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Welcome to the FedoraForum Linux help section.
This page provides some general advice and links to sites with help in various forms that you should find useful. The solutions to many common problems encountered by Fedora users are provided at these sites. Before posting a question in the Forum, review the listed help sites to see if your problem has been addressed.
Note that not all issues are covered in all guides and there's often more than one way to do things. You may have to read more than one guide and make up your own mind about which is best for your circumstances.
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New to Linux?
Perhaps Fedora is not the right Linux distribution for you. While Fedora is a stable distribution, has some exciting features and can be mastered with a little perseverance, there are other distributions that are easier to learn if you have no prior Linux or Unix experience. A couple of our favourite "intro" distributions are PCLinuxOS and Linux Mint. In addition, if you're an absolute beginner, buying one of the many available books on Linux basics (and actually reading it!) will be of great assistance.
Already Familiar with Linux or Unix?
You can read about Fedora's philosophy and what makes it different here. Fedora is often described as cutting edge - packaging the latest stable developments and upstream improvements before other distributions. It is possible to groom Fedora for use in a mission critical environment as some projects have done, but if you value high reliability out-of-the-box and long lifecycle above the newest features, you may be better off with RHEL (commercially supported) or CentOS (free).
If Fedora is right for you then welcome aboard. We hope you enjoy the power and flexibility of Fedora as much as we do!
Ready to Install?
If you're new to Fedora, it's best to wait until the latest release has matured by two or three months - then, immediately after installation, you can update your entire system using the provided update tool. If the timing doesn't suit you, then consider installing the previous release instead - it will be supported for at least six months after the latest release has been out.
We recommend downloading Install Media (an .iso image) from a Fedora Project mirror near you or through bittorrent. Verify your selected .iso image after download using the SHA256 checksum in Linux or in Windows and, after burning, check the integrity of your media on first use (via the option provided on booting).
Still Not Sure?
You can try out Fedora with a LiveCD without having to install to your hard drive. LiveCD's are available through the Fedora Project's main download page, via Live Media sections of the extended download page and at most mirrors.
Whether trying out with a LiveCD or installing to hard drive, there's advice to help you choose the right architecture here and here.
Typically, installation is performed from DVD or CD discs. If you prefer to use a USB flash drive to install, you can follow the guidance beginning here for all install types, or, for Live Media, you can go directly to the LiveUSB creator page.
The Fedora Project has provided a comprehensive F17 Installation Guide and F18 Installation Guide to help you through the process.
Help Sites for Current Fedora Releases:
Help Sites for Older Fedora Releases (F14 and Earlier):
- Introduction to Linux
A very useful hands-on guide, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, where you can learn about Linux in general and test your knowledge with exercises. Although last updated in 2008, many of the techniques and principles still apply.
- Fedora Project Documentation
The official documentation of the Fedora Project is a good place to look when seeking thorough or more detailed answers. Fedora Project documentation includes an Installation Guide, Release Notes and a Desktop User Guide. It is limited to Free and Open Source Software shipped with the distribution and does not address third-party additions such as codecs.
- MJMWired's Installation Guides
A useful step-by-step guide to installing Fedora since FC1 - including configuring common features and installing popular add-on applications. There is also a guide to configuring system services (daemons).
- Ask Fedora
The FedoraProject's Question and Answer site.
- Chat Clients
Fedora Project Chat Rooms
- Duli's EasyLife Scripts
PostInstallerF - Script for installing many packages
Automated install scripts in RPM package form for recent Fedora releases that address common add-ons and setup tasks, in several languages.
- Missing Box Studio's Fedora Guide
This site has guides to how to configure Fedora for everyday use, including graphics drivers, wine, SAMBA/Windows networking and virtualisation.
A site that holds various linux-related configuration guides including Fedora post-installation guides.
A wide-ranging online resource with its own forum and links to several other useful resources including reviews, FAQ, guides and hardware compatibility list.
A general Linux information site covering news, community events and tutorials.
- The Linux Foundation
Home of The Linux Foundation: a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux.
- Techotopia's Fedora Linux Essentials
This site provides an online book, and purchasable e-book, that addresses many aspects of installing and configuring Fedora including desktop, e-mail, networking, firewall, remote access, file-sharing, disk management, basic servers and virtualisation.
- CSU Linux Systems Administration
The California State University, Fresno, Linux Systems Administration Guide - detailed notes on Fedora installation and configuration, and a repository for the Enlightenment window manager.
- Leigh's Additional Compiz-Fusion Packages
A guide to setting up Compiz-Fusion on Fedora for older Fedora releases (Compiz-Fusion is no longer maintained for current Fedora releases).
- Fedora Basics FAQ
If you have decided to begin your Linux journey with Fedora after all, then this FAQ is very useful.
- Fedora FAQ
Max's Fedora FAQ covering many aspects of setting up and using Fedora.
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