Fedora 25

Installing Fedora 25 Workstation

Installing Fedora 25 Workstation

Fedora 25 Workstation is a Linux distribution developed and supported by the Fedora Project which is an Open Source project formed by Red Hat and volunteers. Fedora 25 Workstation is the latest version of Fedora (released November 2016). Fedora 25 Workstation comes with the GNOME 3.22 desktop, Wayland Display Server, replacing the older X11 display server, Libre Office 5 (Full Office Suite), Firefox Web browser, Evolution email client and the RhythmBox Music Player. In the following example we are going to install the 64 bit version of the Fedora 25 Workstation.

Fedora 25 Workstation is available for download from the following location: Download Fedora 25 Workstation

From the above link, you can choose which version of Fedora you wish to download (Workstation, Server or Atomic). Click on the "Workstation" edition and then choose "Download". By default the 64 bit version is offered, however, you may select a 32bit version from the section "Other Downloads".

Once you have downloaded your selected version of the Fedora Workstation, you will need to burn this iso image to a DVD. For DVD burning software, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your system may already come with the necessary CD/DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have successfully burned your chosen "iso" image of Fedora 25, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system (assuming this is your intended installation target). If you are installing to a "Virtual" environment, simply copy the downloaded "iso" image to a folder that can be accessed by your virtualization software.

If you are booting from the DVD, you may need to modify your system's BIOS settings. This can be done as the system starts by pressing the appropriate key. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" , "F12" or another key. Most systems display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed when they are booted. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order (sequence) that your system goes through. You will need to specify CD/DVD as the first boot option (before your hard drive). Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the instructions below.

Starting Fedora 25

Once your system has booted, you will see an initial start-up screen similar to the one below. Simply select the option "Start Fedora Live". (This option will be automatically selected after several seconds if no keys are pressed).

Starting Fedora 25 Live

Fedora Live Desktop Loading

As the "Live" desktop environment loads, progress is indicated by a progress bar. Shortly after you will be presented with a "live desktop"

Welcome to Fedora 25

At this screen, you have two options. You can either install the Fedora 25 Operating System to your hard drive or choose the "Try Fedora" option. In the following example, we have chosen the "Install to Hard Drive" option. The option "Try Fedora" allows you to try out Fedora 25 without installing any information to your hard drive. This option is useful for checking compatibility with your current hardware.

Fedora 25 Try or Install

Welcome to Fedora 25

From this screen you must select the language to be used during your installation. In this example I have chosen "English (United Kingdom)".

Fedora 25 Installation Language

Installation Summary

At this screen you can change your Keyboard settings, Time Zone, Network and Hostname. Any section that is highlighted will need to be addressed before the installation can commence. Simply click on the relevant icon to change any of the settings.

Fedora 25 Settings Overview

Installation Destination

At this screen you must confirm your target drive that you are about to install Fedora 25 to. You have the option to accept the default partition layout "Automatically Configure Partitioning" or choose the custom option of "I will configure partitioning". In this example, I have gone with the automatic installation scheme. From this screen you also have the option of encrypting your data. This is recommended if you are using a portable device.

Fedora 25 Target Drive

Keyboard Layout

This screen gives you the ability to add additional keyboard layouts. To add an additional layout, click on the "Plus +" button in the lower left corner. This will then activate a pop up menu listing additional keyboard settings. If you wish to remove a keyboard layout, simply highlight the option and click on the "Minus -" option to remove. At any time, you may test your keyboard settings by typing into the "Text Box" to the right of the screen. Once you are happy with your selection(s), click on the "Done" button in the upper left hand corner.

Fedora 25 Select Keyboard Layout

Time and Date

If your time and date settings were not detected automatically, you can adjust these settings from this screen. Either click on the map or use the pull down menus to select your location. The date/time can be adjusted from the menus located at the bottom of this screen. Once you have made your selection, click "Done" to continue with the installation.

Fedora 25 Time Zone Settings

Network and Hostname

From this screen you may specify a hostname to be used on your system. In this example I am using the name "fedora25ws" to identify this system on my network. Any changes to your network configuration will need to be done after installation. Once you have specified a name, click "Apply" and then "Done" to continue with your installation.

Fedora 25 Specify Hostname

Begin Installation

Once you have made all the necessary changes required, you can select the "Begin Installation" button in the lower right corner of the screen.

Fedora 25 Begin Installation


At this screen you must select the options to specify a "root" password to be used and also specify a "new user" account. Click on the relevant icon. Whilst you make your selections, your installation will continue in the background. Progress of this is indicated below.

Fedora 25 Configuration

Root Password

At this screen, simply specify a "root" password to be used on your system. Once provided, click on "Done" to return to the main installation menu. The strength of your password will be indicated. If you provide a weak password, you will need to press "Done" Twice" to confirm this.

Fedora 25 Specifying a Root Password

Create User

At this screen you will need to specify the name of a user to be created. If this account is to be used as an administration account, then select the option "Make this user administrator". Again, the strength of your chosen password is indicated.

Fedora 25 User and Password

Installation is now Complete

Fedora 25 Workstation is now successfully installed and ready for you to use. You will need to reboot your system before you can start using it. Click on the "Quit" option to go back to the live Desktop environment.

Fedora 25 Installation Complete

Reboot System

To finish your installation you must restart your system. To accomplish this, click on the small arrow in the upper right hand corner of your screen. A menu will now appear which allows you to make changes to your network configuration or restart your system. We are going to choose the option to restart. This is done by clicking on the circular icon in the right hand corner of the menu. You will get the option to "Power Off or Restart". Choose "Restart". Remember to remove any media (DVDs) from your drive.

Restarting Fedora 25

First Login

Once you system has restarted, you will need to login with the account you created earlier if you chose the option to use a password. Click on the name, a box will appear where you can enter your password.

Fedora 25 Login Screen

GNOME Initial Setup

The following section requires you to configure your GNOME desktop. Here you will be asked to select various options such as Language, Keyboard and online account settings. After each option select "Next". Once finished, select the option "Start using Fedora". Congratulations, you can now start using your new system.

Fedora 25 GNOME Configuration

Getting Started

Initially you will see a "Getting Started" help screen appear. A quick overview of your installation and howto configure your system can be found. Simply click on the relevant links.

Fedora 25 Getting Started Help

Fedora 25 GNOME Desktop

Congratulations, you can now start enjoying your new system. Software can be selected by clicking on "Activities".

Fedora 25 GNOME Desktop

Fedora 25 Installing Software

Additional software can be installed quickly and by clicking on the "Software" icon. Once launched, You can search for software or click on categories to find new software to install.

Fedora 25 Installing Software