How To Get Fedora 25
How To Create A Fedora USB Drive
- Ubuntu/Mint/Zorin - Easy peasy. A simple 6 step process and the partitioning works by itself whether you are dual booting or not
- Mageia - Another straight forward installation and the partitioning is self explanatory
- Fedora/CentOS - If you go for the default options then the installation process is a 2 step process. The partitioning isn't quite so straight forward however and I recommend creating a blank partition before starting the installation. Even if you want to use the entire drive you have to go through a process of reclaiming all the space. Compare this to Ubuntu where the options are use entire system, install alongside another operating system or something else then you can hopefully see this is a little less intuitive.
- Debian - Long winded but ultimately decent. There are more steps than your average person needs and the web site is a bit of a nightmare as there are so many versions
- openSUSE - Ouch. Great if you want to install as a standalone operating system but you are in big danger of losing a partition or two if you try and dual boot
The first screen lets you choose your language.
The real power lies in the added extras, how intuitive the distribution is, the applications that are included and how much pain you have to go through to get up and running.
GNOME is straight forward to use. There is a panel at the top. The "Activities" link opens up a screen with favourite icons and workspaces. Pressing the icon at the bottom of the launch bar shows a list of applications as shown above and you can easily search for what you are looking for using the search bar.
GNOME also includes system icons in the top right corner which make it possible to adjust audio settings, power settings and user settings.
This isn't a review of GNOME however. This is a review of Fedora 25.
The reason I am starting with installing software is that Fedora ships with only free software which means you can't play MP3 audio or watch DVDs using your computer. In order to do so you need to install extra codecs.
On the linked page there is an option called "Enable repositories" which takes you to this page.
In theory this should make it possible to play music, except for me it doesn't.
Whilst we are on the subject of installing software searching for the cool stuff such as Chrome, Steam and other gems results in no results at all.
I found a link to a repository and tool called Fedy which makes it easy to install all of this software although you can install Chrome from Google's own website.
To install the software you just need to open a terminal and paste in the lines of code highlighted in the image above.
With these minor things (?!?) out of the way lets look at the rest of the software. Default applications include Firefox for web browsing, Evolution for email, Rhythmbox for audio, Totem for video playback, GNOME Boxes for virtualisation, a calendar, clock, webcam viewer, document viewer, LibreOffice office suite, GNOME Maps, GNOME weather and Shotwell for photo management.