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I am running windows 8 on my Asus PC. I would like to install fedora 18 I read article saying anaconda could partition drive and install does anaconda come with fedora 18?
are you wanting to KEEP win8 on that computer?
If not, then just install Fedora 19 and reclaim 100% of the disk space.
If you are wanting to keep win8 for some reason, then grab a GParted live CD, partition the drive properly, then you can install Fedora 19 (note 19 is the newest vs of Fedora and it is a great upgrade over 18). Will not be the most intuitive portion of the install, but you should be able to figure it out.
sadly with the newest vs of Anaconda, starting with Fedora 18, the HDD installation/partitioning/etc... section is not very intuitive to anyone who has ever installed an OS of any kind before. That truly is the only real negative thing i have to say about the new Anaconda installer for Fedora. Other then that its great as is Fedora 19.
The reason for suggesting F19 rather than F18 is that support for F18 will be terminated when F20 is released in a few months. (Generally speaking, Fedora aims to release a new version about every six months, and terminates support for any release prior to the last prior release one month after the new distribution is released.)
actually F18 will not be dropped from support until F21 is released. The Fedora project supports 2 back from the current. As 19 is the current 17 is still supported but 16 is no longer. So when 20 goes live 18 will still be supported but 17 will be dropped.
The average life span for support of Fedora is roughly 18mo.
We say maintained for approximately 13 months because the supported period for releases is dependent on the date the release under development goes final. As a result, Release X is supported until one month after the release of Release X+2.
This translates into:
Fedora 18 will be maintained until 1 month after the release of Fedora 20.
Fedora 19 will be maintained until 1 month after the release of Fedora 21.
again roughly 18 mo, just look at the release cycle between 17 and 18, that was pushing 20mo. my point is that it is not the limited 6mo as being spouted all over the place in these forums. also note even your quote states clearly it is an approximation.
edit to quote form you:
The reason for suggesting F19 rather than F18 is that support for F18 will be terminated when F20 is released in a few months.
your last post clearly proves that F18 is still supported and WILL be supported until Fedora 20 is released and as 19 just went live 20 will not be out of beta for a rather long time and not go live for even longer.
glennpl if you want to use fedora , do a bit of reading and LEARN
and i mean really learn about what you are getting into
Fedora is a very VERY VERY fast passed Research and Development distro
It changed every 6 months with a new version . A version that might , and has been- in the past , very different than the one before it .
it tends to use the "newest of the new" software , as a result a lot of times to get software to build on it ( programs that are not in the fedora repos ) you will need to hack it to build on the very very NEW versions of programs
so do some research and understand what it is you are about to install