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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.
Disk Partitioning Overview
This is probably the anaconda screen which has gotten the most criticism.
It is, to say the least, not entirely intuitive what is going on here, what it is showing you, what needs to be done, and how to do it. Other than that, it is really good...
What anaconda is trying to do here is show the disk layout grouped by logical function or usage, rather than just showing a linear list or diagram of disk partitions.
This is probably a good thing (once you understand it) because it really does make more sense to look at it this way — but it is totally different from anything that has been done before, and that has generated a lot of backlash from users.
Particularly confusing is the fact that some "shared" partitions, such as EFI Boot and linux-swap, can be listed in several of the logical groups. That makes sense when you think about how they are used, they really are part of several different logical installations, but it is very confusing if you are accustomed to thinking of a single linear view of the disk layout.
The first group in list will be the new Fedora installation. As yet nothing has been allocated to it; if I click on the 'Click here to create them automatically' label, it will create the partitions as I described in the previous screen (EFI, root, home and swap). You could then accept that, or further customize it as you want.
However, I am going to manually create the layout that I want, so the first thing I do is click on the "+" at the bottom of the window, to create a new partition for the root filesystem.