Fedora 15 KDE

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Hardware Requirements & Installation

Hardware Requirements
Here’s what you’ll need to run this distro:

1.3.1. Processor and memory requirements for x86 Architectures
The following CPU specifications are stated in terms of Intel processors. Other processors, such as those from AMD, Cyrix, and VIA that are compatible with and equivalent to the following Intel processors, may also be used with Fedora. Fedora 15 requires an Intel Pentium Pro or better processor, and is optimized for i686 and later processors.
Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium Pro or better
Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium Pro or better
Minimum RAM for text-mode: 256 MiB
Minimum RAM for graphical: 640 MiB
Recommended RAM for graphical: 1152 MiB

1.3.2. Processor and memory requirements for x86_64 architectures
Minimum RAM for text-mode: 256 MiB
Minimum RAM for graphical: 640 MiB
Recommended RAM for graphical: 1152 MiB

1.3.3. Hard disk space requirements for all architectures
The complete packages can occupy over 9 GB of disk space. Final size is entirely determined by the installing spin and the packages selected during installation. Additional disk space is required during installation to support the installation environment. This additional disk space corresponds to the size of /Fedora/base/stage2.img (on Installation Disc 1) plus the size of the files in /var/lib/rpm on the installed system.
In practical terms, additional space requirements may range from as little as 90 MiB for a minimal installation to as much as an additional 175 MiB for a larger installation.
Additional space is also required for any user data, and at least 5% free space should be maintained for proper system operation.

Installation
The install is pretty simple and straightforward. The ISO file weighs in at about 725MB. The screenshots below walk you through the install, from beginning to end.

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Comments

  1. BillSan says

    System: Dell XPS M1210.

    Congratulations to the Linux community and specially to the fedora 15 team. I upgraded from an impresive fedora 14 KDE to a greater fedora 15 KDE. While using Fedora 14 I hade some issues runing a graphics intensive package, but all that disapeer after I upgraded to 15 and upgraded the nvidia driver.

    There are many great features but the one I really enjoy is when I tryed to see a movie and the system detected that I did not have the packages needed. The system search, found, installed and the application worked with out any problem.

    GREATTTTTTTTTT Job team.

  2. says

    I am advocating the inclusion of at least one major, recognized Web browser other than Konqueror in the KDE edition of distributions, especially those who already exceed 700 MB, as the Fedora 15 KDE edition does. As I mentioned, I can see using some scaled down browser in the LXDE implementation or in an implementation where CD size is a factor, but when you are already at DVD size, you may as well use up the DVD size and include the software that most people are likely to use. A Fluxbox variation? Absolutely keep it as light as possible. An LXDE desktop? Again, keep it light. But a KDE edition? Give them the kitchen sink, the plumbing, the warranty and the manual to go with it, and include Firefox and Libre Office! No reason not to in a KDE edition, unless it is a KDE feature only, and that isn't the case here at all.

  3. says

    Casey wrote:

    I’m already one of those who have switched to KDE spin with this release. GNOME 3 is simply terrible and it looks like the developers don’t have the plans to change that new philosophy of making everything dumb (like GNOME wasn’t bare enough already). So after hearing a lot of praise about the latest KDE releases I decided that this would be a great time to try it out and see if I like it. I’m glad that I tried KDE as I think it is the first time I liked it, and I liked it very much. Everything looks extremely nice and is joy to use and it gives you a lot of power everywhere. During the days I’ve grown to like KDE so much that it has become the best desktop of all times for me.

    Yes, GNOME 3 is a bit of a mess right now. It should have been held back until it was in better shape. I can't see myself using it at all and that's a shame. I used to be a big GNOME fan, but it's just not my cup of tea at this point. Fortunately, there are a lot of other options available.

    Brian Masinick wrote:

    I don’t know why this is the case, but Fedora is not the only vendor who ships with only Konqueror as a Web browser. Konqueror gets the job done, and since late in the KDE 4.5 series, Konqueror made some major performance improvements and also fixed several bugs, a few of which I reported and continued to persist reporting them until they acknowledged and fixed them.

    As a browser, Konqueror really can’t match any of the major browsers, though as a routine browser, doubling as a file manager, it is excellent. Dolphin, now the default file manager, has really improved a lot and it’s right up there among the fine file managers.

    I think now that the Fedora image has crossed the 700 MB range and is really into DVD size, no point in trying to pare it down any more; bring in Firefox, Libre Office, and anything else it lacks. I can see not including these in the LXDE spin, but KDE is always known as a large spin, so include the kitchen sink with it and go light with LXDE and medium with Xfce; this is consistent with their desktop “personality” and the types of individuals who use those particular spins.

    I don't use Konqi either, Brian. It's okay but that's about it. I prefer Chromium or Firefox. Konqi just doesn't cut it for me to use as my main browser.

  4. Jeffersonian says

    @ john.smity@google.in:

    I have installed Fedora 15 x86_64, on an HP Pavilion Dektop, and do agree that the wireless requires linux gourou level expertise.

    Being a long time Linux User (10yrs+) I had not trouble to set it up.

    But I do admit this being very annoying !

    It would be quite nice for the next version of Fedora to have better wireless support at least for the most popular wifi chips: Atheros, Broadcom. Intel and more..

    J. :angel:

  5. julian516 says

    @Masinick:

    Sorry I did not see your question sooner. Fed15-KDE immediately updates to KDE 4.6.3 from 4.6.2. Nothing evident to the user, apparently this involves updates to various bits of internal plumbing.

    I have had this on for only about 72 hours, so no firm impressions yet. Certainly it is a clean-looking KDE and it appears to run nicely. It has taken me very little time to do my usual KDE fixes and customizations.

    If this spin is more stable than Fed15-G3 it is going to be a very nice KDE.

  6. says

    I don't know why this is the case, but Fedora is not the only vendor who ships with only Konqueror as a Web browser. Konqueror gets the job done, and since late in the KDE 4.5 series, Konqueror made some major performance improvements and also fixed several bugs, a few of which I reported and continued to persist reporting them until they acknowledged and fixed them.

    As a browser, Konqueror really can't match any of the major browsers, though as a routine browser, doubling as a file manager, it is excellent. Dolphin, now the default file manager, has really improved a lot and it's right up there among the fine file managers.

    I think now that the Fedora image has crossed the 700 MB range and is really into DVD size, no point in trying to pare it down any more; bring in Firefox, Libre Office, and anything else it lacks. I can see not including these in the LXDE spin, but KDE is always known as a large spin, so include the kitchen sink with it and go light with LXDE and medium with Xfce; this is consistent with their desktop "personality" and the types of individuals who use those particular spins.

  7. says

    The art work for Fedora 15 is identical between KDE and Xfce; this release, I chose to download the Xfce spin instead of the KDE spin and I was VERY pleased with it. For those who have downloaded the KDE spin, I am curious if a quick package update jumps the KDE version to at least KDE 4.6.3 – or even KDE 4.6.4?

    FYI, KDE 4.7 RC1 was just announced this week, so unless the KDE repositories in this spin are updated on a monthly basis, this release will get crusty in a hurry, so since Fedora tends to be a cutting edge release, I am hoping that Fedora will at least periodically update the desktop environment.

    Since I have not personally installed the KDE spin this time around, I cannot comment on any particulars relating to the desktop except for my note about the common art work across multiple desktop environments in the Fedora respin family. This is a good thing – especially for Jim, since he likes to see common branding, and it is also a good thing because Fedora tends to have very creative, attractive art work. My favorite, to this day, is still the Fedora 7 "hot air balloon theme" on a dark navy blue background, but most releases have a nice theme, and 15 has a nice theme.

    If Fedora 15 is anywhere near as solid as Fedora 15 Xfce, I'd say that the Fedora project has made excellent strides in striking a balance between new, cutting edge software and a solid, stable, usable desktop. I did run a live test of Fedora 15 GNOME 3. I was not that impressed with the GNOME 3 shell, but the Fedora test implementation at least appeared to be faithful and solid; it actually seemed to work; it just wasn't very impressive. The Xfce implementation, on the other hand, is more efficient, faster, and flawless in execution. At least for me, it is the spin I prefer to use at the present time.

  8. julian516 says

    Reasonable quick overview of a complex system. Fed-15 w/G-3 locked up on me a few days after installation, so I have just re-installed it with KDE. We shall see what happens. The site formerly known as autoten, now AutoPlus really simplifies installation of various non-free media codecs.

    I leave Konqueror on board because I think Fedora/KDE may use that code for other purposes, but Firefox reports for duty as quickly as I can have it do so. I also add Libre Office and wicd. I strongly advise wicd if a person is mobile.

    Fedora artwork frequently has been good. I agree with you Jim, they did very well with 15.

    So now I'll see if the Fedorans can behave themselves with KDE for a longer time than they did with G-3!

  9. says

    Hi,

    the lacks you have noticed in the KDE Fedora 15 release:

    – LibreOffice

    – Firefox

    are the main reasons that make me think OpenXange.org is in the "wright way", since late 2007 i include this 2 sw packages as default in all releases.

    PS: your comments about the kde default menu are not refered by my main users (university students)

    apsantos

  10. fjuhs says

    I see that KDE follows the grand tradition of featuring a bajillion options and configurations :).

    Always liked KDE. I prefer Unity but I've always had great respect for the KDE groups.

  11. john.smity@google.in says

    Fefora's WiFi support sucks. In this age and ear a distribution without proper support to WiFi is a joke.

    If you target is a portable, forget this release. You really have to be a geek to get the wifi working.

  12. Casey says

    I'm already one of those who have switched to KDE spin with this release. GNOME 3 is simply terrible and it looks like the developers don't have the plans to change that new philosophy of making everything dumb (like GNOME wasn't bare enough already). So after hearing a lot of praise about the latest KDE releases I decided that this would be a great time to try it out and see if I like it. I'm glad that I tried KDE as I think it is the first time I liked it, and I liked it very much. Everything looks extremely nice and is joy to use and it gives you a lot of power everywhere. During the days I've grown to like KDE so much that it has become the best desktop of all times for me.

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