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some of the older versions listed here ^ may be security risks- for archive purposes only
  • Released Jan 15 2013
  • Anaconda Defaults to LVM format from 18.23
This can be changed in custom- (See tutorial below)

Tutorial:How to use newUI Anaconda in F18

Details on how to use the new installer - with screenshots
Details on how newUI works.

Fedora 18 Documentation

"To install Fedora to your hard disk in Fallback Mode, press Alt+F2 together. In the box that appears, type 'liveinst' (without the quotation marks) and press Enter."


"RPM Fusion provides software that the Fedora Project or Red Hat doesn't want to ship. That software is provided as precompiled RPMs for all current Fedora versions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6; you can use the RPM Fusion repositories with tools like yum and PackageKit."

How to install from the repo on the DVD

  • [Bug 888307]--Satellit 12:35, 18 December 2012 (EST)
--- Comment #1 from Andre Robatino <robatino@fedoraproject.org> ---
I've found (testing on F17) that if I create a local.repo file in
 /etc/yum.repos.d/ with the contents:


I  can then use the DVD as a local repo (disabling all other repos to avoid
downloading updated packages) with a command such as
yum --disablerepo=\* --enablerepo=local install XXXXX

Caching remote data for multiple computers

  • yum wiki

Change hostname in Fedora 18

  • The step by step procedure shows the simplest way to change the hostname on a Fedora machine.

UEFI Secure boot


  • Read this first before trying to run linux
The Ubuntu bug report includes posts from users reporting that the problem also affects
300E5C, NP700Z5C, NP700Z7C and NP900X4C series laptops

Logo SoaS 01.pngSugar on a Stick v8 ʻŌhelo ʻai

ʻŌhelo ʻai is the name of a native Hawaiian berry.


A Remix done from a modified fedora nightly compose kickstart file in a Fedora 18 install using livecd-tools.
Fedora 18 live SoaS x86 64-login
Uses lightdm for login
  • Live System User
[ ]openbox (Do not use)
[X]Sugar (Select Sugar)

Fedora 18 live SoaS x86 64-login.png

See Sugar on a Stick v8 ʻŌhelo ʻai.

Tutorial: Make a SoaS.img file for repeated installs
Note: The following are .img files are provided to workaround the bug that SoaS 8 fails to run a non-Live install to a hard disk or USB drive.

USB flash drive.jpg Prebuilt sugar.img files to dd write to a USB drive

  • Look at the tutorial above to see how to write to a USB drive.
firstboot has not been run
http://people.sugarlabs.org/Tgillard/Soas_8.img 3.7G
netinstall of sugar-desktop to / ext4 (real install)
http://people.sugarlabs.org/Tgillard/Soas_8_litd.img 1.9G
liveiso to disk img of SoaS-8-live with persistence
  • Note USB drives used with these files seem to require Fedora "liveusb-creator --reset-mbr" to be run on them to make them boot-able again for other uses.

How to install VirtualBox in fedora 18

Updated 03/08/2013
VirtualBox downloads Windows/Linux/Intel Macs
  • Oracle VirtualBox install does not start as downloaded and installed (dkms and gcc are not installed in f18)
  • In root terminal:
yum install dkms gcc

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Tutorial: How to do an install in VirtualBox

VirtualBox.pngPre built Sugar-Desktop Virtual Box appliance to import

Install from SoaS live CD/dd USB

NOTE the following method does not seem to always work for SoaS live spins (Installs to VirtualBox do work).
In terminal application:

Install Sugar 0.98.2 from another Desktop

  • Terminal:
yum groupinstall sugar-desktop
yum install sugar-emulator
  • Start Sugar from Education/Sugar

More information

NewInstallerUI, Anaconda Rework for Fedora 18, Secure Boot, Draft version info

Customize with kickstart files

sample /root/anaconda-ks.cfg
  • After an install of Fedora 18 look for this file.
Put it in a USB stick and anaconda will use it to repeat install.
This file can be modified and still will work
  • sample .ks for Fedora 18 Live desktop install SAMPLE DO NOT USE
Autogenerated by anaconda
Can be used for multiple automatic installs
# System authorization information
auth --enableshadow --passalgo=sha512
# Network information
network  --bootproto=dhcp --hostname=localhost.localdomain
# Run the Setup Agent on first boot
firstboot --enable
ignoredisk --only-use=sda
# Keyboard layouts
keyboard 'us'# System language
lang en.UTF-8
# Installation logging level
logging --level=info
# Root password
rootpw --iscrypted $6$f/DeD7AZFW91051J$Av3OQOPsY8syofC6ysN63psWjHzH.Pdr7D/s3CTfNuYLm1jLlJ.ZyUzICMjBlXz4i88wm9MfNALVsBXXx1Kl3.
# System services
services --enabled="chronyd"
# System timezone
timezone America/Los_Angeles
# System bootloader configuration
bootloader --location=mbr --boot-drive=sda
autopart --type=plain
# Partition clearing information
clearpart --all --initlabel --drives=sda



MATE Desktop

Debian Fork of Mate

Point Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution that aims to combine the power of Debian GNU/Linux with the productivity of MATE, the Gnome 2 desktop environment fork.

Cinnamon desktop

Working in f19 05/17/2013
Use f19 BetaTC4 Netinstall: https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/stage/19-Beta-TC4/Fedora/x86_64/iso/Fedora-19-Beta-TC4-x86_64-netinst.iso
Was broken in 3.8 kernel due to changes by gnome3 developers.
updated 05/09/2013

Gnome Shell

  • Details and links

How to Upgrade to f19 from f18

  • 1-)Fedora Instructions:
  • 2-)Tested-install f18 from one of these files:
Default gnome install - this is fully updated due to netinstall
  • Update to f19
Root terminal-2448 files
yum distro-sync --releasever=19 --nogpgcheck --skip-broken

F18-f19 distro-sync upgrade.png

  • Gdm sessions:


  • elad: (IRC GIMPNet #fedora-desktop)
  • adamw: #fedora-qa 03/28/2013

Upgrading Fedora

  • updated 04/24/2013
The simplest way to get Fedora 18
back up /home and /etc and do a fresh install.
f17 > f18 ;https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Upgrading_Fedora_using_yum#Fedora_17_-.3E_Fedora_18
f18 > f19 :https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Testcase_upgrade_fedup_cli_previous_desktop
  • Still -work in progress May change
Backup first


Latest: https://github.com/wgwoods/fedup
Older Drafts:https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Tflink/FedUp_Draft
url/path that fedup needs
--instrepo? http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/development/18/<arch>/os/
well, should be releases/etc now right
(well, <arch> for i386, but you get the idea)
Updated 01/15/2013


  • Fedora does not include Chromium web browser in the official repository due to problems
look at this link for details

fedora 18 on a macbook pro

Fedora on an OLPC XO

A preliminary look at Fedora 19 Anaconda

  • Annotated screen-shots 01/31/2013
  • Fedora-19-Nightly-20130129.10-x86_64-Live-xfce.iso
Live Install in VirtualBox

A preliminary look at Fedora 19.12-1 Anaconda netinstall

NEW 03/20/2013 - Does not yet complete an install
F19 Buglist: http://qa.fedoraproject.org/blockerbugs/milestone/19/alpha/buglist
Alpha-TC2: https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/stage/19-Alpha-TC2/Fedora/

Do not install kernel if upgrading to f19

"... So I installed fedora-release from the F19 repo and did a yum distro-sync today. Then I installed a new kernel build. Then I rebooted. Then nothing would boot at all. It turns out this is because the release name of Fedora 19 is: Schrödinger's Cat with a single quote used as an apostrophe. That release name gets written into the grub entry for a kernel when you're installing it. ...The single quote in the release name terminates the quotes early, and leaves the rest of the stuff that's meant to be inside the single quotes as garbage lying around the config file. ..."

Install of sugar-desktop in Fedora_anaconda_19.6

  • Annotated screen-shots 02/14/2013
  • anaconda-19.6-boot.iso
Install of sugar-desktop in VirtualBox 4.2.6


  • Draft of info page
"Rawhide is the name given to the current development version of Fedora."

steam repo

Advanced Topics


"publican is a single source publishing tool based on DocBook XML"

Build Your Own Remix with Fedora

  • Build a live Remix CD/DVD.iso with livecd-tools and spin-kickstart files.
  • Tutorial with narrated screenshots


  • Kernel_modules are pieces of code that can be loaded and unloaded into the kernel upon demand. They extend the functionality of the kernel without the need to reboot the system.

Live media Creator

livemedia-creator is now included in Lorax as of release 17.1 and can be used to create live iso's using modified spin kickstarts.
Fedora 17 LiveCD's will continue to use livecd-creator.
Fedora 18 will use livemedia-creator to create LiveCDs. This will require changing how koji is used for the LiveCD builds.


Daniel Narvaez has made a number of improvements to sugar-build,
which has by-and-large replaced sugar-jhbuild as the preferred development environment for Fedora and Ubuntu.



Detailed information

Updating GRUB 2 configuration on UEFI systems


GPT Disks Reference

Pulseaudio fixes and workarounds


  • Build boot.iso and DVD.iso's


  • Build rpms