Well, i downloaded yesterday the Fedora 11 Leonidas x86_64 DVD.
I’d like to share some experience about the installation of that distro. The screens are from a VirtualBox but i’d share actual installation experience.
We are greeted with a nice boot screen where we can choose what to do with the DVD
So we choose install or upgrade
We are asked to check the media (great idea actually as many issues come from a badly burned media)
We can either check it or skip (if we use it second or more times and it’s been proven fine)
Then we have a greeting screen where we just click “next”
After that we are choosing the language and our keyboard layout, pretty standard with every distro.
Then we choose name for our machine. If we are not logging to any network services like ActiveDirectory etc. then it doesn’t matter what we will put in here.
Next are the clock settings:
Now let’s stop here, we can’t set any NTP settings yet (it’s alter possible after an actual reboot), the map is pretty clunky and it zooms in when we click somewhere, pretty standard but i personally don’t like it.
Next up is root’s password: it checks if it is not too simple, if it has at least six characters so pretty standard, we can debate here if it is better to have separate passwords for a user and root, i think it’s better to have a separate password as if the user get’s compromised somehow then the root password is still safe but it is up to everyone’s mind
Now this one is great because we are able to encrypt the root partitions where in openSUSE it is not possible from within the installer (there’s more fiddling around involved with openSUSE).
The standard layout is created on top of an LVM which is great, the standard filesystem chosen is ext4.
The layout is simpler and looks more like a toy and not like a professional tool. It allows to make the same stuff as openSUSE’s installer but to me personally openSUSE’s installer is easier, looks more professional and “easier for eyes”.
Next we have GRUB installation:
I don’t have good experience with it since it didn’t openSUSE(which was installed at both the MBR and /boot partition) so here we have a BIG minus and secondly it failed miserably and i ended up with unbootable system, nothing was booting at all.
Next is choosing the packages to install:
Now we have to stop here for a minute:
1.We can choose additional repositories (NFS, HTTP/FTP or CD/DVD) as an installation source - GOOD
2.We can customize the installation - GOOD
Let’s go, next we have the choice on what to install,
the BAD thing is that if we choose KDE then it is still installing A LOT of GNOME applications so this is BAD, it is nowhere near easy as in openSUSE, we have to browse through all those sections to customize it, and if we have online repositories then it can get really messy since there will be A LOT to choose from.
When i chose to have the onine repositories then it was checking for dependencies a LOOOOONG time.
After customizing we choose to install everything, BAD thing is that it doesn’t say if it is actually installing the package or downloading to install. I was left waiting for java jdk package to install while it was downloading it but showing as “Installing”, confusing? YES
The installation time is pretty slow but we can shorten it by choosing less packages and by not using online repositories and only a local CD/DVD. We can’t choose a local installation source like a hard disk, samba share or nfs share? BAAAD
So there we are, system is installed but i was left with a completely unbootable state what left me unimpressed
I invite everyone who ever used or not Fedora 11 to discuss it
P.S. I don’t know why the thumbnails don’t work as i pasted them as in other threads where they worked just fine.