3. If the checksums are good, burn Fedora-12-x86_64-DVD.iso onto a blank DVD as an ISO image using software that knows how to handle DVD ISO images.
4. After you've successfully recorded the DVD, remove it from the drive and take it over to the computer where you want to install Linux. I'm assuming you're installing Linux on a new empty hard drive. Don't do this on a computer with data that you don't want to lose.
5. Turn the computer on, hit DEL, F1, F2 or the appropriate key to go into your BIOS. Inside your BIOS you'll have to look for the screen where you can change the boot order so you'll be able to boot from your DVD drive. Make sure you've selected your DVD drive as the first boot device, then save your BIOS settings and exit.
0. Insert the Fedora DVD in your DVD drive and hit enter to start the installer.
1. You'll have to wait a little while for the kernel to boot and start the installation, on the next screen you'll be prompted to start a media check. You should select ok and hit enter to go to the next screen.
2. On the next screen you'll have to select Test and hit enter to start the media check.
3. You'll get a sliding progress indicator bar.
4. If the media check is successful the dvd will be ejected automatically and you'll be asked if you want to check another disk. Since you don't want to test any more disks push the disk back in and after the dvd stops reading select continue. At that point you'll see anaconda starting up.
5. After anaconda starts up you'll see a fedora splash screen, you'll need to click Next to go to the next step.
6. You'll need to select your keyboard and click Next to go to the next step.
7. Enter a name for your computer and click Next, if you're not sure what name you want to use you can use the default and change it later.
8. On the next screen you'll have to select your timezone and whether your BIOS is using UTC/GMT and then click Next.
9. On this screen you'll prompted to enter your root password which has to be at least 6 characters. You'll be warned if you've chosen a weak password. You should choose a very strong password to keep your system safe and secure.
10. Warning: I'm assuming you're installing on an emtpy drive, the options selected on these screens will overwrite your hard drive. If you don't want to delete your entire drive stop here. Next you'll have to choose which drive you want to install on if you want to encrypt the system and whether on not to modify the partitioning layout. If you're experienced with partitioning you should select Review and modify partitioning layout.
11. If you've selected Use entire drive on the previous screen fedora's going to automatically select a fairly reasonable default layout. You don't have to chance this unless you want to save some space for another operating system. Dual booting's going to be covered in a future guide.
12. If you're happy with the partitioning click Next and Write changes to disk.
13. If you've opted to enable encryption you'll be prompted for your secret key. You should choose a very strong encryption key to keep your system safe and secure. Make sure you don't lose or forget it, the system's going to ask you for your ecryption key every time you boot. Don't write it on a post-it(TM) note and stick it under your keyboard or on your monitor, if you can't remember it and you've got to write it down put it in a fireproof safe. If your computer's lost or stolen and your encryption key is taped to your computer other people are going to be able to get all your files and data. When you're done with the ecryption key you can also use a bootloader password if you're so inclined. The default bootloader settings are safe for most users so click Next. Again, dual booting's going to be covered in a future guide.
14. On this screen you'll be able to select what software you'd like to install on your computer. It's best to select Office and Productivity, Customize later and click next. If you've going to install nvidia kernel drivers, ATI drivers, VirtualBox or anything along those lines select Software development too. The Web Server's optional, it's up to you. If you've happy with your selections click Next.
15. You'll see a progress indicator for the package dependencies and then two more progress indicators on the next screen. The installer's going to show each package as it's installed.
16. Finally when the installer's done installing packages it'll prompt you to reboot. Click the reboot button to do so. The installer's job is done at this point.
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Great, man! I have that installation running on my main machine right now. I came down to do something on my netbook and I find this! One question; the installation seemed to hang up on the screen where you set up the password. I was thinking of restarting, but I had something else to do and decided to leave it work, which it did at some time. Is this normal? I am installing a dual boot on one hdd with remnants of artistX on another, phenom 64 processor, 9600gt gfx, basic video driver install option (from first screen)