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"netinstall Image" questions

asked 2017-07-13 01:42:44 -0600

wolfv gravatar image

I will clean install Fedora-workstation 26 on a home PC, which is currently running Fedora 25. The following are some basic "netinstall Image" questions to make this install go smoother.

https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/... describes several media types. I am guessing that "netinstall Image" is the easiest way to install Fedora 26 on a home PC with Internet connection. Is that right?

https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/... describes procedure to verify checksums. Is the procedure useful for "netinstall Image"?

https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/... explains how to boot the installer from a network server. Is that relevant to "netinstall Image"?

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answered 2017-07-13 19:10:59 -0600

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updated 2017-07-14 05:00:12 -0600

In my opinion, netinstall is the best way to install Fedora, if you can go online using a ethernet internet connection. (by default, netinstall does not come with wifi firmware at all, no matter what chipset)

Here is why:

  1. The initial iso that you have to download is comparably small (around 480MB vs. 1,500MB for Live ISO)

  2. You will download all necessary packages during installation, which will leave you with a fully up-to-date system after installation (LiveCD installs easily download 800 MB of updates after initial install).

  3. You have the freedom to choose several package groups (such as Desktop Environments, server packages) during install. So, no need to decide for a certain Fedora spin ISO, and you can even install several spins or server services at once.

FYI: netinstall doesn't mean you have to deal with a hard-to-navigate text-based installer. It uses the same installer (anaconda) as the Live systems.

+1 for @ozeszty: checksum is equally important to netinstall as to Live ISO & network boot has nothing to do with netinstall.

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answered 2017-07-13 04:46:03 -0600

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Netinstall actually is more complicated as it allows you to choose what packages to install, whereas Live image just installs what's bundled with it. It's good if you want to customize your installation or install other desktop environments to find out which one you like the most. It also downloads latest updates by default. Anything you install with netinstall image is also available for installation later, with DNF or any package/software manager in Fedora.

Verifying checksums for netinstall images is just as useful as it is for other images. It checks integrity of the image you downloaded. Just because it's smaller doesn't mean you shouldn't check if it's been corrupted or tampered with.

Booting from network server is an alternative to booting from USB or CD/DVD. It's useful for larger or remote deployments and it's not limited to netinstall image.

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