Install the Fedora OS on our laptop

A few days ago I had installed the linux Fedora workstation 25 on my old Asus laptop which I had purchased several years ago and all I can say is I really like it! The reason why I change the Asus laptop’s os from windows 8 to linux is because I do not want to spend extra money to upgrade from windows 8 os to windows 10 os (I believe the windows 8 user will need to upgrade to windows 10 when windows 8 is no longer supported by MS in the future so I might as well change the laptop’s os now).

At the time I install Fedora workstation 25 the Fedora workstation 26 has already came out but due to it stills in the Alpha state I have decided to select Fedora 25 instead because it is the stable version. Anyway long story short, here is what I did to install Fedora on my Asus computer.

  1. I head to the Fedora website.
  2. In order to download the Fedora workstation 25, I start the another laptop, which is windows 10 hp. I then download the 64-bit 1.3GB Live image under Other Downloads to my windows 10’s hp laptop, if my Asus’s laptop is the 32-bit one then I will need to download the 32-bit 1.4GB Live image instead.
  3. I do the Fedora’s checksum to verify the download following the instruction on this page. We need to download the fedora’s checksum file from this page and store it in the same directory as the Live image file before we can perform the checksum.  
  4. After I have done that it is time to create a bootable usb drive to load the Fedora OS on my Asus laptop. I have downloaded the 24.9MB 32-bit Fedora Media Writer version 4.0.95 for Windows 10 through this link,  it seems like the 16.6MB writer on the Fedora’s main page is not working on windows 10.
  5. I get ready the 16GB empty flash drive just for the 64-bit 1.3GB Live image (you do not need 16GB flash drive but you do need at least 1.3GB space available for the media writer to write on).
  6. I open up the Fedora Media Writer which I have downloaded earlier and locate the 1.3 GB live image file in my hp laptop through ‘Custom image’, when everything is set I insert the usb drive into my laptop and select that usb which the fedora media writer will then start to write on it.

    Fedora Media Writer
    Fedora Media Writer
  7. After that I take out the usb flash drive and insert it into my Asus laptop where it will load the Fedora OS; thing gets pretty smooth from there onward. Once the os has been loaded I install it on the laptop’s new hard drive by gong through the step by step menu of the installation process. Since the hard disk is a new one I just reclaim all the spaces to install the Fedora’s os, if you use the old hard disk then make sure you have backup all the files in the hard disk before reclaim the disk space. You do have an option to state the amount of space which you need for the Fedora’s os which will not take up too much spaces in your hard drive, the instruction to do that is on the installation menu shows on the installation screen.
  8. After I have installed the Fedora’s os on the new Asus’s hard drive I restart my laptop through the restart button located under the down arrow menu on the top right corner of the Fedora’s main page.
  9. Once I have restarted the laptop I browse to the Activities page from the Activities menu located on the top left of the main page.
  10. There are already lots of software preinstalled with the Fedora’s os but we can download more from the software store later on.

That is it! There are still lots to be done on this os, for example I need more partitions which I will create it later on. The Fedora workstation 25’s graphic user interface is not like windows so it takes time for me to understand it and I will show you how to navigate with the GUI but that is the story for another day!

If you are just like me who wants to install the Fedora’s os on your laptop I hope this article will help you out, if there is anything I have not mention on this article then do let me know and I will include it in this post later on.

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