Chapter 2. Installing Fedora and Adding Software

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Installing Fedora

  • Working with software repositories

  • Getting software packages with yum

  • Managing software packages with rpm

  • Extracting files from RPMs

Critical tools for initially installing Fedora, and for adding and managing software later, include the anaconda installer (initial install), rpm command (install/manage local packages), and the yum command (install/manage packages from online repositories). The yum-utils package also includes useful commands for creating and managing software packages associated with yum repositories.

This chapter highlights critical issues you need to know during the initial Fedora installation. It covers information about online yum software repositories, such as which are best to use for different circumstances. Detailed examples of rpm, yum, and related commands are given later in the chapter.

Installing Fedora

For initial installation of Fedora, most people get an official Fedora DVD or set of CDs. Media available for the different Fedora releases include:

  • For Fedora 6, there is a single DVD or a set of five CDs that represent the entire distribution named Fedora Core 6. You can add more packages from the Fedora Extras repository (which was only available from online repositories).

  • For Fedora 7, Fedora Core and Fedora Extras were merged into a single, online repository. Different installation package sets are available for Fedora 7, such as a GNOME live/install CD, KDE live/install CD, and ...

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