Monday, 8 August 2016

Complete Installation Guide for Fedora 24

Fedora 24 was released last month and lately I tried it after installing on my HP Pavilion dv6 model and the overall experience is awesome. In this article, I am covering up the installation of Fedora 24 along with the different desktop environments, minimum system requirements, features and what's new in the latest release and things you should do just after installing Fedora.

Fedora 24

Minimum system requirements for Fedora 24

If you wish to install and use Fedora as your primary OS, you need to have these minimum system requirements for it's smoother functioning.

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 1GB System Memory
  • 10GB unallocated drive space
  • Minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 for graphical installation 
  • Minimum hardware for Accelerated desktops 
    • Intel prior to GMA9xx
    • NVIDIA prior to NV30 (GeForce FX5xxx series)
    • Radeon prior to R400 (Radeon 9500)

Download Fedora 24

You can grab a Fedora 24 copy from Fedora website : There are options to download 32/64 bit versions. I would suggest you go for a 64-bit version.

Creating a live USB for Fedora 24

If you are on Windows host, you can create the live USB through liveUSB creator. If you are using Ubuntu, you can use the similar software - Unetbootin. You can use the command line too from Ubuntu or other Linux distros to create a live USB.

Installing Fedora 24 in Oracle VM Virtual Box

You can either use the live USB to try out Fedora 24 before you decide to switch completely to it. Or, if you have been already using it and want the latest release, you can install it along with other OS or completely replace it.

Virtual Box is a great way to try out, and even work out on distros without having the pain of creating a separate partition and having to worry about the GRUB menu troubleshooting. The advantage of VM Ware for people like me is that we can't create unlimited no. of partitions for trying out the different flavors of Linux with limited hard disk space.

Installing Fedora 24 in Oracle VM Virtual Box is very easy and it will take some min at max. You need to set up a virtual machine first and then use the ISO you downloaded to install the Fedora 24 in the virtual box as a fix OS.

Read here the steps for :

Installing Fedora 24 in a dual boot with Windows 10

The process of dual booting Fedora 24 along side with Windows involves the step as of Installing Fedora 24 in Virtual Box. The additional steps involves creating a partition and making sure you do not actually over write the Windows partition in the process of dual booting Fedora 24 with Windows 10. I say this, coz I have done this mistake once and lost all my data. Rest all steps are same as Installing Fedora 24 in Virtual Box.

This is all for today, we will be covering some more topics related to Fedora OS in coming days. Thanks for reading this, do subscribe to our blog. 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Setting up Virtual Machine for Linux

This is a generic article for setting up the virtual machine for installation of any Linux distribution in Virtual Box. The tutorial will help you to assign memory, create a virtual hard drive, enabling your system for 64-bit OS and more. 

The first step is to grab a installation copy from Virtual Box website. Here's the link : virtualbox download. The download options will include Virtual box for Windows host, OS X host and Linux / Solaris hosts. 

Once you are done with the download and installation part which is pretty simple, the next step includes setting up the Virtual Box to run a Linux distribution. The steps are common for any distro and repetitive too. 

Before you set up the virtual machine, if you need to run a 64-bit distribution, you will need to enable the Virtualization Technology. To do so, restart your system and press the key to enter the BIOS setting (for my HP Pavilion dv6, pressing Escape key is sufficient. It may be F8 or F12 too). Once done you will find a screen similar to this.

Select BIOS Setup and under Virtualization Technology, select Enable. Save and restart your PC. The blank screen while booting up a Linux screen can also be solved by enabling this feature. 

Now coming back to setting up virtual machine for Linux, Fedora in this case, open the Virtual Box, and click on New.

The next window will ask you for the Name, Type and Version of the OS. I have typed Fedora in the Name section and the next two are determined by the VM itself. You can change it though. 

Click on next. The step will ask for the amount of RAM you want to allocate to the virtual machine. Anything above 1GB will be fine here. 

Click on Next. The next two windows will ask for the virtual disk settings. Select "Create a virtual hard disk now".

In the hard disk file type, leave it to the default option - VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image).

Under storage on physical hard disk, you can select dynamically allocated or fixed size. 

The next step is to choose the file location and size of the storage you want to allocate to the Virtual Machine. 

This was the initial set up of the Virtual Box. The next step is to link the downloaded Fedora 24 ISO to this machine. In the screenshot below, you can see the settings. Click on the storage, and click on the icon as shown. Select choose virtual optical disk file and select the ISO you have downloaded. Click on ok and finish. 

In this way, you have set up the virtual box for any Linux distribution and linked the ISO file to this virtual box. Next step is Installing Fedora 24 in Virtual Box. You can return to the Complete Installation Guide for Fedora 24 for other options. 

Installing Fedora 24 in Virtual Box

Fedora 24 Desktop
Fedora 24 Desktop
This post is dedicated to Installing Fedora 24 in Virtual Box. Before you proceed with the installing of Fedora 24 in a Virtual Box, you first need to download and create a liveUSB or DVD and set up Virtual Machine for Linux

Once you are done with the pre-requisite steps, boot the Virtual Machine you have created and select "Start Fedora-Workstation-Live 24" from the list. 

The next screen will ask you if you want to just try the Fedora 24 or want to install it on your disk. You can use it for some day before installing it to find if it suits you and your work. 

Click on "Install to Hard Drive.". The installation instructions begins appear. Choose the language from the list. It was really great to see various Indian Language available for Fedora. No other distros provided such a large collection of regional languages. 

Once you are done, click on Continue. The next screen in Installing Fedora 24 in Virtual Box is User Settings. Click on root password and enter the root password. If you want to create a user, click on user creation, type in the username and password for the account. Also, you can give the Administrator privileges to the user you create by selecting a check box option. 

Once you are done, the next screen will be for selecting the Keyboard layout, Time zone, installation destination and network and hostname. Fill out the details, though all of it would already be detected and you only need it to change if you don't want the default. 

Click on Begin Installation to proceed with the installation of Fedora 24 in Virtual Box. It will take less than 10 min for the installation to complete. Once done, it will ask you to restart your computer. 

Enable Full Screen Mode

When I installed Fedora 24 and rebooted it, it was not the full screen mode and didn't cover the complete screen. To enable the full screen mode, you need to install the guest addition for Fedora. Open Virtual Box and in the Menu > Devices > Install Guest Additions CD image. Once done, you can reboot the machine and can Fedora will start in full screen mode. 

If you are facing any issues, this page have a detailed article on how to install it.