The Sans-Anaconda Install

Anaconda is the installer for Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and their derivatives). For a normal installation, it works well. But sometimes you need to do something a little more insane.

For power users, doing a manual installation can sometimes be the right answer if Anaconda doesn’t support your disk layout or if you want an excessively minimal installation.

This document contains the process for installing many Red Hat-like distributions manually, as well as some discussion on whether or not to install Linux like this.

Document history

Version 0.1, May 8, 2012
First manual-like version, written for ENGL 362 at the University of Kansas.
Version 0.0, date unknown
Two plain-text files containing slightly-annotated instructions for installing Scientific Linux 6.0 and Fedora 16.