Sun 13 May 2012

Installing Fedora 17 on my EEEpc using a kickstart!

Posted by ankur in Tech (230 words, approximately a 1 minute read)

I've been trying to do this for a few days now. Figuring out the correct kickstart options, and then making the kickstart availble was a little work. It wasn't difficult, it just required some experimentation really.

Here's how I went about it:

The kickstart file looks like this (I install KDE on my eeepc to keep in touch with it. I use gnome on my main system):

lang en\_US.UTF-8
keyboard us
network --onboot no --device p1p2 --bootproto dhcp --noipv6
--hostname guest.pc
network --device wlan0 --noipv4 --noipv6 --hostname guest.pc
timezone Asia/Kolkata
rootpw --iscrypted foo-bar
selinux --enforcing
authconfig --enableshadow --passalgo=sha512
firewall --service=ssh
ignoredisk --drives=sdb,sdc
clearpart --all --drives=sda
autopart --type=lvm

firstboot --enabled

bootloader --location=mbr --timeout=5 --driveorder=sda --append="rhgb

@KDE Software Compilation
@X Window System


I used two pen drives. One for the installer, and another to provide the kickstart. Get the UUID of your pen drive using the 'blkid' command. This will be required.

To make the kickstart available to your eeepc during installation, hit ESCAPE when you get to the installer screen. You'll be dropped to a boot: prompt.

linux ks=hd:UUID=:/

Tha'ts all really. Sit back, or go take a walk. When you get back, you have Fedora ready to use!

The page on the wiki with more information is here:

Oh! system-config-kickstart appears to be broken. Here's the bug I filed.