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How to install Fedora 35 Gnome step by step with screenshots

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Fedora 35 stable version has finally arrived! The most notable of the improvements is the inclusion of the recently-released Gnome 41. You can get Fedora Workstation 35 now from the official website, or upgrade your existing install using GNOME Software or through the terminal with dnf system-upgrade. This article describes how to install Fedora 35 Workstation step by step with screenshots.

Fedora is a free and open source Linux distribution developed by the community-supported Fedora Project which is sponsored primarily by Red Hat. Fedora comes in several Desktop and Server flavors.

Fedora works mainly as an upstream distribution for Centos 8 Steam and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This means that with Fedora comes the latest Linux Kernel and packages with cutting edge features and applications.

The Fedora Workstation installation file can be downloaded from the Fedora workstation page here. The Fedora Workstation image, comes with the GNOME desktop by default. You can install it and then change your environment afterwards installing additional packages if you want omething else or you can download a spin image which will give you a different environment out of the box.

The Fedora desktop Edition comes in many other flavours, check this page on Fedora Spins here. Here is a list of some of them:

  • KDE Plasma Desktop
  • XFCE Desktop
  • LXQT Desktop
  • Mate – Compiz Desktop
  • Cinnamon Desktop
  • LXDE Desktop
  • Soas Desktop
  • i3 Tiling Windows Manager

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System Requirements

  • 2GB RAM
  • 20 GB of Hard disk space
  • Minimum of 2 GHz processor
  • Internet connection
  • If you are trying the software, you need a Virtualization software, such as VirtualBoxShells, or VMware
  • A bootable USB stick of Debian

Downloading the ISO and making it bootable

To get the latest of Fedora 34 workstation, head over to the Fedora Workstation page here https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/ and download the ISO file for your system. I downloaded the Fedora 34: x86_64 DVD ISO for my system.

If you prefer to use torrents to download instead, Fedora provides a torrents page here https://torrent.fedoraproject.org/ with all the Fedora Spins. Search for the Workstation file and begin downloading with your favourite torrent client.

After the download is complete, create a Live USB using any utility of your choice. Popular utilities include:

  • Etcher – can be used in Mac, Windows and Linux to create a bootable Live USB
  • Unetbootin – can be used in Mac, Windows and Linux to create a bootable Live USB
  • Rufus – another tool that can be used

Plug in the Live USB you created in your system and change BIOS settings to boot from it.

Installig Fedora 35

When you boot from the installation media, you will be given an option to start the Fedora Workstation Live or test the media. If you do nothing it will default to starting the Fedora Workstsation Live. Press enter to boot to the Live media

Fedora 35 install Boot screen
Fedora 35 install Boot screen

When you click enter, the disk will be checked to ensure everything is healthy before proceeding with the installation. If everything is OK, the installation will proceed. The Live CD will boot into Fedora Desktop Environment. A dialog will pop up asking you to choose whether you want to just try the Fedora Workstation or to proceed with installation. Since we want to install Fedora in our system, click on the Install to hardrive button to begin the instalation process.

Fedora 35 try or install

On the next step, choose the language to use when installing. The default English is fine for me so I just click Continue to proceed with the installation.

Fedora 35 install Choose Language
Fedora 35 install Choose Language

The next page contains an installation summary. Click on the timezone to choose your prefered timezone. Click on the Installation Destination to configure disk partitioning. By default, Automatic Partitioning will be selected.

Fedora 35 – Installation Summary

For the Installation Destination, you can opt to go with custom partitioning and choose your partitions if you want a custom set up. In this guide we will stick to Automatic for storage Configuration. Click Done to go back to the Summary page and then Click on Begin Installation.

Fedora 35 Installation destination
Fedora 35 Installation destination

The Installer will start configuring and installing the system. It will install the software, Install bootloaders, Configure system and Configure Initramfs. You will see a progress bar informing you what is happening:

Fedora 35 Installation Progress

Once the installation is complete, you will be asked to reboot the system and remove the installation disk. When you reboot the instance you are welcomed by this screen. This next steps will guide you through the initial set up. Click Start Setup to Proceed.

Fedora 35 install – Welcome

In the next section, you will configure your privacy settings. Choose whether you want to enable Location Services and Automatic Problem Reporting

Fedora 35 install – Privacy

Next, choose whether you want to connect to any online accounts, i.e. google, nextcloud, microsoft, facebook. Click Skip if you don’t want to connect.

Finally Set Up an Admin user account by supplying the Full Name and Username:

Fedora 35 install About you

Then set up a strong password for the user

Fedora 35 install set password

Once all those steps are complete, you will get this final step informing you that the set up is all done

Closing note

In this guide, we went though the steps of installing Fedora 35 Workstation with screenshots.

I am a Devops Engineer, but I would describe myself as a Tech Enthusiast who is a fan of Open Source, Linux, Automations, Cloud and Virtualization. I love learning and exploring new things so I blog in my free time about Devops related stuff, Linux, Automations and Open Source software. I can also code in Python and Golang.

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