Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fedora 13 : Coolest and the Hottest OS Ever /// PART 1 (Installation)

FEDORA 13 : ROCK IT.......
Fedora 13 was released on 25th of May 2010 . This was the venture of Fedora Project of Red Hat Lead by Paul Frields . Fedora as we all know is one of the Best OS Projects in  the World. This version of Fedora codenamed as "Goddard" uses 2.6.33 version of Kernel Program. The Next version of Fedora (i.e Fedora 14) is due to be released on 2nd of November 2010 codenamed as "Laughlin" uses Kernel version 2.6.35 . But as of now Fedora 13 is best in the OS Market.
ISO of Fedora 13 can be downloaded from

As of Fedora 13, the Installation is quite easy and user friendly. In this part of the article we will discuss the Installation of Fedora 13 on your system and to dual boot it with Windows or any other Operating systems you own .

Fedora 13 uses Anaconda 13.42 as the basic GUI (Graphical user Interface) installer . Installation just takes some 15-20 minutes better than any of the Windows Installations.

I tested this on acer aspire 5920 laptop with 320 GB hard Disk, 3GB RAM, Intel core 2 duo processor T5750 with 2.0Ghz, 667 Mhz FSB, 2MB L2 cache.

NOTE : Create a free partition (free Drive) before starting the installation to be safe . Remember the disk space of your partition since Installer does not mention your disk name.The partitions will be represented as sda1,sda2 etc.

Installation of Fedora 13 consists of the following steps :

1 )  Insert your Fedora 13 disk into your CD/DVD RW Drive . Boot the DVD. You will be welcomed by a Blue screen which is pretty cool .

2 )  You will be provided with options such as :
  •      Install a New System or Upgrade an existing one.
  •      Install System with Basic video Driver
  •      Rescue Installed system.
  •      Boot from Local drive.
  •      Memory test.
 Select the First option i.e "Install a New System or Upgrade an Existing one "and press ENTER. The other options are irrelevant when installing Fedora for the first time on your system.

3 )  It will ask you for media check you just skip it and proceed. You will be welcomed by a White Background Installer press the NEXT button.

4 )  Select the Language for your OS, Click Next.
       Select the Keyboard type (English usually). Click Next.

5 )  It  will ask for "Type of devices for your Installation"

  •       Basic Storage  devices.
  •       Specialised  Storage Devices (Usually SAN's)
Select the "Basic Storage devices" if the Installation is on your local Computer Hard disk. Press Next.

6 )  The Installer Detects the devices connected to your system. It asks for the host-name , Enter the host-name and proceed further by Clicking Next .

7 )  Select a Time zone ( Usually a place nearest to your city ) ( In India it is Kolkata) and proceed by Clicking Next. Provide a root password and proceed.

8 ) This is Important step in the Installation (i.e Partitioning of Drives) so be careful. 
Now select the "Type of Installation" from the following options :
  •   Use all Space. ( If you want to use the whole space for Installation).
  •   Replace Existing Linux Partitions ( If you have earlier Linux partitions  available)
  •   Shrink Current Partition ( If you want to shrink earlier partitions to create New Linux Partitions. 
  •   Use Free Space ( This option uses the free space available on your system for Installation)   
  •   Create Custom Layout ( This Option provides you the opportunity for creating your own Partition) This is the Most Safe option.
Select any of the options above according to your Hard drive partitions.
Select any partition of your choice and Delete it first (Before deleting see that   the Partition is empty) , then Create the Partition with atleast 20 GB of Space.
Select the "Standard Partition Option" Click Create. Then Set the mount point to "/" and select ext4 file-system. Select the option which says "Fill to maximum allowable size", Click OK and proceed By clicking Next.

9 ) In this step Select the Boot-loader.(Whether to use Windows or Fedora's Grub)
Select and Proceed by clicking Next.

10 ) Then Select the "Set of Software's" you need in your OS (Operating System)
       Various softwares Include Graphical Desktops, Web server ,Minimal etc Select those required. Select various additional Repositories required and Press Next. Your Installation Starts NOW and It may take some 15-20 Minutes for Complete Installation.

After Installation REBOOT the system . Enter the Fedora OS .You will be Welcomed By a Blue Screen. Accept the License Information. Create User , Provide Password .Further Options Accept them and Click Next. Your Desktop will be configured and you will enter into your Fedora 13, Which comes with a Blue screen and GNOME Desktop. Finally your Installation is Complete and Fedora is ready to be explored.

If you have any Questions, Criticisms ,Comments  do feel free to leave a comment or mail me at

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