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    KevinAlaska Guest

    what do these ISO cd image terms mean for FedoraCore3?


    Newbie here..

    I recently purchased a nice upgrade for myself. I have an AMD 64 3500 (socket 939) and the MSI Neo2 Platinum motherboard with 1 GB of ram and a 6800 GT AGP video card.

    I am finally ready to get back into learning Linux and wish to install the 64 bit version of Fedora Core 3.

    I see these terms and I am not sure on what they are, how they work and what that means for me.

    What are these:

    FC3-x86_64-SRPMS-disc4.iso ---- ((the SRPMS)) in this file? I would also like to know how this is different from the version that does not have SRPMS in the ISO file.

    BitTorrent ---- I have seen this and I have no idea what it means?

    Thanks EVERYONE for your help...


    Kevin in Alaska

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    jayemef Guest
    ISO files are basically bootable files, which need to be burned a special way if burned to media, such as a cd or dvd. In order to boot from media, you need to have an "iso image" burned to it. Most burning software will help you along with this.

    As for the files you need, it all depends on whether you wish to install via CD or DVD. If you wish to install via CD, you will want the files
    FC3-x86_64-disc1.iso (md5sum: b61b0eb7e0171837aeeff4f0054a4d79)
    FC3-x86_64-disc2.iso (md5sum: 99dc12c7e8a93844a48a5675a9c07ec9)
    FC3-x86_64-disc3.iso (md5sum: 399b7ffd721ebb4244a02c34cdbb1b82)
    FC3-x86_64-disc4.iso (md5sum: f58b1de3b880df55dbbd37d143419226)

    For DVD, you will want the file FC3-x86_64-DVD.iso (md5sum: 2786a751df919f340d967a4833b63b16)

    The md5sum at the end is a number you can use to ensure that you're downloaded files are not corrupt. Most burning software will tell you, when burning an iso image, what the md5sum number is. Once you have that, compare it with these. If they match, you're in the clear. If not, you'll have to redownload them.

    BItTorrent is a program used to download large files over a period of time. You will need a BitTorrent client, such as azureus. From there you download the *.torrent file you wish (which simply keeps tracking information in order; it does not contain the material you actually intend to download), and open it with your torrent clicent. From there, the client will connect with other machines online that are downloading the same file you are. Packets get sent back and forth between these machines, and eventually you will end up with 100% of the file. This is extremely useful for two reasons. One, if you don't have a constant internet connection, it's okay, because the next time you open your client, it will start off where it left off. Secondly, it ensures that your files won't get corrupted, which is very important. I would recommend this over anything.

    Hope that helps...
    Last edited by jayemef; 25th January 2005 at 10:44 PM.

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    SRPMS are the source RPMS for the binary RPMS you normally use for installation. RH has to release them to remain in accordance with the GPL (GNU Public License).
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