Install Fedora 31 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI)

This tutorial will show you the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution Fedora 31 KDE Plasma Desktop with KDE for the user graphical interface. First, we present the basic steps for installing the Operating system in addition to your present operating systems (here we have two: Windows 10) and then you can see some screenshots of the installed system and the look and feel of it. We have another tutorial showing more screenshots of the installed and working Fedora 31 (Gnome and KDE plasma) – so you can decide which of them to try first – coming soon.

The Fedora 31 KDE Plasma Desktop comes with

  • Xorg X server – 1.20.5 XWayland is used by default
  • linux kernel – 5.3.7
  • KDE Plasma version: 5.16.5
  • KDE Frameworks version: 5.61.0
  • QT version: 5.12.5

The installation process is very similar to the old Install Fedora 27 KDE Plasma Desktop and Install Fedora 29 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI). Our system is relatively new – Asus X399 with AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and NVIDIA 1080 TI and the setup loaded successfully and there were no problems till the end.

We used the following ISO for the installation process:

https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/31/Spins/x86_64/iso/Fedora-KDE-Live-x86_64-31-1.9.iso

It is a LIVE image so you can try it before installing it. The easiest way is just to download the image and burn it to a DVD disk and then follow the installation below:

SCREENSHOT 1) Here is our “UEFI BIOS->Boot->Boot Override” and in most modern motherboard you can choose to override the default boot devices.

Choose the “UEFI: HL-DT-STDVDRAM…” to boot and install Fedora KDE Plasma Desktop 31 with UEFI support. You should do this, because most of the new hardware like video cards would not work properly without beeing in UEFI mode.

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Boot from DVD/USB Installation

SCREENSHOT 2) If you booted from the DVD you would get this first screen – select “Start Fedora-KDE-Live 31” and hit Enter

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Start Fedora-KDE-Live 31

SCREENSHOT 3) The kernel and the live system are loading…

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Booting from the DVD

SCREENSHOT 4) When the system load successfully you’ll be in a Live Fedora 31 KDE Plasma Desktop so you can test it if you like.

Click on “Install to Hard Drive” to install the system.

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Install to Hard Drive

SCREENSHOT 5) Choose your system language. Here we selected the English.

The setup will guide you through the steps in the language you select here and the installed system will use the selected language as default.

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Choose your system language

SCREENSHOT 6) Select time zone menu.

This menu might not be enabled at first and if it is not you should proceed with the next menu and when you return here it will get enabled.

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Time & Date

SCREENSHOT 7) Select your time zone – here we selected UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), but you can choose your time zone if it is not the right one by default.

You even may point with the mouse to your country on the map.

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DATE & TIME

SCREENSHOT 8) Set the network name of your computer.

The hint says which adapter is selected automatically because if DHCP availability.

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Network and Host Name

SCREENSHOT 9) Set the hostname of your computer and click on “Apply” then on the “Done”.

To use another network adaptor or network configuration you should use the network configuration tools, which comes with the Live USB/DVD, but this is beyond the scope of this article.

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Network and Host Name – hostname

SCREENSHOT 10) Installation destination – on which device you want to install the Fedora 31 KDE Plasma Desktop.

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Installation destination

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