Fedora 8 (codename Werewolf) was released yesterday and it's the most breathtaking version of the Fedora operating system. Not only does this release bring an installable LiveCD for both i686 and x86_64 architectures, but it also comes with exclusive KDE and GNOME LiveCDs.
I always recommend having an empty hard drive for a Linux installation (that means no other operating system on it, no Windows) and you must have a minimum of 10 GB free space for the Fedora installation. Great, now let's begin.
For this installation, I've used the Install DVD, because it contains all the software you'll ever need. However, this DVD has about 3 GB and if you don't have the necessary bandwidth to download it I recommend to get the KDE or the GNOME LiveCD. Burn it on a blank disc with your favorite CD/DVD burning application, then insert the disc in the optical drive of the computer on which you want to install Fedora and boot from it. You'll be presented with a very nice Fedora artwork GRUB splash and some options. At this part, I simply suggest you to press ENTER, and wait for the system to load.
- If you have an IPv4 address, make sure it's enabled. If you have an IPv6 address make sure it's enabled too (if you don't have an IPv6 address, uncheck the 'Enable IPv6 support' option).
- Check the "Manual configuration" option and enter your IP address and the Netmask (ask your provider if you don't know them). Do the same for the IPv6 address (if you have one).
- Click OK once you've finished.
- Select the 'manually' option.
- Optional, you can setup the system's hostname (e.g. john.fedora.linux).
- Enter your Gateway and Primary/Secondary DNS servers (ask your provider if you don't know them).
1. Accept the license (it's free, don't worry) and click Forward.
2. Configure your firewall. By default, SSH is checked but if you don't use it, uncheck it!
3. Leave SELinux as it is (Enforcing) and click the 'Forward' button.
4. Make sure the date and time are correctly setup.
5. Submit your hardware profile to the Fedora Project to help focus their efforts on popular hardware and platforms. The submissions are anonymous, so do it to improve the next Fedora systems!
6. Create a user account.