Install Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI)

This article will show the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution like Fedora 36 KDE Plasma with KDE for the user graphical interface. First, it is offered the basic steps for installing the Operating system and then there are some screenshots of the installed system and the look and feel of it. Here is another article available with more screenshots of the installed and working Fedora 36 KDE PlasmaReview of freshly installed Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI). If the user is interested in Gnome as graphical interface there are two article how to install Fedora 36 Workstation Edition, which comes with GNOME and the look and feel of the GNOME – Install Fedora Workstation 36 (Gnome GUI) and Review of freshly installed Fedora 36 Workstation (Gnome GUI)
This is the simplest set up. One hard disk device in the system is installed, which is detected as sda and the entire disk will be used for the installation of Fedora 36 KDE Plasma. All disk information in sda disk device will be permanently deleted by the installation wizard!

The Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop comes with

  • Xorg X server – 1.20.14 XWayland is used by default
  • linux kernel – 5.17.5
  • KDE Plasma version: 5.24.3
  • KDE Frameworks version: 5.91.0
  • QT version: 5.15.3

For more packages versions information check out the Fedora 36 server articles – Software and technical details of Fedora Server 36 including cockpit screenshots and Software comparison Ubuntu server 22.04 LTS vs Fedora 36 server edition – head-to-head.

We used the following ISO for the installation process:

https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/36/Spins/x86_64/iso/Fedora-KDE-Live-x86_64-36-1.5.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) Boot from the UEFI DVD-ROM device.

It is the same with the USB bootable removable drive. Choose the UEFI USB drive and boot the installation live drive.

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UEFI BIOS DVD-ROM boot

SCREENSHOT 2) Select to “Start Fedora-KDE-Live 36” and hit enter.

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Grub2 start fedora workstation live 36

SCREENSHOT 3) The loading screen of Fedora-KDE-Live 36.

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loading Fedora-KDE-Live 36

SCREENSHOT 4) Autologged in the KDE Plasma of Fedora-KDE-Live 36.

Click on “Install to Hard Drive” to install Fedora 36 KDE Plasma.

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auto logged and start install 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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Language selection

SCREENSHOT 6) Click on “Time & Date” to choose the right time zone for this computer.

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Time and Date

SCREENSHOT 7) Select your timezone to configure your clock.

Probably the default is OK, the setup tries to autodetect it. The New York time is selected here. Click on “Continue”.

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Choose your timezone

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 adapter 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. In fact, the setup auto-detect the network interface with the Internet (i.e. DHCP server) and use it as the main connection for the computer.

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Network and Host Name – hostname

SCREENSHOT 10) Installation destination – on which device you want to install the Fedora 36 KDE Plasma.

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Installation destination

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