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Installing Fedora Core 5 Using Rescue CD (NetInstall)

This howto covers installing Fedora Core 5 using the rescue CD. The rescue CD is only 75MB and is a quick download. This is a good way to install if you have limited media resources. This also allows you to choose a location for install. A local datasource could be setup to do the installs on many computers.

Step 1. Obtain the ISO Image

    You may get the image from whatever location you would like. You can jump on the torrent, check for a close mirror or just download from the offical site:

Images for Fedora Core 5:

sha1sum: cdeb3303f8c8a1fc521cd08948d727560eba488d

sha1sum: e4896997ce27f9175832ae88851cf5a6e4638356

Step 2. Burn Image

    The image needs to be burned onto a CD. You may use whatever software you like to do so.

Step 3. Boot CD and Run Install

    When at the 'boot:' prompt, type: linux askmethod

    Note: To run a text mode install use: linux text askmethod

    Select your install type, etc. I recommend doing an 'minimal install' and then installing everything else later. This just help make sure the 'netinstall' has less of a chance to fail and force you to start over. After the system is installed and running on it's own, installing stuff with yum is easy enough.

Note: You will need a mirror. You can setup your own or use a public one.

Fedora Core Mirrors:

An example full path to the mirror for an i386 Fedora Core 5 install is:

So the protocol would be 'FTP', the server would be '' and the path would be '/pub/fedora/linux/core/5/i386/os/'. You may use whatever source you would like... this is just the first server on the mirror list at the time of writing. Also note, you must adjust your arch as needed.

Step 4. Run Update; Install Software

    At this point, you may install whatever you would like. I would run an update as the first order of business. This will get you the most recent kernel and other needed updates. The following command will get you started:

yum update

After the update, you should reboot to load up the new kernel. After the reboot, install whatever you would like. The following command will get you started:

yum grouplist

Pick what you want and install. If you want a GUI right away, you could use something like the following to do so:

Please note: This is based on the thought you have done a 'minimal' install.

yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"

Want KDE?:

yum groupinstall "KDE (K Desktop Environment)"

Once you have a gui running, you could install the gui yum (yumex):

yum install yumex

You most likely want features provided by non-standard repos. I will include more information later. To get Livna installed:

rpm -ivh
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