In this guide, we are going to install the latest version of Fedora – Fedora 34 workstation with screenshots. This guide will go through the step by step process involved in running Fedora 34.
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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Installing Fedora 34 workstation
Lets now dive in to install Fedora 34 Workstation
To install, Fedora recommends the following:
- 20GB disk
- 2GB RAM
- 2ghz of dual core process
- VGA capable of 1024×768 screen resolution
- Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Please be mindful of the following before proceeding:
- If you are installing in a system with existing data, ensure you have backed up the data
- If you are going to dual boot with Windows or any other Linux Systems, please decide on the partition to use
Download and prepare LIVE USB
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
Plug in the USB in your system, change BIOS settings to boot from it.
Steps to install Fedora 34
- 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.
- 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. You will be taken to a page where yu decide whether you want to just try the Fedora Workstation 34 Live or to proceed with installation. Click on the Install to hardrive button to begin the instalation process
- 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.
- The next page includes installation summary. Click on the timezone and choose your prefered timezone. Click on the Installation Destination to configure partitioning. By default, Automatic Partitioning will be selected.
- This is how the Installation Destination page looks like. You can opt to go with custom partitioning and choose your partitions the way you want. In this guide we will stick to Automatic. Click Done to go back to the Summary page and then Click on Begin Installation.
- Once you click on Begin installl, the Installer will start installing the system. It will install the software, Install bootloaders, Configure system and Configure Initramfs. You will see a page like this
- Once the installation is complete, you will be asked to reboot the system and remove the installation disk:
Fedora 34 Workstation installation Complete
- 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.
- In the next section, you will configure your privacy settings. Choose whether you want to enable Location Services and Automatic Problem Reporting:
- 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:
- Then set up a strong password for the user
Once all those steps are complete, you will get this final step informing you that the set up is all done and you can now use the system:
Up to this point we managed to install Fedora 34 on our system.
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