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Is there an advantage in using a Fedora Netinstall?

asked 2018-12-09 15:34:34 -0500

alfC gravatar image

Fedora offer the option of doing a "netinstall"

If I understand correctly this is a smaller booteable image that:

1) let's you customize the spirit of your installation, for example a more KDE oriented, Gnome-oriented, publishing tools oriented, or plain mainstream Fedora. 2) It will download most of the installed packages on-the-fly.

A possible drawback is that it will try to download everything from the network. However if one if going to do an dnf upgrade immediately this will happen anyway.

It seem that a netinstall is in some sense a cleaner installation of Fedora because all will be updated out of the box.

Is this a fair description of netinstall? does it have other drawbacks?

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  • i think that it's a method to install benefit
  1. using a old media also like cd boot, and fast make a image to set up more fast...economic
  2. it can be to customize and minimal install for system test in system
  3. fast network'll be more fast update and make little trouble.
  4. It's show less media trouble than DVD media
  • no good for netinstall
  1. It cause network traffic in normal DVD media...
  2. slow'll be need to wait to get a source file to setup...and more patience.
  3. cd and dvd image similar method make a boot image. also it has media trouble.
simmon gravatar imagesimmon ( 2018-12-09 17:38:14 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-12-09 18:23:42 -0500

Lebro LinuxAndFriends gravatar image

I may be new to fedora but i have experience in debian... so i think i am qualified to say

Cons: If your internet is slow it takes longer to install. More Likely to fail.

Pros: Updated Out of the box. smaller iso you can do a minimal install You can run it on older pc's (ANACONDA IS SLOW!!).

So if you don't have the time to wait for upgrade and you need it to be clean out of the box, more modular -- NETINSTALL If you need something that you do not need internet for(DUHH) or just need somthing more stable and hate you internet -- NO NETINSTALL

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I disagree with your Cons because if you internet is slow, netinstall is actually much faster than the install from a workstation iso. That is because 1.) the iso that you download is smaller, and 2.) after installation your system is up-to-date and you don't have to download 1.2G+ of updates.

I am not going to down-vote at this point because I'd like to welcome new users to ask.fedora!

netinstall is the way to go! Welcome!!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-12-09 22:27:22 -0500 )edit

@florian, thank that is reassuring. I was wondering why netinstall is not the default. I am obsessive with clean install, I always found 1GB of upgrades ridiculous.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2018-12-10 01:14:12 -0500 )edit

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