Fedora 18

Installing Fedora 18

Installing Fedora 18

Fedora 18 is a Linux distribution developed and supported by the Fedora Project which is an open source project formed by Red Hat and volunteers. RHEL (Red Hat's Enterprise Linux) is often based around developments that have been carried out within Fedora. The most recent release of Fedora Linux is Fedora 18, codename "Spherical Cow" To download and install Fedora 18, simply follow the instructions below.

To download your iso image of Fedora 18, simply follow this Link: Fedora 18

Once you have downloaded your iso image for the relevant architecture (32 bit or 64bit), you will need to burn this iso image to a DVD. For software that can do this, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your system may already have DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your "iso" image of Fedora 18 to your DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system. (This example assumes you are using a x86 32bit version of the software). As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the settings below.

Starting Fedora 18

The installation of Fedora 18 will start automatically in 18 seconds.

Starting Fedora 18

Fedora Installation Screen

The standard Red hat style loading menu is initially displayed. Once loading is complete, you will arrive at a live desktop.

Fedora 18 Loading Screen

Live System User Login Screen

At this screen click on the "Live System User" icon located in the center of the screen.

Live System User Fedora 18

Select Try First or Install Fedora 18

From this screen you need to select either Try Fedora 18 or the Installation option. To install Fedora, click on the "Install to Hard Drive" option.

Installing to Hard Drive

Select Installation Language and Keyboard Settings

Choose the Language you would like to use during this installation. You will also need to click the "Select keyboard" option located in the lower left hand corner of the screen. This will adjust the keyboard settings to match the language chosen.

Select Keyboard and Language settings

Installation Summary

Check that you have the correct Language and keyboard settings. If these are not correct, simply click on the relevant option to change. Select the "Storage" option to confirm your Hard Drive selection.

Install Summary

Confirm Hard Drive

At this screen, simply confirm this is the hard drive you wish to use for installation. From this menu, you can also select to encrypt your hard drive and view your partition layout.

Confirm Storage Options

Final Installation Summary

Once you are happy with your selections, click on the "Begin Installation" button located in the lower right hand corner.

Begin Installation

Create a root password

From this screen you will need to set your root accounts password. One you have set your root password, select done to continue with your installation.

Fedora 18 root password set

Running Post Install set-up scripts

Various packages and scripts are run here. The GRUB boot loader is also installed at the end of this process. Depending on the speed of your system, this may take a while.

installing software and bootloader

Complete! Fedora is now successfully installed

Select the quit option. You will now return to a live desktop

Fedora 18 completed installation message


From the live desktop, click on the "Live System User" in the upper right hand corner. From here, select "Power Off" and then "Restart".

Write storage config to disk

Initial Boot Menu (GRUB)

From this menu screen, select "Fedora" to boot this operating system.

Select OS to boot GRUB

Welcome to Fedora

From this welcome screen choose the "Forward" option. The following screens that follow will create a none root user account and also confirm your date and time settings.

Welcome to Fedora 18

Create User Account

At this screen you must enter the credentials for a none root user. After entering your name and password details, select the option to add this account to the administrators group.

Create User Account

Configure Date and Time Settings

Check your date and Time settings. Here you can specify to synchronise your date and time over the network. Click Finish to complete installation.

NTP settings

Login Screen

Now you are ready to login for the first time. Select the account you created in the previous steps and enter your password. Congratulations, your installation is now complete.

Fedora 18 Login Screen