Fedora 21 Workstation Installation Guide with Screenshots

Fedora 21 has been released several days ago with many new changes and updated packages, if you want to view all the new changes and updates in Fedora 21, you may check our previous article about it.

In this tutorial we’ll explain how to install Fedora 21 step-by-step on your computer using the graphical user interface. For the installation, I’ll be using the MATE spin of Fedora 21, you can use any spin (Gnome, Xfce, Mate, KDE or LXDE) you want because the installation process is the same in all of them.

Fedora 21 Workstation Installation

Fedora 21 Workstation Installation

Installing Fedora 21 isn’t hard in fact, it’s like installing Fedora 20, but we’ll be explaining how to do it anyway for new users.

If you have Fedora 20 installed on your computer, you don’t need to install Fedora 21 as a clean installation, you can upgrade to Fedora 21 using the “fedup” tool, to learn how to do this, refer for the upgrading section in our article about Fedora 21.

  1. Fedora 21 Quick Review, Download Links and Upgrade to Fedora 21 from Fedora 20


Else, if you’re looking for a Fedora 21 server edition installation, head over to the below article that describes a complete step-by-step installation of Fedora 21 Server.

  1. Installation of Fedora 21 Server

Fedora 21 Workstation Installation

1. First of all, you have to get Fedora 21 ISO file in order to burn it on a DVD/USB stack, you can download Fedora 21 workstation from here: https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/.

2. After you download the ISO file, you can burn it on a DVD using Brasero (is an free tool to burn CD/DVD for Unix-like systems).

Basero Burning Tool

Basero Burning Tool

3. Alternatively, you can burn it on a USB stack using “Unetbootin” software, for more information on how to burn and make bootable ISO image on USB device, read our article at: Install Linux from USB Device.

Install Linux from USB

Unetbootin Tool

4. Now after you burn it on any media drive.. Restart your computer in order to boot from the DVD/USB stack.

Boot Fedora 21

Boot Fedora 21

5. You’ll get to the Live desktop, click on the “Install to Hard Drive” icon in order to start the installation process.

Install Fedora 21

Install Fedora 21

6. Next, the installation wizard will start (it’s called Anaconda). At the first step, you’ll have to choose the language you want for the installation.

Select Installation Language

Select Installation Language

7. After selecting language, click on ‘continue‘ button. On the next screen select ‘Date & Time‘ and set your local timezone.

Select Date Time

Select Date Time

Set Local Timezone

Set Local Timezone

8. After setting local timezone, click on the “Done” button on the top left to go back to the summary page, now in order to configure the keyboard layout, click on “Keyboard” and add the languages you want to use as a layout.

Select Keyboard Language

Select Keyboard Language

Add Keyboard Layout

Add Keyboard Layout

9. In order to enable switching between layouts on the system, click on the “options” button and flag the “Alt + Shift” selection.

Layout Switching Options

Layout Switching Options

10. Now, go back to the Summary, and click on “Installation Destination” in order to start configuring the Hard Drive, under the “Partitioning” section, select “I will configure partitioning”.

Select Installation Drive

Select Installation Drive

Next, choose the hard drive you want to install Fedora 21 on (Note: This will destroy all data on the selected drive, so be careful about the partition you choose), and click on the “Done” button.

11. Now you’ll be transferred to the manual partitioning page, Change the “Partitioning Scheme” to “Standard Partition” and click on the “+” button in order to create a new hard drive.

Manual Partitioning

Manual Partitioning

Make sure that the mount point is set to “/” and click on “Add mount point”, some options will show up.

Create Root Partition

Create Root Partition

12. You can configure the hard drive options from this dialog if you want, like size,file system type, enable encryption or not.. etc, in my case, I have 13GB of disk space only, that’s why I’ll be choosing to create only 1 partition (i.e. / partition), but if you have a bigger hard drive, you may create partitions like “/boot”, “/home, /var and / partition” if you want.

Define Partition Settings

Define Partition Settings

13. When you’re done, click on the “Done” button and choose “Accept Changes”.

Summary of Changes

Summary of Changes

14. Now return to the Summary page, and click on “Network & Hostname” in order to change it, you may modify it or leave it like it is, it won’t be a problem.

Set System Hostname

Set System Hostname

15. Finally after making all above changes, click on the “Begin Installation” button in order to start installation process.

Fedora 21 Installation

Fedora 21 Installation

16. During installation, you can define a root password and a new user, so click on the “Root Password” button to create one.

Create root Password

Create root Password

17. After setting root password, click on the “Done” button to go back and click on “User Creation” to create a new user.

Create New User

Create New User

18. Now wait for the installation process to complete.

Installation of Fedora 21

Installation of Fedora 21

19. When the installation process is finished, you quit “Anaconda” for now:

Fedora 21 Installation Finishes

Fedora 21 Installation Finishes

20. In order to start using your new system, you’ll have to make a reboot.

Reboot System

Reboot System

Note: Don’t forget to unplug the DVD / USB stack after the reboot process (So that you don’t boot it again).

21. Once you reboot, the system will ask you to select your new Fedora Linux from the boot menu.

Select Fedora 21 from Boot Menu

Select Fedora 21 from Boot Menu

22. On the login screen, enter your new user login credentials that you’ve created during installation.

Fedora 21 Login Screen

Fedora 21 Login Screen

Fedora 21 Desktop

Fedora 21 Mate Desktop

That’s it! You’ve successfully installed Fedora 21.

After installing Fedora 21 Workstation desktop, follow below guide that describes 18 most important things to do after installation.

  1. 18 Things to Do After Fedora 21 Installation

Have you tried Fedora 21? What do you think about the new version? Also, what do you think about the new spins of Fedora 21? Do you like the new releasing system? Share us your thoughts in the comments!

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