I am not sure if this post fits better here or at review section.
"So, Fedora Core 5 is out. Why don't you try to install it on a computer, to see how it looks and feels?" said my boss this morning.
After getting the ISO files I taught that burning some CDs and installing from them is much too easy. Why not creating a Fedora 5 repository and install using http method?
In order to accomplish this task, I created base and os directories. I copied the RPM files from all 5 ISO files to os folder. I copied base folder from first cd. I created Fedora directory with 2 symlinks in it (base to base and RPMS to os). I runned "repodata ." command to create repodata folder at the same level with Fedora, os and base.
I put the first image on a cd, boot from it, linux askmethod at boottime, evertyhing went smoothles untill selection of package: "error, traceback error, bla bla". Usually I am not into reading error messages, but this time I did it. It was complaining about not being able to read some RELASE-NOTES files. RELEASE-NOTES-en_US, RELEASE-NOTES-en_US.html, RELEASE-NOTES-en_US.UTF-8 and RELEASE-NOTES-en_US.UTF-8.html to be more specific. Hmm, strange, I have only RELEASE-NOTES and RELEASE-NOTES-en.html files. Well, no problem, there is a ln command file I can use it. After making those links, I tried to install it again. My intention was to try an installation in text mode, so I took out the mouse. Surprise: the installation starts in graph mode even without a mouse. Great, another failure. No problem, boot again with text option, choose a language and a keyboard, partition a harddisk, NEXT and... of course, another "error, traceback error, bla bla". This time it was complaining about not having any groups.
Hmm, ok, now I really have to read the docs, especially the "how to create a Fedora mirror part". Guess what? Sometimes, reading the docs, it really helps. I found out that I need to make an xml file containg the groups. Again, /usr/bin/repodata is my friend. And finally no installation errors
Few words about installation: I couldn't find a "minimal installation" buton or an "install everything" button. Also it takes a very long time to check for dependencies. Even when I manually (remember the lack of install everything) selected all packeges took like an eternity to check the dependencies.