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The next generation Linux distribution derived from the Red Hat operating system

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Fedora is an open source Linux distribution based on and sponsored by Red Hat. It is a consumer operating system distributed in different editions. Being based on Red Hat Linux, the distro uses the RPM package manager to install, update and remove packages.

Distributed in multiple editions, as Live CDs or installable DVDs

It provides users with installable-only Live DVD ISO images, as well as Live CDs for each of its custom editions. A very large ISO image with the distro’s sources, as well as the installable DVDs, are available for download in this entry. The latter come with all the desktop environments supported by Fedora and distributed on the separate Live CDs, including GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, and MATE.

Boot options

Here we review only the DVD images, which are supported on both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms. If you want to download or learn more about the Live CD editions of Fedora, please search our Linux section.

Besides installing the latest version of Fedora Linux, the boot medium can be used to rescue an existing Fedora installation, run a memory test, boot from the local drive, and install Fedora in safe graphics mode.

Simple and straightforward installation process

Not only that the installation wizard is modern and smart, but the entire installation process is simple and straightforward. It will automatically detect most of your hardware components, if not all, and drop users to an installation summary screen.

From there, you can change the date and time, keyboard layout, system language, configure the network, select the installation source, choose a desktop environment and the applications you want to install, and partition the disk drive.

Next, you must set the root (system administrator) password and add a new user. That’s all, the installation process will continue to deploy all the files from the boot medium and notify users when to reboot the system.

One of the most influential operating systems

Fedora Linux is definitely one of the most influential operating systems on the open source ecosystem. It can be deployed on any hardware, and customized to the maximum.

Fedora was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on September 22nd, 2015
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