Review of freshly installed Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI)

After the tutorial of how to install Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop this tutorial is mainly to see what to expect from a freshly installed Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop – the look and feel of the new KDE GUI (version 5.24.3 of KDE Plasma). The Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop is part of Fedora spins – https://spins.fedoraproject.org/kde/
Here you can find how to Install Fedora 36 KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE GUI). Here it worth mentioning the included versions of KDE software for Fedora 36:

  • KDE Plasma version: 5.24.3
  • KDE Frameworks version: 5.91.0
  • QT version: 5.15.3

The idea of this article is just to see what to expect from Fedora 36 KDE Plasma – the look and feel of the GUI, the default installed programs and their look and how to do some basic steps with them, it is included also screenshots of the KDE settings program. Here you’ll find more than 200 screenshots and not so many texts we do not want to turn this review of many texts and version information and 3 meaningless screenshots, which you could not see anything for the user interface because these days it is the primary goal of a Desktop system. You can expect more of this kind of review in the future.
This article is the first part of reviewing the Fedora 36 KDE Plasma. The second article contains KDE System Settings screenshots and it is coming soon.

Summary of the screenshots

  • Logging
  • KDE Plasma Overview with Panel Toolbox
  • Fedora KDE main menu
  • Plasma Widgets
  • Activities
  • Install/Update applications with Discover
  • Install applications with dnfdragora
  • review of multiple installed GUI applications and games.
  • Dolphin – the KDE File Manager

Fedora 36 KDE Plasma screenshots

SCREENSHOT 1) Fedora (5.17.5-300.fc36.x86_64) 36 (KDE Plasma)

main menu
grub entry boot

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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.

main menu
UEFI BIOS DVD-ROM boot

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Review of freshly installed Fedora 36 Workstation (Gnome GUI)

After the tutorial of Install Fedora Workstation 36 (Gnome GUI) this tutorial is mainly to see what to expect from a freshly installed Fedora 36 Workstation – the look and feel of the GUI (Gnome – version 42.1).

  • Xorg X server – 1.20.14
  • GNOME (the GUI) – 42.1
  • linux kernel – 5.17.5

More technical details here – Software and technical details of Fedora Server 36 including cockpit screenshots and . The later article may be of interest to developers, too. The Fedora 36 Workstation may install all of the listed software for Fedora 36 Server Edition. The big difference is the disk layout and the file system used in server edition and in workstation edition. By default, in Fedora 36 Workstation btrfs is used for the root and home mounts.
The idea of this tutorial is just to see what to expect from Fedora 36 Workstation (Gnome)the look and feel of the GUI, the default installed programs and their look and how to do some basic steps with them. Here the reader finds more than 140 screenshots and not so many text the main idea is not to distract the user with much text and version information and 3 meaningless screenshot, which the reader cannot see anything for the user interface, but these days the user interface is the primary goal of a Desktop system. More reviews of the kind will follow in the future …

For all installation and review articles real workstations are used, not virtual environments!

SCREENSHOT 1) Fedora Linux (5.17.5-300.fc36.x86_64) 36 (Workstation Edition)

main menu
grub 2.06 entry boot

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Install Fedora Workstation 36 (Gnome GUI)

This article will show the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution like Fedora 36 Workstation Edition with Gnome 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. It is coming soon another article showing more screenshots of the installed and working Fedora 36 (Gnome and KDE plasma) – so the user may decide which of them to try first.
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 Workstation 36. All disk information in sda disk device will be permanently deleted by the installation wizard!

The Fedora 32 Workstation comes with

  • Xorg X server – 1.20.14 XWayland (22.1.2) is used by default
  • GNOME (the GUI) – 42.0
  • linux kernel – 5.17.5

Check out our article about what software is included in [coming soon].

There are previous installations howto articles for the older Fedora 31Install Fedora Workstation 31 (Gnome GUI) and Install Fedora Workstation 30 (Gnome GUI).

The following ISO is used for the installation process: https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/36/Workstation/x86_64/iso/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-36-1.5.iso
It is a LIVE image so you can try it before installing. The easiest way is just to download the image and burn it to a DVD disk (or make a bootable USB flash drive) 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.

main menu
UEFI BIOS DVD-ROM boot

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Software and technical details of Fedora Server 36 including cockpit screenshots

This article is for those of you who do not want to install a whole new operating system only to discover some technical details about the default installation like disk layout, packages included, software versions, and so on. Here we are going to review in several sections what is like to have a default installation of Fedora 36 Server using a real not virtual machine!
The kernel is 5.17.9 it detects successfully the Threadripper 1950X AMD and the system is stable (we booted in UEFI mode).
The installation procedure uses default options for all installation setups – Minimal network installation of Fedora 36 Server

Software

With Fedora Server 36 you can have

  • linux kernel – 5.17.9 (5.17.9-300.fc36.x86_64)
  • System
    • linux-firmware – version: 20220509, release: 20220509-132.fc36.
    • libc – 2.35 (2.35-9.fc36)
    • GNU GCC – 12.1.1 (12.1.1-1.fc36)
    • OpenSSL – 3.0.2 (1:3.0.2-5.fc36) and 1.1.1n (1:1.1.1n-1.fc36)
    • coreutils – 9.0 (9.0-5.fc36)
    • yum – Depricated and replaced with dnf
    • dnf – 4.12.0 (4.12.0-1.fc36)
    • rsyslog – 8.2204.0 (8.2204.0-1.fc36)
    • NetworkManager – 1.38.0 (1:1.38.0-1.fc36)
  • Servers
    • Apache – 2.4.53 (2.4.53-1.fc36)
    • Nginx – 1.20.2 (1:1.20.2-2.fc36)
    • MySQL server – 8.0.28 (8.0.28-1.fc36)
    • MariaDB server – 10.5.15 (3:10.5.15-1.fc36)
    • PostgreSQL – 14.1 (14.1-3.fc36)
  • Programming
    • PHP – 8.1.6 (8.1.6-1.fc36)
    • python – 3.10.4 (3.10.4-1.fc36) and also includes the older 2.7.18 (2.7.18-21.fc36)
    • perl – 5.34.1 (4:5.34.1-486.fc36)
    • ruby – 3.1.2 (3.1.2-164.fc36)
    • OpenJDK – the latest 18 – 18.0.1.0.10 (1:18.0.1.0.10-1.rolling.fc36) and also includes 17.0.3.0.7 (1:17.0.3.0.7-1.fc36), 11.0.15.0.10 (1:11.0.15.0.10-1.fc36) and 8.0.332.b09 (1:1.8.0.332.b09-1.fc36)
    • Go – 1.18.2 (1.18.2-1.fc36)
    • Rust – 1.60.0 (1.60.0-1.fc36)
    • llvm – the latest 14.0.0 (14.0.0-1.fc36) and the old 7.0.1 (7.0.1-7.fc36.4), 8.0.1 (8.0.1-2.fc36), 9.0.1 (9.0.1-15.fc35), 10.0.0 (10.0.0-13.fc35), 11.1.0 (11.1.0-6.fc35), 12.0.1 (12.0.1-2.fc35) and 13.0.1 (13.0.1-1.fc36)
    • Subversion – 1.14.1 (1.14.1-11.fc36)
    • Git – 2.36.1 (2.36.1-1.fc36)

Note: Not all of the above software comes installed by default. The versions above are valid as of May 2022, these are the minimal versions you get with Fedora Server 36 now and updating it after the initial date may update some of the above packages with newer versions.

Installed packages are 672 occupying 1.8G space:. Note, this is Fedora Server Install, not minimal install. The server install includes the web console – cockpit version 254.

[root@srv ~]# dnf list installed|wc -l
672
[root@srv ~]# df -h /
Filesystem                      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/fedora_fedora-root   15G  1.8G   14G  12% /

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Minimal network installation of Fedora 36 Server

This tutorial will show you the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution Fedora 36 Server edition. Fedora line offers many bleeding-edge Linux technologies than the more enterprise CentOS of the same RPM Linux family.

In fact, if the user needs a server with the latest Linux stable software Fedora server is the right and easy choice for a server!

Here are some basic data from the default installation setup settings:

  1. Installed packages – ~671 occupying 1.8G of space.
  2. 3 partitions when using automatic patition layout – boot efi, boot and root.
  3. xfs used for the root parition.

The Fedora 36 Server comes and updates to the latest stable Linux:

  • Linux kernel : 5.17.9.
  • Python : 3.10.4
  • GLibc : 2.35
  • OpenSSL : 3.0.2
  • systemd : 250.3

Of course, one can expect latest version of GCC (12.1.1), PHP (8.1.6), GO (1.18.2), MySQL Server (8.0.28), PostgreSQL (14.1), Nginx (1.20.2), Apache (2.4.53) and so on. Almost all of them are the latest stable version on their Internet sites.
Just be careful, the Fedora life cycle is 13 months from the release to the EOL (End of Life)! Of course, a dist-upgrade is supported and indeed, it has been flawless for years!

We used the following ISO for the installation process from https://getfedora.org/en/server/download/:

https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/36/Server/x86_64/iso/Fedora-Server-netinst-x86_64-36-1.5.iso

It is a LIVE image so you can try it before installing it. The easiest way is to download the image and burn it to a DVD or USB stick disk and then follow the installation below (a USB flash drive could be also created from this ISO). The netinstall installation is as simple as having a good Internet connection to download the packages, the installation wizard automatically detects the closest mirror, from which it will download the packages. Essentially, the network does not differ from the ordinary installation except it expects to download the packages from the Internet.

SCREENSHOT 1) If you booted from the DVD you would get this first screen – select “Install Fedora 36” and hit Enter

main menu
Start Fedora 36 Server

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