Amahi Home Digital Assistant – Part 2. Installing Fedora.

By | March 25, 2011

FedoraThis is a continuation of Part 1 in a series of articles that walks through the preparation, installation and configuration of Amahi Home Digital Assistant. In the previous installment, we saw how to create a new Amahi profile and establish the base settings we will use in this portion of the walkthrough – installing Fedora 14.

If you were good little boys and girls, you already downloaded the 3.3GB DVD ISO file of Fedora 14. Right? If not, go get it now and come back when you’ve got it burned and ready to go.

First thing we want to do is take our newly burned Fedora 14 DVD disc and put it in the system we are going to use as our Amahi server. Now, as I already stated, I’m doing this on a Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 virtual machine, so some things may be slightly limited for me, but I will make every attempt to create an environment similar to what you will work with (just the mini version). Make sure your system is set to boot to CD/DVD and start it up with the DVD in your drive. If all is well, the boot menu welcoming you to Fedora 14 will be displayed.

Welcome to Fedora 14

Welcome to Fedora 14

I am installing a new system, so the first option is what I want…you, more than likely, will too. Go ahead and hit Enter, or wait for the timer to expire to continue (make sure the first option is selected if waiting). If you’re a Windows lifer and have never installed linux before, you’ll be presented with a screen with a bunch of stuff scrolling by that will make you feel like you’ve overstepped your boundaries a bit. Don’t worry, you don’t need to understand any of that stuff.

Scary stuff

Words, words, scary stuff, words…

After a few seconds of wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into, the media test screen will come up. This test is optional, but can save you some time later if you’ve got a corrupt disc. I skipped this because that’s how I roll.

Media test

Media test

After clicking Skip, anaconda, the Fedora system installer, kicks off to get our setup going. Please wait…just like it says.

Anaconda

Anaconda – Fedora system installer

And they’re off! The first screen of anaconda is displayed. Click Next.

Begin setup

Begin setup

The next several steps are all default settings so I’m not going to say much about them. I’ll just let the image captions describe what you’re looking at. Most are fairly self-explanatory and the ones that aren’t, well, just use the suggested default setting.

Language

Language to curse in

Keyboard

Keyboard language

Storage system

Storage system

Examining storage devices

Examining storage devices

Choose a hostname

Choose a hostname

Timezone

Timezone

root password

root password

OK, so that was most of the mindless stuff. Next up is where we partition our drives. If you have a drive that had a previous operating system on it, but you don’t want to keep it, choose Use All Space for the installation type. For unpartitioned drives, the default Replace Existing Linux System(s) is probably OK. Just keep in mind, the drive must not have any other non-linux partitions on it if you wish for the entire drive to be used. If you are unsure and want to use the entire drive, choose Use All Space.

Disk partitioning

Disk partitioning

Clicking Next will bring up a confirmation box. Subsequently clicking Write Changes to Disk will perform your selected action and pretty much nuke whatever was on there.

Confirm

You have been warned

Now that we have confirmed the total annihilation of whatever was on that disk(s), the creation of alien file systems begins.

Formatting

Mushroom cloud

In a few short moments, we have our new alien file system. That means it’s time to add some alien applications. For Amahi, we want to retain the Graphical Desktop environment, the default application repository and then add an additional repository by clicking the Add additional software repositories.

Software selector

How fat is your Fedora?

The repository we are adding is for Amahi itself. Just name the repo Amahi and use the http address http://f14.amahi.org and click OK.

Add Amahi repo

Add Amahi repo

After the clicking OK, you will probably get prompted to select a network interface since we have not set up our connection yet. Leave the default and click OK.

Activate network

Activate network

I’m only assuming everyone is working with a typical wired connection capable of pulling an IP address via DHCP. If you are doing something else, I can’t help you here, although it shouldn’t be too terribly hard to figure out. Otherwise, curse in your preferred language and bang on your selected keyboard because this guide is probably over for you.

Network connections

Network connections

On clicking the Close button, Fedora will attempt to configure the network according to what we set or it detected. If successful, it will begin retrieving the necessary package information from the Amahi repo. If you get an error or anything other than what happened below, then I guess that really sucks.

Retrieving Amahi info

Retrieving Amahi info

After getting package information, you can see that Amahi has been added to the additional repo list (bottom list box) and it should have a check mark placed beside it. The next thing we’re going to do is further customize out software packages, so select the Customise now radio button and hit Next.

Remove packages

Remove packages

On the package selection screen, we’re going to remove a couple. I’m sure there’s probably several more that could go than what I’m removing, but I’m just playing it safe here. Click on Applications in the left pane and then in the right pane, deselect Games and Entertainment and Office/Productivity ().

Remove games and office apps

Remove crap

Upon clicking Next, there will be a dependency check for our selected applications and I’m sure there’s probably a lot of other uninteresting things going on in the background.

Dependency check

Dependency check

Once the dependency check is complete, the installation can finally begin! Depending on how crappy your Amahi server is, this can take a while. If you enjoy watching grass grow and paint dry, then this will be utterly fascinating to you. Otherwise, go have some coffee or catch a quick TV show to pass the time.

Installation process

Installation process

When installation is complete, the installer will congradulate you on not screwing it all up and ask you to reboot.  So reboot and then grab your phone, call your friend and tell him/her you just installed linux.  After they hang up on you, treat yourself to a movie and nice long weekend because the guide stops here for now.

Next up will be configuring Amahi within our new Fedora 14 linux installation.  Since I rarely write anything over the weekend, look for Part 3 next week!

  1. Amahi Home Digital Assistant – Part 1.  Creating a profile.
  2. Amahi Home Digital Assistant – Part 2.  Installing Fedora.
  3. Amahi Home Digital Assistant – Part 3. The Amahi web interface.
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