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keyboard layout selection
This is the keyboard selection. The default layout is English/U.S. (of course). Click the "+" to add another layout, and select an existing layout and click "-" to remove it. You can leave multiple layouts selected, and change their order (precedence) with the arrow buttons. When the definition is correct, click 'Done' to return to the hub.
A comment about keyboards - I typically use a Swiss German, German, or US keyboard.
Most people will know about the difference between "QWERTY" and "QWERTZ" keyboards. But I have occasionally used French keyboards which have an "AZERTY" layout. I suspect that this is something the French are doing specifically to torment Americans, because it is guaranteed to have you pounding your head on the desk (or directly on the keyboard) within the first five minutes. Whatever the case, you can select the specific keyboard or multiple keyboards in this screen.
Target Disk Drive Selection
Now I am going into the most critical - and perhaps most controversial - area, the disk layout.
The obvious part of this screen is the selection of the target physical disk. The less obvious part is lurking under Full disk summary and options... at the bottom of the screen. If you don't want to install a bootloader at all (unusual, but not unheard of), click this label to get the screen where you can disable grub installation. Also, if you want full data encryption click the check box for that. I click 'Continue' to proceed.
LVM Selection and Manual Partitioning
At this point I have entered enough information for anaconda to complete the disk partitioning. It will use LVM for disk/partition management; if you don't want LVM, click on Partition Scheme configuration and you can change it, as shown here, to Standard Partition.
It will also make the following assumptions about the disk layout:
- A new EFI Boot partition will be created
- A new swap partition will be created
- A root partition will be created
- A home partition will be created
If any of these assumptions are not to your likeing (almost none of them are to mine, as I want to use the existing EFI Boot partition that was originally created for Windows 8, the existing swap partition which I created for openSuSE, and I don't want a separate home partition on this system), then check the box for 'Let me customize...' Either way, click 'Continue' to return to the hub, or proceed to the detailed partitioning screen.