Fedora 28

Installing Fedora 28 Workstation

Installing Fedora 28 Workstation

Fedora 28 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 28 Workstation is the latest version of Fedora (released April 2018). Fedora 28 Workstation comes with the GNOME 3.28 desktop. Libre Office 6 (Full Office Suite), Firefox Web Browser, Evolution Email Client and the RhythmBox Music Player. The installation media will first start in a Live environment where you can try out the Operating system without committing to an installation. In the following example I am installing the 64bit Live version.

Fedora 28 Workstation is available for download from the following location: Download Fedora 28 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 28, 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 virtualisation 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 28

Once your system has booted, you will see an initial start-up screen similar to the one below. Simply select the option "Start Fedora-Workstation-Live 28". (This option will be automatically selected after several seconds if no keys are pressed).

Starting Fedora 28 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" as per the image below.

Welcome to Fedora

At this screen, you have two options. You can either install the Fedora 28 Operating System to your hard drive or choose the "Try Fedora" option. In the following example, I have chosen the "Install to Hard Drive" option. The option "Try Fedora" allows you to try out Fedora 28 without installing any information to your hard drive. This option is useful for checking compatibility with your current systems hardware. Click on the relevant image to make your choice.

Fedora 28 Try or Install

Welcome to Fedora 28

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

Fedora 28 Installation Language

Installation Summary

At this screen you can change your Keyboard settings and modify your Time Zone settings. 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 28 Installation Summary

Installation Destination

At this screen you must confirm your target drive that you are about to install Fedora 28 to. You have the option to accept the default partition layout "Automatic" or choose the "Custom option. 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 mobile or portable device. Click "Done" to continue with the installation.

Fedora 28 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 28 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 28 Time Zone Settings

Begin Installation

Once you have made all the necessary changes required, your installation will start to install in the background. Progress is displayed along the bottom of the screen.

Fedora 28 Begin Installation

Installing Software

At this stage, there are no more interactive options. You will be prompted shortly once the installations has completed.

Fedora 28 Begin Installation

Installation Complete

Congratulations, your installation is now complete. At this stage, click on "Quit". You must reboot your system to start using it. You will now return to the Live desktop. Follow the steps below to reboot your system and continue with the configuration process.

Fedora 28 Close Installer and Reboot

Power Off Menu

Locate the restart menu by clicking on the small arrow in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You should now see a pop up menu similar to the one below. Click on the Power button in the lower right hand corner.

Fedora 28 Power off System

Power Off System

You may now select the option to Power Off. Once the system has shut down, you can then power your system back up. Remember to remove any bootable media from your drives.

Fedora 28 Power Off System


Your system should now have successfully rebooted. The next screens will allow you to finish configuring your system. At this screen, click on the "Next" button located in the upper right hand corner.

Fedora 28 Welcome Screen

Privacy Settings

Here you can specify whether you want to allow applications to determine your geographic location. You can also specify whether you want to provide automatic problem reporting. (All reports are anonymous and are scrubbed of any personal data). Once you have made your choices, click on "Next" in the upper right hand corner.

Fedora 28 Privacy Settings

Online Accounts

At this screen you can specify which accounts can access your email, online contacts, documents and photos. These options may be specified later. If you do not wish to setup any of the specified accounts, click on the "Skip" option.

Fedora 28 Online Account Settings

About you

This is the new configuration screen within Fedora that allows you to create your user account. Fill out the boxes provided with the name of the user and the username you wish to create.

Fedora 28 Create User Accounts

Set a Password

At this screen, you must provide a password to be used with your account. The strength of the password is indicated below your entry.

Fedora 28 Set a Password

Ready to Go

You should now see a screen similar to the one below. Click "Start Using Fedora". You will now be taken to a login screen.

Fedora 28 Start using Fedora 28

Fedora 28 Login Screen

At this screen, enter the password for the user you created in the previous steps, then click "Sign In.

Fedora 28 GNOME Login Screen

Getting Started

The following screen provides a set of tutorials for common tasks.

Fedora 28 Common Task Tutorials

Gnome Desktop

To access the currently installed applications, click on the "Activities menu. Shortcut icons "Favourites" are displayed to the left of the desktop. The lowest icon can be clicked to display all of the available applications on your system. The search bar in the upper centre of the screen can be used to search for documents and applications.

Fedora 28 Gnome Desktop


To install additional software onto your system. You can click on the "Software" icon. This will then take you to an Application store where you can search for any additional software that you may require. Any updates that are available for currently installed software will also be indicated at the top of the screen.

Fedora 28 Software Application Store

DNF - Package Management

Alternatively, you may wish to install your software from a command line interface using a Terminal. For information relating to commands that can be used for installing additional software or updating your system, please refer to the DNF Commands