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Installing Fedora Core 1

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Installing Fedora Core 1 is simple. There are just a few things you will need to understand as you go through the installation process. To begin, boot the computer to the install disk one. The first screen will look similar to the following:

To install or upgrade in graphical mode, press the <ENTER> key.
To install or upgrade in text mode, type: linux text <ENTER>.
Use the function keys listed below for more information.
[F1-Main] [F2-Options] [F3-General] [F4-Kernel] [F5-Rescue]

In most cases simply typing the word ?enter? will get the install going without a hitch. But on a few occasions an install can hang at the beginning or encounter an error while trying to detect every hardware item on the system. This is frustrating because rebooting to the CD just causes this to occur again. To get past these problems, hit the F2 key, and a number of options will be presented. The first option is:

- To disable hardware probing, type: linux noprobe <ENTER>.

Typing linux noprobe will prevent most any problem that occurs when installing Fedora. By choosing this noprobe option, in a later step, the system will ask if any device drivers need to be loaded, just select DONE.

The next step in the installation process gives an opportunity to check the CD media. This step will determine if each CD is burned properly and will take about five minutes to check each one. If the CDs have been used successfully on a previous occasion, then this step can be skipped.

At this point, the install should jump into a graphical interface. The mouse should move a pointer as expected. The mouse can be used to click ?next?, or you can type ALT+N to get to the next screen. Most screens in this configuration phase are self-explanatory.

When the screen for ?Installation Type? appears, choose ?Custom.? When the screen for ?Disk Partitioning Setup? appears, choose ?Automatic.? At this point, a screen similar to Figure 2.2 will be presented.  One of the drives will be used to store the operating system and Oracle software. It should be between 10,000 and 20,000 MB. The other drive will be used solely to save images of the first drive. Ensure that only the checkbox for the drive in which the software is to be installed is checked.

On the screen for ?Network Configuration?, two NIC cards should have been detected, and these cards called eth0and eth1 (this step will be passed over if hardware probing was disabled, which is fine). The boxes for ?Active on Boot? can be unchecked, which will save a little time on the node's first boot. The network will be configured after the install is complete. If the install complains that the computer will not be able to communicate, just click ?Continue?.

On the screen for ?Firewall Configuration?, choose ?No Firewall.? This will cause the install to complain with an alert box, just click ?Proceed.?

To set the root password, use the same password for all nodes. A password that is easy to remember, but not a dictionary word, is suggested.

On the screen for ?Package Group Selection?, individual software components can be installed, or at the bottom of the screen, ?Everything? can be installed. The author suggests that you select only those items listed in Figure 2.3. Doing so will free up the disk space for Oracle software and save time.

The install on the second node can begin as soon as the first node has completed disk 1. When the install is finished on a given node, skip creating an emergency boot disk as this has been done already. 

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