4 November 2010

Fedora 14 install from USB

Hello World!

So here I want to share you a thing that may help you to explore a meaning of the word of freedom. I just did fresh install new Fedora 14 on my ASUS A42F notebook. This Fedora release named Laughlin, taken from Robert Betts Laughlin, a professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University.

Just like another post talking about Fedora 13 install from USB. My notebook was fresh installed using USB flash disk boot image. But, I have to choose Network Install method because of—currently—there are no complete DVD ISO image of Fedora 14—the 64bit version for more specific—available on Indonesian Open Source Software repository. Say it FOSS-ID, id-REPO and local university FOSS mirrors. Ugh, Sadly!

OK, there are so many roads lead to Rome. Let's begin...

Some note to take care:

  • I assume you have download the 64bit version of Fedora 14 Network Install ISO, and you saved the ISO file as /data/Fedora-14-x86_64-netinst.iso. Hey, it should work with another x86_64 ISO, such as Fedora 14 Desktop Edition (Gnome based), Fedora 14 KDE Spin, and many more!.

  • I assume your USB Flash disk device is /dev/sdb. Just like mine. And you need at least 300MB free space for syslinux and Network Install ISO itself.

  • Every single step below must be done in root environment. So you could use either su - or sudo [command].

Preparation steps:

  • Install LiveCD Tools and syslinux. Mine (on Fedora 13 system) was livecd-tools-033-3 and syslinux-3.84-1, higher version should be better:
    yum install livecd-tools syslinux

  • Create USB flash install media, it takes some times to finish, so please be patient:
    livecd-iso-to-disk --reset-mbr /data/Fedora-14-x86_64-netinst.iso /dev/sdb1

  • That's it. You're done. Now you can safely remove your USB flash disk.

Installation steps:

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