The Fedora 8 ISO file I downloaded was supposed to contain a Live "spin." Spin is Red Hat Software's term for install variations of its Linux software. For insance, there is a spin for Linux developers, another for those who design electronics, and so on.
I couldn't get the DVD to boot in Live mode, so I read the release notes. Not useful. They note that the download icludes a Live ISO image, but not how to access it. I took another look at the 3.3GB worth of data I downloaded from the Fedora Web site:
Fedora-8-i386-DVD.iso -- 3.3GB
Fedora-8-i386-rescuecd.iso -- 105MB
SHA1SUM -- 1KB
The ...DVD-.iso file is the one I burned onto a DVD. The ...rescuded.iso file, I assumed, is a rescue disc that boots from a CD disc. And the ...SUM file is a check sum that ensures the files were downloaded without errors.
Where be the LIVE CD image?
I went back to the Fedora Web site to see if there might be a better explanation than in the release notes. As I scrolled down the downloads page, I discovered that the ISO file for the Live CD was "below the fold."
I had downloaded the wrong file. I needed to do another download, and to burn another CD.
The catch was that I had to decide between two user interfaces. (Since the content of the Live CD has to fit onto a single CD, it comes with just one GUI; the 3.3GB download includes both, plus a ton of other material).
* GNOME Live Media
* KDE Live Media
You can read about the differences in KDE and GNOME Comparison. In summary:
Generally, KDE focuses on offering as many features as possible with as many graphical ways as possible for configuring those features. Fans of KDE highlight the functionality it has. Critics of KDE say the menus are too confusing.
Gnome, on the other hand, opts for simplicity and often hides certain configurations in order to achieve that simplicity. Fans of Gnome think the simplicity of Gnome offers a cleanliness that allows the user to get stuff done. Critics of Gnome think it just lacks certain functionality.
Since I earlier used KDE, I opted to Gnome this time. Now to start the 700MB download.