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The Fedora Live Gnome 3 Desktop
Following up on my previous post showing openSuSE 12.3 installation with Secure Boot, this time I will walk through the same installation with Fedora 18.
What I hope to show here is that in my experience Fedora 18 installs and runs just fine with UEFI Secure Boot, and second that the much-maligned anaconda installer is not as bad as a lot of people have made it out to be.
I will skip the first couple of steps that were described and illustrated in the previous post, which use either the Windows Disk Management or one of the Linux disk/partition managers to free up sufficient space on the disk for the installation.
When booting the Fedora Live media, I am prompted to login as "Live User" (no password).
I am then given a choice between going directly to the installation (anaconda), or going to the Live desktop, which you can use as a normal Linux system.
One useful thing to do at the live desktop is to confirm that all the hardware is recognized and working correctly before actually installing Fedora. Also, if you have a non-U.S. keyboard layout it can be convenient to set that here, so that your keyboard will be read properly during installation.
The screen shot above shows the Fedora 18 Gnome Live desktop; to start the installation, I clicked the icon at the bottom of the favorites list.
Anaconda Language Selection
The first anaconda screen lets you select the language for the installation.
If you situation is "normal" and your keyboard is the default for whatever language you select, you can click that here and save a step later. Unfortunately for me, I install in English but usually use a Swiss German keyboard, so I can't take advantage of this. Oh well, I'll get a chance later to choose the correct keyboard layout.
Network Definition / Selection, wired or wireless
In this screen you can choose if you want to use a wired or wireless network connection during installation. The network connection will be used to determine location, and possibly to fetch updates during installation. Of course it is possible to make the installation without a network connection, if you don't have wired and don't want to bother with wireless at this point.