<msonsuz> Fedora 10 is released. A new page is needed. If you can improve please do.

Preinstalled image[]

On the sourceforge site there exists a preinstalled Fedora core image. The easiest way to get started is to use that one instead of creating one yourself. This documentation is written as a reference book and maybe to help someone out with some settings in Fedora.

Extra information[]

I will use the following directory structure.


- Colinux
- Cygwin
- Distro (the folder with image files for colinux/qemu/distribtion iso's)
- Mingw
- Qemu




Qemu to make an minimal install image[]

There is no (easy) way to install Fedora Core from a DVD image to a file using colinux. So I needed an emulator which had a gui, could be easily used without doing too much work, and where you could convert the file into colinux image. In the article Converting Distributions there is an example how to convert a qemu image to colinux image. For this reasons I use qemu to make an installation.


  • Download Fedora Core 10 image from Fedora and put in Distro folder (C:\Linux\Distro)
  • Download Qemu from most recent windows port here is official site
  • To speed things up you can install Kqemu-1.3.0pre11 installer
  • Extract qemu zipfile from windows port to c:\Linux\Qemu
  • Go to the command prompt (Windows XP => Start / Run / CMD)
  • make a image to install fedora core (minimal 700MB) in dos by typing (2gb would be 1024*1024*1024*2 + 63*512)
fsutil file createnew c:\Linux\Distro\qemu_fc10_min_2gb 2147515904
  • make a image for a 512mb swap file in dos by typing (512mb would be 1024*1024*512 + 63*512)
fsutil file createnew c:\Linux\Distro\qemu_swap_512mb 536903168
  • Open notepad, create next batchfile, change settings like qemu_dir and name of iso file and save it (C:\Linux\Qemu\start_installation.bat)

set qemu_dir=C:\Linux\Distro
set hd=%qemu_dir%\qemu_fc10_min_2gb
set swap=%qemu_dir%\qemu_swap_512mb
set cdrom=%qemu_dir%\Fedora-10-i386-DVD.iso
set mem=256

qemu -hda %hd% -hdb %swap% -cdrom %cdrom% -m %mem% -boot d -L .
  • start up start_installation.bat and install fedora core with the second drive a swap drive


For the installation I recommend the following steps. I use text modus where you use tab,space, arrows and enter to choose options and this steps explains text modus. With ctrl+tab you can get out the window.

  • first screen will ask in what modem you want to startup. To make the installation go faster you can choose the (text mode)
  • and press enter (if you want to install in gui mode with mouse just choose first option)
  • you can skip dvd testing if you want to
  • press yes when asked to erase all data for hda and hdb
  • choose create custom layout and press ok
  • choose free space under /dev/sda press new and choose following options
Mount point 		/ 
File System type 	ext3
Allowable drives 	only sda1
Fill all available space selected
  • choose free space under /dev/sdb press new and choose following options
mount point 		will become <Not Applicable> if you change the File System type to swap
File system Type 	swap
Allowable drives 	only hdb selected
Fill all available space selected
  • If done correctly you will see
Devices	Start	End	Size	Type	Mount point
	sda1	1	261	2047M	ext3	/
	sdb1	1	65	509M	swap
  • Click next to First sector of boot partition /dev/sda on change device
  • Select First sector of boot partition /dev/sda1
  • Press OK
  • It changes to 'Install boot loader on /dev/sda1'
  • Press next
  • Deselect Office and Productivity/Software Development/Web Server
  • Select Installation Repo
  • Select Customize now
  • In the next screen install what you need For basic installation
Base System => Administration Tools => * except gnome-packagekit and kpackagekit
Base System => Base => Disable what you do not need
  • Fedora will check dependencies (will take a long time (10 minutes) so go get some herbal tea or whatever).
  • The installation will start automatically. (took me 20 minutes so get some more tea)
  • When done installing press Reboot and close Qemu.
  • Remove KQemu from Start=>Control panel=>Software.