Review of freshly installed Fedora 39 Workstation (Gnome GUI)

After Install Fedora Workstation 39 (Gnome GUI) – the look and feel of the GUI (Gnome – version 45.0).

  • Xorg X11 server – 1.20.14 and Xorg X11 server XWayland 23.2.2 is used by default
  • GNOME (the GUI) – 45.0
  • linux kernel – 6.5.6

The idea of this tutorial is just to see what to expect from Fedora 39 Workstation – 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 259 screenshots and not so much text the main idea is not to distract the user with much text and version information and 3 meaningless screenshots , which the reader cannot see anything for the user interface, but these days the user interface is the primary goal of a Desktop system. Only for comparison there are couple of old versions reviews, too – Review of freshly installed Fedora 38 Workstation (Gnome GUI), Review of freshly installed Fedora 37 Workstation (Gnome GUI), Review of freshly installed Fedora 36 Workstation (Gnome GUI) and more.
For more details about what software version could be installed check out the Software and technical details of Fedora Server 39 including cockpit screenshots. The same software could be installed in Fedora 39 Workstation to build a decent development desktop system.

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

SCREENSHOT 1) Fedora Linux (6.5.-300.fc39.x86_64) 39 (Workstation Edition)

main menu
grub 2.06 entry boot

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Install Fedora Workstation 39 (Gnome GUI)

This article will show the simple steps of installing a modern Linux Distribution like Fedora 39 Workstation Edition with Gnome for the graphical user 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. Soon another article will show more screenshots of the installed and working Fedora 39 (Gnome and KDE plasma) – so the user may decide which of them to try first.
This is the most straightforward 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 Workstation 39. All disk information in sda disk device will be permanently deleted by the installation wizard!

The Fedora 39 Workstation comes with

  • Xorg X11 server – 1.20.14 and Xorg X11 server XWayland 23.2.2 is used by default
  • GNOME (the GUI) – 45.0
  • linux kernel – 6.5.6

Check out our review article about what GUI software is included in – Review of freshly installed Fedora 39 Workstation (Gnome GUI).

There are previous installations howto articles for the older Fedora 38Install Fedora Workstation 38 (Gnome GUI), Install Fedora Workstation 37 (Gnome GUI), Review of freshly installed Fedora 36 Workstation (Gnome GUI), Install Fedora Workstation 31 (Gnome GUI), Install Fedora Workstation 30 (Gnome GUI).

The following ISO is used for the installation process:
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.
The simplest way to make a bootable USB drive is to just use the Linux command dd. First, download the ISO file above and then plug the USB drive into the computer and find out the device name, it should be something of /dev/sda or /dev/sdb or /dev/sdc (execute the dmesg command in the console and check the last lines for the USB drive detection and its device name like /dev/sd?). After knowing the USB device name issue the dd command to overwrite it with the ISO. Note, all data will be lost if you use the following command with the device name mentioned in the command line.

myuser@mydesktop ~ # dd if=/mnt/media/OS/Fedora/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-39-1.5.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=8M status=progress oflag=direct
2013265920 bytes (2.0 GB, 1.9 GiB) copied, 17 s, 118 MB/s2129752064 bytes (2.1 GB, 2.0 GiB) copied, 17.9778 s, 118 MB/s

253+1 records in
253+1 records out
2129752064 bytes (2.1 GB, 2.0 GiB) copied, 18.0187 s, 118 MB/s

The USB flash drive should have at least 4G space. Using dd command will overwrite the data on the USB drive without warning or confirmation!

The user can check what device name the just-plugged USB Drive has with dmesg console command:

myuser@mydesktop ~ # dmesg|tail -n 17
[90470.220142] usb 2-1: new high-speed USB device number 7 using xhci_hcd
[90470.361406] usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=1f75, idProduct=0888, bcdDevice= 0.15
[90470.361411] usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[90470.361413] usb 2-1: Product: IS888 USB3.0 to SATA bridge
[90470.361414] usb 2-1: Manufacturer: Innostor Technology
[90470.361415] usb 2-1: SerialNumber: 088810000000
[90470.364298] usb-storage 2-1:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
[90470.364427] scsi host5: usb-storage 2-1:1.0
[90471.387214] scsi 5:0:0:0: Direct-Access     KINGSTON  SNV425S2128GB        PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[90471.387439] sd 5:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[90471.387649] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdc] 250069680 512-byte logical blocks: (128 GB/119 GiB)
[90471.387970] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off
[90471.387974] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00
[90471.388288] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdc] No Caching mode page found
[90471.388290] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[90471.395432]  sdc: sdc1 sdc2
[90471.395543] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI disk

The just-plugged USB drive is attached to the system with the device name /dev/sdc.

SCREENSHOT 1) Boot from the UEFI USB device.

It is the same as the CD/DVD removable drive. Choose the UEFI USB drive to boot the live installation.

main menu
UEFI BIOS USB device boot

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