If you have a CD-ROM or DVD drive on a standard PC (32-bit i386 architecture), you can install Fedora 12 from the media that come with this book. Those media include:
Fedora 12 Install DVD — This is the official Fedora 12 Install DVD. It contains about 3GB of software packages from the Fedora software repository.
Fedora 12 Live/Install desktop CD — This is an official live CD from the Fedora project. A live CD is useful for trying out Fedora without disrupting software installed on your hard disk and for testing how well Fedora works on your computer hardware.
The live CD boots to a GNOME desktop with a nice variety of applications, regardless of what is installed on your computer's hard disk. You can install the contents of this CD to hard disk by starting the installer icon from the live CD's desktop. Once the software is installed, you can install any other software you need from online repositories.
If you have a drive that supports both DVDs and CDs, use the DVD to install Fedora. It gives you greater options for selecting software and does not require access to online repositories to go beyond a basic desktop system. However, for the average desktop user, the CD set will work well as a starting point for a useable Fedora desktop system.
The CD and DVD included with this book are for 32-bit PC architectures. They will not work on other computer architectures. However, you can download ISO images of Fedora live and installation CDs and DVDs for X86 ...