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This chapter explains how to perform a custom installation of Red Hat Linux from the CD-ROM, using the graphical, mouse-based installation program. The following topics are discussed:
Becoming familiar with the installation program's user interface
Starting the installation program
Selecting an installation method
Configuration steps during the installation (language, keyboard, mouse, partitioning, etc.)
Finishing the installation
If you already have another operating system installed and want to create a dual-boot system so that you can use both Red Hat Linux and the other operating system, please read Appendix G Configuring a Dual-Boot System for more information.
If you have used a graphical user interface
(GUI) before, you will be familiar with this process; use
your mouse to navigate the screens, "click" buttons, or enter text
fields. You can also navigate through the installation using the
If you do not wish to use the GUI installation program, the text mode installation program is also available. To start the text mode installation program, use the following boot command:
Please refer to Section 3.2 The Text Mode Installation Program User Interface for a brief overview of text mode installation instructions.
The Red Hat Linux installation program offers more than the dialog boxes of the installation process. Several different kinds of diagnostic messages are available to you, in addition to providing a way to enter commands from a shell prompt. The installation program displays these messages on five virtual consoles, among which you can switch using a single keystroke combination.
These virtual consoles can be helpful if you encounter a problem while installing Red Hat Linux. Messages displayed on the installation or system consoles can help pinpoint a problem. Please see Table 3-1 for a listing of the virtual consoles, keystrokes used to switch to them, and their contents.
Generally, there is no reason to leave the default console (virtual console #7) unless you are attempting to diagnose installation problems.
|1|| ||installation dialog|
|2|| ||shell prompt|
|3|| ||install log (messages from installation program)|
|4|| ||system-related messages|
|5|| ||other messages|
|7|| ||X graphical display|
Table 3-1. Console, Keystrokes, and Contents