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Installing Fedora Linux on your Mac using Parallels Desktop

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This page has instructions on installing Fedora Linux on your Mac for the first time to use with Parallels Desktop.

  1. Obtain Fedora installation DVD or an .ISO image file.

    The easiest way to obtain Fedora installation source is to download in installation .ISO image from either the official Fedora web page or one of its mirrors.

    For better installation experience we recommend to use full DVD images.

  2. Start Parallels Desktop, then click File -> New

  3. Choose "Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or and image file", then click Continue

  4. Choose Fedora Linux from the list of the operating system sources found on your Mac, then click Continue

  5. Specify the user name and the password for your Fedora user account.

    NOTE: In this guide we describe only the Express installation method

  6. Specify the name and location of your Virtual machine or leave the default settings, then click Continue

  7. Choose "Install Fedora" or "Test this media and install Fedora"

    NOTE: Installation may take some time. Parallels Tools will be installed automatically as a final step of the Express installation to provide seamless operation between Fedora Virtual machine and OS X. Please do not cancel or stop the installation process.

  8. Once Fedora is installed, you can start it by opening a Fedora application or clicking the power button in the Parallels Virtual Machines list.

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