Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 16:14 UTC
Fedora Core Fedora 17 has been released. Major new features: "GNOME 3.4 and KDE 4.8; OpenStack, Eucalyptus, CloudStack and Open Nebula; ICC profiles for color printing and an improved gimp; Still more virtualization improvements." And, of course, loads and loads more.
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Yeah, I remember running into problems trying to install Fedora several versions ago in a virtual machine. My computer has only 1GB to begin with, so obviously the virtual machine can't be allocated a whole lot. I don't remember exactly what I did, but I think it went something along the lines of:

1. Get out of KDE, GNOME, Xfce or whatever else I was in at the time and start an Openbox session. With so little RAM and such obscene installation system requirements, I needed to free up as much memory as possible.

2. Increase the RAM in the virtual machine. Normally I only allocate 64 to 256 megabytes of RAM to virtual machines for the installation process, but this obviously had to be increased. I probably set it to use close to or more than half of the total RAM.

3. Boot Finnix in the virtual machine and create a swap partition with quite a bit of swap space. Once again, I don't remember the exact amount, but whatever it was I probably set it based on the amount of allocated memory.

It's insane just how much of a pig the Fedora installer is. I normally prefer text-based installers due to their simplicity, speed and light use of resources, but needless to say I was surprised by Fedora's installer. It provided none of these features.

Edited 2012-05-31 02:59 UTC

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