Getting involved with the Fedora project – Part 1

I’ve dabble with open source involvement for a while and thought it would be beneficial to others to share one’s experience.  Hopefully, this may inspire others to follow!  In this post one intends to cover the steps I followed to get involved with the Fedora project.  The path I have taken focuses on installing the latest Fedora release and testing it.  In order to open this up to largest audience I will show how to install Fedora into a virtual environment within a Microsoft Windows environment. Once I have the latest Fedora operating system installed, I’ll discuss some basic testing techniques and hopefully spot a software bug.  Once we’ve detected a bug  I’ll cover the bug reporting tools used by the Fedora project.  From this we’ll hopefully see our testing and bug reporting efforts be assigned to and fixed by one of the Fedora software developers.  Heck!  We might even open the source code ourselves and generate a software patch to fix the problem.

Getting set-up with a virtualization software package

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.   It’s important to note at this point that VirtualBox is not the only virtualization product on the market.  Alternatives  include VMWare Server, Xen, KVM and Microsoft’s Virtual PC. Before we delve any deeper, let me re-iterate that this routine assumes you are running Windows 7 and wish to installed Oracle’s VirtualBox.  In theory, this routine should work on earlier version of Windows too.

Installing VirtualBox

Download VirtualBox.  At the point of writing this post the download page could be found here.

The download page should resemble the following:

Downloading Virtualbox

Choose the VirtualBox for Windows hosts.  Once downloaded start the installation routine:

Installing VirtualBox step 1

On the welcome screen click Next.

Installing VirtualBox step 2

The screen above allows you to customise the install.  Simply accept the defaults by pressing Next.

Installing virtualbox step 4

Again, leave the defaults on the short-cut options page and click Next.

installing virtualbox step 4

VirtualBox will need to manually stop you network connection so it may configure its virtual network interface; thus, ensure it is convenient to allow VirtualBox to do this and press Next.

We can now start the actual installation by clicking Install.

installing virtualbox step6

Wait a few minutes…….

installing virtualbox step7

Done! VirtualBox is now installed.  In part two we’ll download Fedora and then create a virtual machine within VirtualBox so we can then install Fedora.


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