I intend to re-install Fedora 20 on a new computer as I am having a lot of trouble with the installation done by the vendor of the computer. It is a dual boot machine with a small Windows XP3 partition for things I cannot do in Linux (mainly proprietary software for electronic devices)

It may be my fault fumbling things that has caused the problems, but anyway I want to re-install it from the official DVD. My question is: can I just accept the automatic partitioning, will it preserve the existing partitions, and will the dual boot Grub still work?

I have no data stored on the new machine: all that was backed up on separate hard drives from the old one, and I have done no permanent work on the new one.


After a lot of frustration I decide to try a well-established version of Fedora instead of the newly released 20 installed by my computer supplier. I have now installed version 17, and, so far, all the problems seem to have been solved. I can now use yum with no trouble. I also was apparently missing a lot of the software, like gnuplot and ghostscript. I suspect that the installer of Fedora 20 had not included the software developer's repositories.

In this installation process I had the option to replace the existing Linux, and that took care of the partitioning doubts.

So, now my question is answered, and I have, fingers crossed, upgraded from Fedora 12 to a decent working Fedora again.

  • the "issue with yum" that you're referring to may have been caused by Fedora's decision to replace yum with the next-generation package management system dnf. You can read more about dnf and fedora20 by searching online; feel free to read this article as well on the project's "blog site?". – ILMostro_7 Mar 1 '14 at 15:06

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.