I tried to install fedora core 5 without burning the iso into cds. Normally I install them and then the cds are of no use. I use compelete install and I upgrade or install new packages directly from the interent. This way I have fedora core 2, 3 ,4 cds sitting idle with me. Oh my god all these distro increases the no of cds every time. This time fedora core 5 has 5 cds all together.

The next thing you need to do is to install Grub on your system. You download wingrub from here. Download the same and extract all files to your c:\. See that there is a file named grldr and directory named boot in your c:\.

Did I forget to tell you, you must have windows if you want to have dual boot system where you can play with windows and linux the same pc. Download the fedora core 5 cds from here. Once you download the iso you need to have winrar. You extract two files initrd.img and vmlinuz to your c:\boot. Or you can download these files directly.

initrd.img vmlinuz

Then you need to open c:\boot\grub\menu.lst and add these following lines.

title Fedora Core 5 Install
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz
initrd (hd0,0)/boot/initrd.img

Then you need all grub loaded to your c:\boot.ini file for windows xp. It is very simple. Normally windows will not allow you to modify this file directly so go to control panel. In that go to system => advanced tab => startup and recovery => settings => system startup => edit.

Add these lines in the end.

C:\grldr=”Start GRUB”

Thats it. Now you have to restart your pc. While booting, it will give you options to boot. Select grub. Again grub will give you a lot of options, select Fedora core 5 Install.

The setup starts and you can install the fedora from local hdd directly. Select that option and direct to the location where all the cd iso are downloaded. Then you can sit back and install the core…. NO CDS but Fedora installed. 😉 😀