Fedora Core 2 README

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Fedora Core is delivered on multiple CD-ROMs consisting of installation CD-ROMs and source code CD-ROMs.

The first installation CD-ROM can be directly booted into the installation on most modern systems, and contains the following directory structure (where /mnt/cdrom is the mount point of the CD-ROM):


  |----> Fedora
  |        |----> RPMS         -- binary packages
  |        `----> base         -- information on this release of Fedora
  |                               Core used by the installation process
  |----> images                -- boot and driver disk images
  |----> isolinux              -- files necessary to boot from CD-ROM
  |----> README                -- this file
  |----> RELEASE-NOTES         -- the latest information about this release
  |                               of Fedora Core
  `----> RPM-GPG-KEY           -- GPG signature for packages from Red Hat


The remaining Installation CD-ROMs are similar to Installation CD-ROM 1, except that only the Fedora subdirectory is present.

The directory layout of each source code CD-ROM is as follows:

  |----> SRPMS                 -- source packages
  `----> RPM-GPG-KEY           -- GPG signature for packages from Red Hat


If you are setting up an installation tree for NFS, FTP, or HTTP installations, you need to copy the RELEASE-NOTES files and all files from the Fedora directory on discs 1-3. On Linux and Unix systems, the following process will properly configure the /target/directory on your server (repeat for each disc):

  1. Insert disc

  2. mount /mnt/cdrom

  3. cp -a /mnt/cdrom/Fedora /target/directory

  4. cp /mnt/cdrom/RELEASE-NOTES* /target/directory (Do this only for disc 1)

  5. umount /mnt/cdrom


Many computers can now automatically boot from CD-ROMs. If you have such a machine (and it is properly configured) you can boot the Fedora Core CD-ROM directly. After booting, the Fedora Core installation program will start, and you will be able to install your system from the CD-ROM.

The images/ directory contains the file boot.iso. This file is an ISO image that can be used to boot the Fedora Core installation program. It is a handy way to start network-based installations without having to use multiple diskettes. To use boot.iso, your computer must be able to boot from its CD-ROM drive, and its BIOS settings must be configured to do so. You must then burn boot.iso onto a recordable/rewriteable CD-ROM.

Another image file contained in the images/ directory is diskboot.img. This file is designed for use with USB pen drives (or other bootable media with a capacity larger than a diskette drive). Use the dd command to write the image.


The ability to use this image file with a USB pen drive depends on the ability of your system's BIOS to boot from a USB device.


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