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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

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Introduction

The last time I reviewed Fedora was in March, 2015 and I was in the main happy with it. Fast forward 2 years and I felt it was high time I had a look at the latest version.

Strap yourselves in guys because we are in for a bumpy ride.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems
How To Get Fedora 25
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

You can download the latest desktop version of Fedora (version 25) from https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/ .

How To Create A Fedora USB Drive

There are a number of tools you can use to create a Fedora USB drive. I wrote about one method for a previous version of Fedora here .

I prefer nowadays to use a tool called Etcher which you can download from https://etcher.io/ . This guide shows how to use it to create a Fedora USB drive . The good news is that Etcher works on windows and linux.

Installation

The Fedora installer hasn't changed since the last time I used it and this guide shows how to install Fedora . If you are interested in dual booting Fedora and Windows follow this guide .

Ok, so I am now going to do something I have never done before. I am going to rank the order of the installation experience of the top distributions.

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

I am going to expand this as an article in its own right and explain with images the issues. For now though lets just say that whilst I find Fedora easy enough to install others might find that it isn't quite as logical as it might be.

It is worth pointing out that whilst running the installer for Fedora 25 I experienced a severe lag on the first screen. The time between clicking "Continue" and the second screen showing was very long.

First Impressions
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

When you boot Fedora for the first time you are greeted with a welcome screen and from here you can make some initial settings.

The first screen lets you choose your language.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

On the next screen you are asked to choose your keyboard layout.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

The third screen lets you connect to the internet by choosing the appropriate wireless network. Simply choose the network and enter the security key.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

The next again screen asks you whether you want location services turned on or off and whether you want error reports sent straight back to the developers.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

Finally you can connect to online accounts. This integrates your online services with applications within the GNOME desktop. For instance your GMail or Windows mail will appear in the Evolution mail client.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

Before you finally start using Fedora you are shown a page with links to documentation to help you get started with Fedora.

First Impressions
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

As pointed out in my review of openSUSE 42 , when the chosen desktop is GNOME it is difficult to tell one distribution apart from another using the same desktop.

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.

Installing Software
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

The GNOME software manager is the graphical tool used to install software and as with Ubuntu and openSUSE it doesn't show everything you require.

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.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

There are a set of repositories you can add to Fedora which make it possible to install the necessary non-free codecs and these are called RPM Fusion. ( click here for the website )

On the linked page there is an option called "Enable repositories" which takes you to this page .


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

You need to click on 2 links. The first installs the RPM Fusion Free for Fedora 25 and the second installs the RPM Fusion Non-Free repository for Fedora 25.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Fedora 25 - Oh No, So Many Problems

From within GNOME software you can now search for CODECs and install all of the GStreamer libraries.

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

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