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How-to Dual Boot Windows XP and Fedora or Red Hat Linux

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Installing Fedora

Since I'm not using DHCP, I'll be entering my Gateway and DNS information. You have the ability here to enter up to three DNS servers, but one would be good enough (two is ideal).

Once the network information has been entered, click next.

At this point, we are just about done, but first we need to configure Fedora's firewall. I don't use it, but if you want to select enable firewall. If this system is going to be used for a server, you'll want to select what ports are allowed. HTTP, FTP, SMTP, Telnet, or custom ports (if you plan on running a BF1942 or CS server, enter your ports or port ranges here).

Also, if the computer has 2 network cards, say one for the Internet and one for the internal network, you may want to allow all traffic through a device. In other words, not have the firewall rules apply to it. If you want to exempt a network card from the firewall rules, select it here.. or to forget about the firewall, just select no firewall. Once you are happy here, click next.

If you did go the no firewall route (no pun intended), you'll get a warning message to make sure that is what you wanted to do.

Next we get to select what the default language is for the system, and any additional languages to be installed. You have to have at least one language, and can select any number of other languages. When you are done selecting your languages, click next.

Next we select our time zone, I'm in EST, so I selected America/New_York as it was the closest thing. You can also select here if the system (BIOS) clock uses UTC. For those asking, UTC stands for Coordinated Universal Time, and is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) updated with a leap seconds. Select your time zone, and click next. 

The next to last thing for us to do is to give root a password. Root is basically the equivalent to Administrator on a Windows system. Enter and verify the password and click next.

Now, the last thing for us to do (aside from lettings Fedora install and swapping out disk) is to select the packages we want to install. We selected the Personal Desktop install back in the beginning, and because of that Fedora has selected what to install, but we still have the option here of customizing the installed packages if we wanted to. As I said before, if this is your first time, just go with the default packages, as you get more experienced with Fedora and Linux, you'll be able to go back and play around more.

Just select install the default packages, and click next.

We're told Fedora is going to install, and what disk are needed, and you are given one final chance to back out of the install. Either click reboot to abort the Fedora install without any affect on the system, or click continue to install Fedora.

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