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Fedora 18 - KDE Netbook Desktop
I can't let a new release with KDE go by without plugging my favorite netbook desktop - KDE netbook.
This is included in the standard KDE distribution, all you have to do is select it in "System Settings/Workspace Behavior". It changes the desktop into the multi-sectioned layout shown above, with a top panel (which auto-hides when an application is started), a quick launch area, a search bar, and an application/utility menu area. It just keeps getting better with every new KDE release.
Before disk and partition selection
This is the initial view of the anaconda installation summary screen.
What is important here is the Storage Installation Destination, click that to select the disks and partitions where Fedora is to be installed. You can also change the timezone and keyboard layout if necessary - but note that changing the keyboard here has no affect on the installation process itself.
If you want to change the keyboard layout for that, you have to use the normal tools - go to the application menu and type Language, then select the Region and Language utility program, and use the Input Sources tab to select a new layout.
Default is lvm
After clicking Storage Installation Destination and then selecting the disk you want to install on, you will get this screen with installation options.
The exact content of the upper part of the window will depend on how your disk is partitioned and how much free space you have. In the lower portion of the window you will find a Partition Scheme Configuration drop-down. Fedora uses lvm disk management by default, if you want to use standard partitions you have to click this drop-down and select that option.
If you want to specify the partition layout yourself, you have to click the I don't need help box. anaconda will then not try to figure out a partition layour for you, when you click Reclaim space it will simply take you to the next screen where you can do it all yourself. I found this a bit scary, I didn't want it to reclaim space, I want to tell it myself which existing partition to reuse, but you have to click that button to go on.