A simplified installation procedure is one of the best reasons for using a Linux distribution such as Red Hat Linux. In many cases, for a computer dedicated to using Red Hat Linux, you can just pop in the CDs (that come with this book), choose from several preset configurations, and be up and running Linux in less than an hour.
If you want to share your computer with both Linux and Microsoft Windows, Red Hat offers several ways to go about doing that. If your computer doesn't have a CD drive, Network and Hard Disk installs are available. To preconfigure Red Hat Linux to install on multiple, similar computers, you can use the kickstart installation.
Whether you are installing Red Hat Linux from the CDs with this book (referred to as Fedora Core) or Red Hat Enterprise Linux CDs directly from Red Hat, Inc., you will use basically the same installer (called anaconda). In this chapter, I step you through the procedure for installing Red Hat Linux from the Fedora CDs. See the section "Installing Red Hat Linux (Fedora or Enterprise)" for information on the few ways that the installation procedure differs for an Enterprise installation.