As fate would have it, some of CD's had bad sectors. This caused my installation to be terminated twice. I was surprised not to see the ignore option, for RPMS that failed to install. In any case, I did a minimal install to get Fedora Core 5 up and running. The development tools were completely missing.
I tried to use the new pirut tool, hoping that I would be able to install the remaining packages. To my surprise pirut uses yum as the backend and would not pickup any packages from my CDROM media. To fix this, I copied all the RPMS to a directory in /rpms. Used createrepo to create a yum repository of the RPMS. I then edited /etc/yum.conf to pick up RPMS only from /rpms. The next step was to find all RPMS not installed and install them with yum.
While, this was running in the background, I also installed the following
- Adobe Reader 7.0
- Java JDK 5.0
- Flash Plugin
- Kchmviewer (a chm viewer for Linux)
- KDE 3.5
- GNOME 2.14
- Eclipse (based on gij)