Page 1:A First Look At Fedora And GNOME Shell
Page 2:Fedora 16 At A Glance
Page 3:Fedora 16 Installation: Phase One
Page 4:Fedora 16 Installation: Phase Two
Page 5:Repos, Flash, Java, And Codecs
Page 6:Graphics, Wi-Fi, And 32-bit Libs
Page 7:GNOME 3 And GNOME Shell Basics
Page 8:GNOME Shell Desktop, Panel, And Notifications
Page 9:GNOME Shell Activities/Overview
Page 10:Input Shortcuts, Tips, And Tricks
Page 11:GNOME 3 Pros And Cons
Page 12:GNOME 3 Tweaks
Page 13:GNOME Shell Extensions A-L
Page 14:GNOME Shell Extensions M-Z
Page 15:Fixing GNOME 3
Page 16:Mimicking GNOME 2
Page 17:Test System Specs And Setup
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Start And Stop Times
Page 19:Benchmark Results: File Copy Time
Page 20:Benchmark Results: Archiving
Page 21:Benchmark Results: Multimedia
Page 22:Benchmark Results: System
Page 23:Benchmark Results: Unigine, AMD And Nvidia
Page 24:Benchmark Results: Games, AMD And Nvidia
Page 25:Benchmark Analysis: Fedora Versus Ubuntu And Windows
Page 26:Fedora 16: Conclusion
Page 27:GNOME 3: Why It Failed
Page 28:GNOME 3: Conclusion
Fedora 16 Installation: Phase One
The live CD download of Fedora is separate from the Installation DVD. While you can use the live CD to install Fedora onto a hard drive, it will only install a limited number of applications. You need the complete installation DVD to get the full Fedora experience.
As stated earlier, one notable application missing from the live CD is LibreOffice. Of course, you can install it from the package manager after Fedora is set up. Considering the size of the DVD ISO and the painfully slow DVD installation, using the live CD and then installing missing applications is the quicker approach.
The Fedora 16 installation is much improved over Linux distros of yesteryear. But the experience still isn't as polished as Ubuntu and its derivatives. For example, the wording of option descriptions isn't as end-user oriented, and the screen switches to a CLI briefly several times during the installation.
The Fedora installation procedure occurs in two stages. The first part begins in the live CD desktop and the second occurs upon first boot. To initialize the first phase, click the live CD installer, located in the Dash section of the Activities overview (move the mouse to the top-left corner).
Fedora 16 Live Installer
When the installer begins, select a language:
Next, choose between a Basic Storage Device (like a hard drive or SSD), or a Specialized Storage Device (like networked storage). For this review, and in most normal environments, selecting Basic Storage Device is the way to go.
After the type of storage device is selected, a hostname must be chosen. This is how the system is identified on a network.
Next up is the obligatory time zone selection screen.
Next, create a root password. Unlike Ubuntu, this does not have to be the same password as the primary user. There is an option to enter a different user password during the second stage of the installation.
If the password is deemed too weak, what can only be described as a “windowlet” spawns out of the title bar, informing you of this and allowing you to change the password. This is totally optional; you can keep that weak password if you want.
Now it's time to choose a partitioning scheme. Options here include: Use All Space, Replace Existing Linux System(s), Shrink Current System, Use Free Space, and Create Custom Layout. Since Fedora 15 is going on one of the drives used in our recent Ubuntu 11.10 review, the option to replace the existing Linux partitions appears. On a blank drive, it wouldn't. Note that, unlike Ubuntu, there is no "Install Them Side-By-Side" option for easy dual-booting.
After you choose the partitioning scheme, you have to pick the drive on which Fedora is to be installed. In our example, a Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 USB thumb drive storing the Fedora 16 live media, a Kingston DataTraveler DT 100 G2 holding essential testing files, and a Seagate Barracuda 500 GB hard drive are listed. Because the Seagate hard drive is our destination device, we move it to the right-hand pane.
Another “windowlet” appears asking if you are sure about the destination drive. Be certain here; this cannot be undone.
Now it's just a waiting game as phase one is completed. When it finishes, you'll be greeted by a congratulatory screen. You can restart the computer at any time after that. In order to do so, log out and then restart from the log-in screen. When the computer restarts, make sure the live media is no longer inserted. The second phase of the Fedora 16 installation should begin.
- A First Look At Fedora And GNOME Shell
- Fedora 16 At A Glance
- Fedora 16 Installation: Phase One
- Fedora 16 Installation: Phase Two
- Repos, Flash, Java, And Codecs
- Graphics, Wi-Fi, And 32-bit Libs
- GNOME 3 And GNOME Shell Basics
- GNOME Shell Desktop, Panel, And Notifications
- GNOME Shell Activities/Overview
- Input Shortcuts, Tips, And Tricks
- GNOME 3 Pros And Cons
- GNOME 3 Tweaks
- GNOME Shell Extensions A-L
- GNOME Shell Extensions M-Z
- Fixing GNOME 3
- Mimicking GNOME 2
- Test System Specs And Setup
- Benchmark Results: Start And Stop Times
- Benchmark Results: File Copy Time
- Benchmark Results: Archiving
- Benchmark Results: Multimedia
- Benchmark Results: System
- Benchmark Results: Unigine, AMD And Nvidia
- Benchmark Results: Games, AMD And Nvidia
- Benchmark Analysis: Fedora Versus Ubuntu And Windows
- Fedora 16: Conclusion
- GNOME 3: Why It Failed
- GNOME 3: Conclusion