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    Install Fedora Without a CD

    Main Website At http://lubi.sourceforge.net/unetbootin.html

    What This Does

    It's an installer for Windows or Linux users that lets you install Fedora (released versions 8 or 7, or the Rawhide development version) or CentOS (5.1) without a CD. The way it works is that a small (8 MB) installer places the PXE (netboot) version of the Fedora installer on your hard drive, and configures your boot loader, either NTLDR if using Windows, or GRUB if using Linux, to boot from the PXE installer, and downloads and installs Fedora from the net.

    Requirements

    You will need to either have a Windows (95-Vista) or Linux (any distro that uses GRUB) install already on your hard drive. You'll also need an internet connection. Apart from that, the requirements are the same as the standard Fedora requirements.

    Instructions: Fedora 8

    Download the appropriate installer package from http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...roup_id=198821

    If using Windows, download the .exe file, if using Fedora or another rpm-based distro, download the .rpm file, if using Ubuntu or another deb-based distro, download the .deb file, and if using a distro that doesn't support rpm or deb, download the sh file.

    Then, install the package, and reboot. A menu entry should appear in the boot menu, titled "UNetbootin". Select that entry, and boot. When asked for a source of installation media, select "FTP".

    You will then be prompted to specify a server and folder.

    server: download.fedora.redhat.com
    folder: pub/fedora/linux/releases/8/Fedora/i386/os

    Or, if you would like to install 64-bit Fedora, for the folder, specify:

    folder: pub/fedora/linux/releases/8/Fedora/x86_64/os

    Then, the main installer will start, and wait as Fedora is downloaded and installed.

    Instructions: Fedora Rawhide


    Download the Fedora Rawhide package, then follow the same instructions as above, only for the server and folder, put:

    server: download.fedora.redhat.com
    folder: pub/fedora/linux/development/i386/os

    or, if you want a 64-bit install, for the folder, specify:

    folder: pub/fedora/linux/development/x86_64/os

    Instructions: Fedora 7

    Download the Fedora 7 package, then follow the same instructions as above, only for the server and folder, put:

    server: download.fedora.redhat.com
    folder: pub/fedora/linux/releases/7/Fedora/i386/os

    or, if you want a 64-bit install, for the folder, specify:

    folder: pub/fedora/linux/releases/7/Fedora/x86_64/os

    Instructions: CentOS 5.1

    Download the CentOS 5.1 package, then follow the same instructions as above, only for the server and folder, put:

    server: mirrors.kernel.org
    folder: centos/5.1/os/i386

    or, if you want a 64-bit install, for the folder, specify:

    folder: centos/5.1/os/x86_64

    Troubleshooting

    If you get an error like this:

    Code:
    could not retrieve images/stage2.img
    Try inputting the IP address of download.fedora.redhat.com into the "server" field instead. You can determine the IP address using:

    Code:
    host download.fedora.redhat.com
    More

    UNetbootin also supports Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva, Slackware, Arch Linux, and Debian. Post a reply if you need any help, new features, or another supported distro. The website is located at http://lubi.sourceforge.net/unetbootin.html
    Last edited by tuxcantfly; January 11th, 2008 at 11:13 PM.

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    Re: Install Fedora Without a CD

    If anyone is having issues with specifying the FTP and server information, it is this:

    server: download.fedora.redhat.com
    folder: pub/fedora/linux/releases/7/Fedora/i386/os

    I've updated the first post accordingly.

    Also, I also posted this thread at fedoraforums, at http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?p=859216

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    Re: Install Fedora Without a CD

    Great job TuxCantFly =D>

    Very Helpful

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    Re: Install Fedora Without a CD

    Is it possible to install Fedora 8 Beta version with this method?

    I mean if I change the directory to pub/fedora/linux/releases/test/7.92/Fedora/i386/os/

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    Re: Install Fedora Without a CD

    Quote Originally Posted by mindtrick View Post
    Is it possible to install Fedora 8 Beta version with this method?

    I mean if I change the directory to pub/fedora/linux/releases/test/7.92/Fedora/i386/os/
    Yes, you can install Fedora 8 test builds, but it's not exactly that easy... you'll first need to install the Fedora 7 version of UNetbootin, then you need to obtain the netboot kernel and initrd (it's on the ftp server for fedora), you'll need to rename them to ubnkern and ubninit, and replace those of Fedora 7 (either in /boot or C:\unetbootin), then reboot, and do the procedures you posted, and that'll do the trick.

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    Re: Install Fedora Without a CD

    I've uploaded some 64-bit Fedora UNetbootin builds. Check the download page... Since the packages are all marked as "noarch/all", you don't need to necessarily install 32-bit from a 32-bit OS, or 64-bit from a 64-bit OS; you can install 64-bit if your processor is capable of it (amd64 or intel core2 and above), even if you're running a 32-bit Windows or Linux install.

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    Re: Install Fedora Without a CD

    I've added support in UNetbootin for installing from Windows Vista. See the usual download http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...roup_id=198821

    I'll be adding Fedora 8 builds as soon as it's released in 12 days.

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    Re: Install Fedora Without a CD

    Fedora 8 has been released, so I've accordingly added UNetbootin builds to allow for no-CD Fedora installs. You can download the Fedora 8 version at https://sourceforge.net/project/show...kage_id=251761

    If installing Fedora, select "FTP" as the installation source, and for the server, specify:

    download.fedora.redhat.com

    and for the folder, if using the standard (32-bit) version, specify:

    pub/fedora/linux/releases/8/Fedora/i386/os

    or if using the 64-bit version, specify:

    pub/fedora/linux/releases/8/Fedora/x86_64/os

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