's generated on install and repair from there.
> There's no install-time tuning and it's a general ideal for the system to be
> as "stateless" as possible, because this makes administration much easier.
> All of this becomes very important with virtualization, where it's very
> common to migrate systems to not-identical virtual hardware.

In practice, though, even the 'non-portable' initramfs is _reasonably_
portable across typical modern PC hardware, since a lot of stuff uses
generic drivers nowadays.
Adam Williamson
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