I recently downloaded the Fedora 21 XFCE4 Alpha iso and used the LiveUSB Creator to write the iso to a USB disk. When I tried to boot the USB image I hit an error I haven’t seen before:

vesamenu.c32: not a COM32 image

The quick fix is pretty simple, but not at all obvious: just provide the kernel and arguments manually:

vmlinuz0 initrd=initrd0.img root=live:CDLABEL=LIVE rootfstype=vfat ro quiet  rhgb rd.luks=0 nomodeset

Just type the above in in the “boot:” prompt (all on one line) and it should boot the image to a desktop. Not sure why this happens but it is Alpha.

As if I expected anything else from a beta release. At least the uninitiated have been warned!

This is unstable, pre-release software,

You wake up inside an OS installer in Timbuktu, and it’s six months in the future. But, there are bugs. Bugs everywhere. Bugs you must live with. This OS of the future isn’t a stable OS you can rely on. It’s for testing purposes only.

f20 anaconda

Fedora 20, Anaconda