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Old 05-10-2004, 10:03 PM   #1
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Question Do I need an existing OS in order install Fedora?


Hi

I'd like to install Fedora. I've already burned it onto three CDs. What next . . . I have three computers: On the 1st is Redhat8.0, on the 2nd is Sun Desktop (SuSe OS) and on the 3rd is windows xp. Do I remove the OS from the computer onto which I want to install Fedora? Does Fedora self-install or does it require an OS to handle its installation?

Thanks much.
Tina
 
Old 05-10-2004, 10:12 PM   #2
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You do not need an existing OS installed in order to install Fedora Core, you don't need a existing OS to install any operating system. Fedora Core is really easy to install too, as they use the Anaconda installer from Red Hat. It is a nice GUI installer. All you do is reboot the computer with the first CD in the drive (you know that your bios must be enabled to boot from the cd drive, most new computers support this by default) and Fedora Core's installer will load. Not much can go wrong.

You don't even need to remove the existing OS, you can have a dual boot system so that you can choose which operating system to boot into as your computer first boots.

Good Luck!!!

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Old 05-11-2004, 03:50 AM   #3
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Thanks

Somehow it has not turned out that way yet. Which made me wonder if my CDs are corrupted. From http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pu...re/1/i386/iso/ I had copied:

yarrow-SRPMS-disc1.iso
yarrow-SRPMS-disc2.iso; and
yarrow-SRPMS-disc3.iso onto some CDs.

Is that all of the Fedora content required to install and run the program? It didn't work.

So I wanted to re-copy again but due to high traffic had to use a mirror site that led to ftp://ftp.linux.ncsu.edu/pub/fedora/...e/development. Here I clicked on the SRPMS tab and a list of rpm files appeared. I couldn't tell if they were the equivalent of the above three files---Here there are so many more files listed.

I know I can do this with some help.

Tina.
 
Old 05-11-2004, 03:53 AM   #4
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you accidently got the source rpm's disks. those aren't for installing, those are for building.
 
Old 05-11-2004, 03:56 AM   #5
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You dont 'copy' the files. they are images of a disk... sector by sector... (you should have a bunch of files in the CD rom, not just one file called sumting.iso

Read this thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=180077

I think you will find out there your solution.
 
Old 05-11-2004, 05:55 AM   #6
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Sorry my sloppy choice of words. I meant 'burn' not copy. That I did using ROXIO Easy CD & DVD Creator.

Tina
 
Old 05-11-2004, 06:30 AM   #7
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look for the right iso's at www.linuxiso.org

they're called install disks 1 2 and 3.

i looked at that directory you downloaded from. the first three disks are source disks. the second three are the install disks for intel compatible(most) computers.

MD5SUM 04-Nov-2003 12:00 1k
yarrow-SRPMS-disc1.iso 04-Nov-2003 11:39 610M
yarrow-SRPMS-disc2.iso 04-Nov-2003 11:39 610M
yarrow-SRPMS-disc3.iso 04-Nov-2003 11:38 610M
yarrow-i386-disc1.iso 04-Nov-2003 11:38 630M
yarrow-i386-disc2.iso 04-Nov-2003 11:38 637M
yarrow-i386-disc3.iso 04-Nov-2003 11:38 616M

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Old 05-12-2004, 04:10 AM   #8
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Thank you.

Burn4Free worked really smoothly. But especially terrific was getting the right material from www.linuxiso.org. It launched immediately.

Things came to a halt though when the 'Not Found' message detailed below popped up. Where do I get those packages? Please.

Packages Not Found.
The following packages could not be found on your system. installation cannot continue until they are installed.

Unlocatable Package. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Required by
libcrypto.so.4.......................................................postgresql-libs
libssl.so.4.............................................................postgresql-libs
aspell >= 0.50.....................................................aspell-en
openssl = 0.9.7a-23..........................................openssl-devel
ncurses = 5.3......................................................ncurses-devel
netpbm = 9.24-12...............................................netpbm-devel
gmp = 4.1.2..........................................................gmp-devel
db4 = 4.1.25-14...................................................db4-utils
libd-4.1so..............................................................db4-utils
libpthread.so.0(GLIC_2.3.2).............................db4-utils
openldap = 2.1.22-8.......................................... openldap-devel
libxml2 = 2.5.11...................................................libxml2-devel
e2fsprpgs = 1.34.................................................e2fsprogs-devel
cyrus-sasl = 2.1.15-6.........................................cyrus-sasl-devel
libcrypto.so.4.......................................................cyrus-sasl-devel
kdelibs >= 6:3.1.4...............................................kdegraphics
python >= 2.2.2...................................................PyQt
kdelibs >= 6:3.1.4...............................................kdeutils
etc, etc.
 
Old 05-12-2004, 05:20 AM   #9
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Is the H.D. formatted? good luck,david
 
Old 05-12-2004, 07:46 AM   #10
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i don't know if something's wrong with the cd's or you're just installing programs that aren't included in that cd set. i would say to unselect those packages in the install. in the column that says "required by", unselect those. you can always install them later from the web i guess.
 
Old 05-12-2004, 04:49 PM   #11
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SUCCESS! Atlast.
I remembered reading your instruction that the CD should be in the drive when I boot. This is what I did this time. And it worked. On my failed attempt described earlier I had put in the CD (without rebooting) and responded "Yes" to a prompt to run the installation.

Anyways, now I have a computer configured as a server. I'm about to repeat it again on another computer at which time I'll select desktop configuration. I'm thrilled about the Dual Boot System feature which will allow me to keep my Sun Desktop.

To recap:

1. burn4free proved more suitable to copy ISOs
2. www.linuxiso.org has useable Fedora downloads
3. reboot the system with the CD already in the drive

www.linuxquestions.org has got the most responsive set of experts and newbie help in my experience with forums. Thank you all very much.

Tina
 
Old 05-12-2004, 08:12 PM   #12
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have fun.
 
Old 05-12-2004, 10:35 PM   #13
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Nice job! Linux is quite fun b/c it is a challenge. At least it is for me anyways b/c I am a Windows Guru (Linux Guru Wannabe :P)... I still have not been able to get my system to dual boot with the Slackware distro. I have used several other distros in the past and dual booting worked fine with them so it is just a matter of time.
 
Old 05-13-2004, 07:33 AM   #14
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make the bootloader install in the linux root partition, whatevere it is, something like hda5 or hda2, figure it out. create a file that contains that information. dd if=/dev/hda5 of=bootsec.bin bs=512 count=1. you can name the file anything. get that file onto the windows partition however you wish. make an entry in boot.ini on the windows partition that loads that file like this.
c:\bootsec.bin="Slackware"
 
  


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