As my computer has a 64 bit processor and 8 gigs of memory, I opted to install the x86_64 version of Fedora.  Some will recommend the 32 bit version and the PAE kernel, but this is the choice I made.

The big decision that needs to be made during installation is how to set up the hard drives.  As I mentioned in my last post, the computer has two 640 gig hard drives.  With two hard drives, it is recommended to install the OS on one, and use the other for Ardour sessions and so on.

One thing that always bothers me about Fedora is the very rapid release cycle.  Since they release every 6 months, and discontinue security update support a year and a month after a release, you are basically forced to upgrade very often.  It may be possible to upgrade an installed system, but Fedora’s recommendation is to do a clean installation.  But if anything goes wrong, you have a problem.  Or if nothing else, you have no usable system while reconfiguring the new installation to your liking.  So what I have decided to do is to to leave space unallocated on the OS drive, and when it is time to upgrade, do a new installation to a partition in that currently unallocated space.  That way I will be able revert to my existing installation if I need to, and take time setting up the new installation.  Once I have it as I want it, I can make the switch permanently.  Obviously, I have not tried this plan yet, but I am hopeful it will work.

Here is how I created my partitions:

/dev/sda1 is 200MB and is an ext3 partition mounted on /boot
/dev/sda2 is 595.97GB (the rest of the available space) and is an LVM physical volume, which I have allocated as follows:

lv_home is 297.99GB and is an ext4 partition mounted on /home
lv_root is 30GB and is an ext4 partition mounted on /
lv_swap is 16 GB and is a swap partition
The rest of the space I left unallocated

/dev/sdb1 is an LVM physical volume which occupies all available space on the second hard drive, and is allocated as follows:

lv_data is 596.17GB (half of the total space) and is an ext4 partition mounted on /data
The rest of the space I left unallocated

I actually could have made the root partition even smaller.  It only has about 7 or 8 GB on it after installation.  I will be using /data to hold my Ardour sessions.

After laying out the partitions, I had to select what packages I to install.  I didn’t make detailed notes of this, but if you leave anything out, you should be able to install it with yum later.

Up next, I will talk about adding repositories, especially Planet CCRMA.

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