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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.