By default, the Fedora installation process loads a selection of
software that is suitable for a desktop system.
To include or remove software for common tasks, select the relevant
items from the list:
15.1. Installing from Additional Repositories
You can define additional repositories to
increase the software available to your system during
installation. A repository is a network location that stores
software packages along with metadata that
describes them. Many of the software packages used in Fedora
require other software to be installed. The installer uses the
metadata to ensure that these requirements are met for every piece
of software you select for installation.
The Fedora Extras software repository contains thousands of additional
packages you can add at installation time if desired. To add the
Fedora Extras software repository to the installation program, select
from the repository listing. Fedora Extras is
already defined in the installation program and requires no
further input. For more information about Fedora Extras, refer to
||Fedora Extras and Network Connectivity
The Fedora Extras repository selection is available if your computer
has a connection to the internet.
To include software from repositories other
than Fedora Core and Fedora Extras, select
Add additional software
. The following list includes examples
of ways you can use this option.
Get the Latest Fedora Software.
If you provide the location of a repository of updates for
Fedora Core, your system will have the most recent versions
of Core software. You will not need to peform a system
update immediately after installation to get these updates.
This usage is ideal if you are installing over the Internet
or any network where bandwidth is a concern.
||Upgrading and Updates
during the release cycle of a single verison of Fedora Core are
intended to upgrade only that version. If you are upgrading
a previous version of Fedora Core, you may encounter problems if
you include an update repository during this step. Problems
are less likely when performing a fresh installation.
Install Third-party Software. You may provide the location of a repository of
third-party software. Depending on the configuration of
that repository, you may be able to select non-Fedora
software during installation.
If you select
Add additional software
, the following dialog appears:
Figure 15.2. Add Repository Screen
Provide a name for the repository and the URL for its location.
Here are some URLs for listings of specific Fedora software
The URLs above provide a list of actual mirrors. You cannot use
them verbatim in the
Visit the URL for a list of actual repository locations. If you
see the text
$ARCH in the URL, substitute your
system's architecture. See Chapter 2, Understanding i386 and Other Computer Architectures
for more information on
Once you provide information for an additional repository, the
installer reads the package metadata over the network. Software
that is specially marked is then included in the package group
selection system. See Section 15.2, “Customizing the Software Selection” for
more information on selecting packages.
||Backtracking Erases Added Repository Data
If you choose
from the package
selection screen, any extra repository data you may have entered
is lost. This allows you to effectively cancel extra
repositories. Currently there is no way to cancel only a single
repository once entered.