Fedora 29 Live Media Install


Very old draft, anticipate inaccuracies and outdated information.


This HOWTO explains how to install fedora29 from the live DVD media.

FIRST backup everything you want to reinstall afterwords, usually /home/<user> selective directories.

Upgrade rather than Fresh Installation

Simpler, safer, but you should still backup your data and then follow:

Fresh Installation

  • Boot the system with the live media in the DVD.

  • Delete all LV’s erasing ALL your user data

  • Reboot the system.

Post Installation

Disable selinux:

$ sudo vi /etc/sysconfig/seliniux

Set the hostname if you forgot:

$ sudo hostnamectl set-hostname newhostname

Setup Fastestmirror:

$ sudo vi /etc/dnf/dnf.conf # add fastestmirror=true

Update Packages:

$ sudo dnf upgrade
$ sudo reboot

Install RMP Fusion repos

Click on the appropriate links and use install (default) action.

Suggest RPM Fusion free and RPM Fusion nonfree.

Via the command-line:

$ sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
$ sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Additional Updates

If you want to ssh from another host to finish updating your new system:

$ sudo systemctl status sshd # confirm it is not running
$ sudo systemctl start sshd  # start the daemon
$ sudo systemctl enable sshd # enable restarting the daemon on reboot
$ sudo systemctl status sshd # confirm it is running

Despite all attempts to kill Adobe Flash, some sites still use it:

$ sudo dnf install http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.norach rpm
$ sudo dnf flash-plugin

Install Chromium (not Google Chrome):

$ sudo dnf install chromiun

Note: chromium caused installation problems later, see Multimedia post-install

Stolen from mjmwired.net, but still seems relevant

There should be a better way to do this… so try skipping this section and see what doesn’t work.

XMMS: simple, older GUI, minimalistic features (but still popular):

$ sudo dnf install xmms xmms-mp3 xmms-faad2 xmms-flac xmms-pulse

Rhythmbox/Gstreamer - A simple audio application similar to iTunes layout:

$ sudo dnf install install rhythmbox gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer-plugins-bad-nonfree

Note: rhythmbox should already be installed, so ignore the warning.

MPlayer - MPlayer comes in a command line only interface or skinable GUI:

$ sudo dnf install mplayer mplayer-gui mencoder

Xine - Xine is similar to MPlayer:

$ sudo dnf install xine xine-lib-extras xine-lib-extras-freeworld

Install Additional groups

$ sudo dnf grouplist
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'Infrastructure Server'
$ sudo dnf groupinstall 'Infrastructure Server'
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'Web Server'
$ sudo dnf groupinstall 'Web Server'

Install AppStream metadata

$ sudo dnf groupupdate core

Multimedia post-install

$ sudo dnf groupupdate Multimedia
$ sudo dnf groupupdate sound-and-video

At the time of writing 2018.11.26 the dnf groupupdate Multimedia, produces the following error:

$ sudo dnf groupupdate Multimedia
Last metadata expiration check: 1:20:48 ago on Mon 26 Nov 2018 02:54:29 PM CET.
 Problem: problem with installed package chromium-70.0.3538.77-4.fc29.x86_64
  - conflicting requests
  - nothing provides chromium-libs(x86-64) = 69.0.3497.100-1.fc29 needed by chromium-libs-media-freeworld-69.0.3497.100-1.fc29.x86_64

So chromium seems to break Rhythmbox because you cannot groupupdate Multimedia.

Remove chromium and try easily install Chrome & Steam on Fedora

$ sudo dnf remove chromium -y
$ sudo dnf install fedora-workstation-repositories
$ sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled google-chrome # Need to enable repo
$ sudo dnf search google-chrome
====================== Name Matched: google-chrome ==========================
google-chrome-beta.x86_64 : Google Chrome (beta)
google-chrome-stable.x86_64 : Google Chrome
google-chrome-unstable.x86_64 : Google Chrome (unstable)
====================== Summary Matched: google-chrome =======================
$ sudo dnf install google-chrome

Note: also check Workstation/Third Party Software Repositories

Other Groups to Consider

$ sudo dnf groupinstall 'Administration Tools' -y
$ sudo dnf groupinstall 'C Development Tools and Libraries' -y
$ sudo dnf groupinstall 'Development Tools' -y
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'Fedora Eclispe'
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'Graphical Internet'   # want filezilla only
$ sudo dnf install filezilla -y
$ sudo dnf groupinstall 'Python Classroom' -y
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'Python Science'
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'Security Lab'
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'Sound and Video'
$ sudo dnf groupinfo 'System Tools'

# Some personal preferences
$ sudo dnf install perl-libwww-perl -y # $ provides HEAD command
$ sudo dnf install vim-enhanced vim-X11 -y
$ sudo dnf install vim-syntastic-perl.noarch vim-syntastic-json.noarch vim-syntastic-sh.noarch vim-syntastic-yaml.noarch -y