I have a CD with the standard 64-bit version of Fedora 13. I want to install it on a VirtualBox VM for local web development testing. How can I install it without Gnome and all the extra content that goes along with the Gnome environment?
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/13/html/Installation_Quick_Start_Guide/images/pkgselection/pkg-group.png Select Customize now (at the bottom) and than remove the Gnome/KDE and the xserver package.
You should be able to just ignore all Gnome, KDE, and X packages on install. I don't remember all of the specifics off the top of my head. You could also install Fedora regularly and then use runlevels to just boot into CLI only mode. More information can be found here: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=89849
During installation I watched for an opportunity to modify the packages to be installed, but I never saw it. I'm sure I just missed it; however I did notice a few people saying that they'd tried blocking X/Gnome from installation but it installed them anyway. Something about Fedora being intended as a Desktop environment, not a Server. Go figure.
At any rate, I had to just uninstall them after the OS was completely installed, and once that was done I still had to change the default runlevel. Talk about a pain, but at least it's working.
if you are after a headless / commandline version of Linux (which uses yum or redhat / fedora like) install CentOS.