Among Linux-based operating systems, Fedora is second in popularity, behind Ubuntu. This series of instructions will show you how to install the Fedora operating system on your system, provided you have a Fedora Live CD or bootable USB stick.
Step 1. Download the disk image from the Fedora Project website
If you are a KDE supporter, go here.
Step 2. Burn the.iso image to CD, DVD, or USB flash drive
Make sure you burn it at a low speed so that there are no mistakes during the process.
Step 3. Change the BIOS settings
If you are using a Live USB drive, you might need to go into your BIOS and change the boot device to be able to boot from your USB drive. You can access the computer BIOS on most computers by pressing the F2 Or on To delete when the computer starts up. If you are using a CD or DVD, skip this step, usually CDs have priority at boot time.
Step 4. Make sure to select “Live Drive” when the option list is first displayed
If you choose to install it, it could potentially delete your entire system.
Step 5. Explore the system
The most remarkable thing you can play with is the window manager, which lets you view some very impressive effects. You should also explore the applications already installed in the operating system, and see what is also available with the package manager.
Step 6. Install the image on your hard drive
If you have made the decision to install Linux on your system, click the "Install to Hard Disk" icon in the workspace.
Step 7. Click "Next" when the installer starts, then select your keyboard layout
Step 8. Choose the host name
It can be left as it is, or you can enter a name of your choice. This will be the name of the computer. Then click on Following.
Step 9. Select your time zone and click Next
Step 10. Enter your administrator password for the system
Make sure the password is something hard to guess: the security of your system depends on it.
Step 11. Choose the installation mode
- use the entire hard drive. As the title suggests, Fedora will delete all data from your hard drive, and use all of the space for its installation. But be aware that you may lose all the data on your hard drive.
- use free space. If you have unallocated space on your hard drive, all that space will be used to install Fedora.
- replace the existing Linux system. If you are sure you have another Linux distro and want to remove it, choose this option and click Following.
- reduce the current system. This option allows you to shrink one of the partitions in order to install Fedora.
- choose a custom installation. This allows you to create and delete partitions manually (only for advanced users).
Step 12. Choose the one that suits you best, and click Next
Confirm by clicking on "Write changes to disk".
Step 13. Wait while the installation process completes
Once the installation has started, it will take 5-10 minutes (depending on your system) for it to complete.
Step 14. Reboot the computer when the installation is complete
Go to System> Shut Down and make sure to remove your Live CD from the CD drive or your USB stick from the USB port.
Step 15. Click Next on the first page of the Getting Started Wizard, then read and accept the license agreement
Step 16. Click Next again
On the "Create a user" window, enter the username you want, your last name, your first name, and your password.
Step 17. Set the date and time, then click on the "Network Time Protocol" tab
With Network Time Protocol, your computer can check the current time from a server on the internet, so you don't have to adjust the time every time the time changes. Select "Enable Network Time Protocol" and click Following.
Step 18. Optional:
Send the details of your hardware configuration to the Fedora Project to help them better develop their software to hardware specifications.
Step 19. Log in and enter your password, you are now a Fedora user
Your Fedora desktop will look like this.
- If you don't like Fedora, go to http://www.distrowatch.com to find out about other Linux distributions available. Don't be afraid of the sheer amount of choice! There are real rough diamonds in the list! Some of them come with the proprietary drivers already installed.
- Have the name and model of your graphics card and wireless network card ready (if you have one). Not all drivers are included in the operating system because they are proprietary.
- Shutting down the computer during installation can irreparably damage the boot process of your system.
- Most Linux distributions allow you to download and install proprietary drivers. Be aware that this may be illegal in some countries where intellectual property rights are enforced (Ex: USA). Remember to consult the laws of your country before downloading and installing drivers.
- Try the Live version first. If this version is not working properly, chances are Fedora is not working on your PC. Always select this option first to test, and make sure it is an operating system that will make you happy.
NOTE: the Live version uses the basic "generic" drivers which are designed to work in all cases (Ex: generic VGA drivers for video). Even though this version works, after installing it, you may experience issues with the proprietary drivers. You can still continue to use the generic drivers, but you will not have access to some of the features of your hardware (ex: 3D rendering might not work with a generic driver)
- This installation will erase any other operating system present on your system, so make sure that you have backed up all your important data.