Install Fedora 38 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI)

This article will show the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution like Fedora 38 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 its look and feel of it. Here is another article available with more screenshots of the installed and working Fedora 38 KDE PlasmaReview of freshly installed Fedora 38 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI). If the user is interested in Gnome as a graphical interface there are two articles on how to install Fedora 37 Workstation Edition, which comes with GNOMEInstall Fedora Workstation 38 (Gnome GUI) and Review of freshly installed Fedora 38 Workstation (Gnome GUI).
This is the simplest setup. 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 38 KDE Plasma. All disk information in sda disk device will be permanently deleted by the installation wizard!

The Fedora 38 KDE Plasma Desktop comes with

  • Xorg X server – 22.1.9 XWayland is used by default
  • linux kernel – 6.2.9
  • KDE Plasma version: 5.27.4
  • KDE Frameworks version: 5.104.0
  • QT version: 5.15.8

For more packages and versions information the user may check out the Fedora 38 server articles – Software and technical details of Fedora Server 38 including cockpit screenshots.

We used the following ISO for the installation process:

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 or to flush a USB drive with the ISO. Just use the Linux command dd and a USB flash drive. It’s worth mentioning the dd command will destroy all data on the USB drive and overwrite it with the Fedora KDE Live ISO, so be sure to use a UBS Flash, which data is not important or with no data on it. The dd command uses the ISO as input and the output is the USB drive in Linux device form as /dev/sd?. For the following dd command, the USB drive is /dev/sdd

dd if=/mnt/media/OS/Fedora/Fedora-KDE-Live-x86_64-38-1.6.iso of=/dev/sdd bs=8M status=progress oflag=direct
2306867200 bytes (2.3 GB, 2.1 GiB) copied, 14 s, 164 MB/s2408269824 bytes (2.4 GB, 2.2 GiB) copied, 14.6423 s, 164 MB/s

287+1 records in
287+1 records out
2408269824 bytes (2.4 GB, 2.2 GiB) copied, 14.6466 s, 164 MB/s

SCREENSHOT 1) Boot from the UEFI USB Drive Kingston device.

It is the same as the USB CD/DVD-ROM bootable removable drive. Choose the UEFI USB CD/DVD drive and boot the installation live drive.

main menu

SCREENSHOT 2) Select “Start Fedora-KDE-Live 38” and hit enter.

main menu
Grub2 start fedora KDE live 38

SCREENSHOT 3) The loading screen of Fedora-KDE-Live 38.

main menu
loading Fedora-KDE-Live 38

SCREENSHOT 4) KDE Plasma is loading.

The installation wizard loads a fully functioning KDE environment.

main menu
loading Fedora-KDE-Live 38 KDE load

SCREENSHOT 5) Autologged in the KDE Plasma of Fedora-KDE-Live 38.

Click on “Install to Hard Drive” to install Fedora 38 KDE Plasma.

main menu
auto-logged and start to install to the hard drive

SCREENSHOT 6) Choose your system language. Here we selected 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.

main menu
Language selection

SCREENSHOT 7) Click on “Time & Date” to choose the right time zone for this computer.

main menu
Time and Date

SCREENSHOT 8) Select your time zone 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”.

main menu
Choose your timezone

SCREENSHOT 9) Set the network name of your computer.

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

main menu
Network and Host Name

SCREENSHOT 10) Set the hostname of your computer and click on “Apply” then on “Done”.

To use another network adaptor or network configuration you should use the network configuration tools, which come with the Live USB/DVD, but this is beyond the scope of this article. In fact, the setup autodetect the network interface with the Internet (i.e. DHCP server) and use it as the main connection for the computer.

main menu
Network and Host Name – hostname

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