I can’t remember the last time I burned a DVD when a new Fedora version releases. The preferred way of installing a new version is the ‘diskless’ install method provided the computer already is running one or the other version of Fedora. For guidelines, see the installation guide: http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/18/html/Installation_Guide/ap-medialess-install.html
As of Fedora 17, the Boot Options have been changed, and the “
askmethod” parameter is deprecated, it is no longer recognized by the installer. Instead you need to use “
inst.repo” parameter with appropriate syntax to specify install from network (http/ftp), nfs, hard disk et al.
I have obtained the Fedora 18 DVD ISO file, mounted it loopback, and copied the
isolinux folder to
/boot/ and added a custom menu entry in
/etc/grub.d/40_custom with the repo method as found in the documentation. Installer starts, but unfortunately fails, probably at stage2, with a dracut message saying “Cannot boot” and “Root device not found”. There’s no helpful error message or warning as to what could cause this.
Finally figured out that the
repo parameter was missing a colon after the hard disk device. This had hit me during the Fedora 17 install too, so let it be documented for future reference. The proper parameter would be something like:
linux /boot/vmlinuz-fedora18-install repo=hd:/dev/sda2:/home/rajeesh/
Where the Fedora DVD ISO is placed at
/home/rajeesh. Once that is fixed, installer boots into the graphical mode just fine. The new installer seems quite unstable – it crashed 4 times before I could complete installation – at disk probing, when switching to other terminals using
Alt+Ctrl+F3 etc. But once that phase is passed, the package installation is swift. There’s no way to customize and tweak package selection during the installation, which is quite limiting. That said, once the installation is done, the desktop is quite solid and polished.