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Chapter 9. Installing Using Anaconda

This chapter describes an installation using the graphical user interface of anaconda.

9.1. The Text Mode Installation Program User Interface


Installing in text mode does not prevent you from using a graphical interface on your system once it is installed.
Apart from the graphical installer, anaconda also includes a text-based installer.
If one of the following situations occurs, the installation program uses text mode:
  • The installation system fails to identify the display hardware on your computer
  • You choose the text mode installation from the boot menu
While text mode installations are not explicitly documented, those using the text mode installation program can easily follow the GUI installation instructions. However, because text mode presents you with a simpler, more streamlined installation process, certain options that are available in graphical mode are not also available in text mode. These differences are noted in the description of the installation process in this guide, and include:
  • configuring advanced storage methods such as LVM, RAID, FCoE, zFCP, and iSCSI.
  • customizing the partition layout
  • customizing the bootloader layout
  • selecting packages during installation
  • configuring the installed system with firstboot
If you choose to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux in text mode, you can still configure your system to use a graphical interface after installation. Refer to Section 35.3, “Switching to a Graphical Login” for instructions.
To configure options not available in text mode, consider using a boot option. For example, the linux ip option can be used to configure network settings. Refer to Section 28.1, “Configuring the Installation System at the Boot Menu” for instructions.