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Is it possible to install Fedora without using Anaconda?

asked 2017-02-04 12:37:44 -0500

updated 2017-02-05 07:03:17 -0500

I have tried installing Fedora 25 using Anaconda several times but most times (except for the occasional lucky time when it works, after some waiting for it to become responsive again) Anaconda freezes at the first step, i.e., the step where one selects the language to be used by the installer. As soon as I select my language settings and click the "Continue" button it freezes, even if I leave the language as the default — English (US). So I am here to merely ask is there a way to install Fedora 25 without using Anaconda?

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answered 2017-02-04 12:47:40 -0500

masteroman gravatar image

You may try using text install option. To do that, boot into fedora Live CD and start anaconda from the terminal with:

sudo anaconda

See if you are able to install it that way.

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Or instead of the Live CD, use the netinstall and add inst.text to the boot prompt.

mattdm gravatar imagemattdm ( 2017-02-04 19:07:49 -0500 )edit

Thanks to both of yas. @mattdm I assume this means that you and the other Fedora developers, are well aware of how buggy Anaconda is, and (probably, or at least hopefully) have plans on either fixing it or replacing it with a better, more reliable installer? Not accepting this answer just yet in case someone has a better answer as I have tried running sudo anaconda and for me it's about as slow as its graphical counterpart.

Brenton Horne gravatar imageBrenton Horne ( 2017-02-05 07:54:44 -0500 )edit

@Brenton No, we do not have any plans for replacing it. Just because you have a bad experience does not mean that there's a general problem. Are you saying that it is still slow for you in text mode? Let's try to figure out that specific issue rather than jumping to sweeping conclusions.

mattdm gravatar imagemattdm ( 2017-02-05 10:18:37 -0500 )edit

I know that Sabayon also abandoned Anaconda due to bugs, which while it may have been due to their customizations (hence not due to Anaconda itself), it may also indicate some problems with it. This problem seems to exist for all Fedora ISO (so this sentence does not pertain to Sabayon) variants I've tried including the default GNOME workstation, KDE spin and LXDE spin. I don't think I've even had a positive experience with Anaconda before as a Fedora installer.

Brenton Horne gravatar imageBrenton Horne ( 2017-02-05 10:39:45 -0500 )edit

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