Fedora 24 release event


It was another successful event and this is my first event for fedora. I had a grate time with school students, I think shared lot of information about the Fedora distribution and the community.

There were about 30 student which is age 15 to 19  most of them are doing G.C.E A/L and there were G.C.E O/L students also.For student it was a very interesting session and they are new to Fedora distribution.

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The report

About the school

First I have to thank school teacher Mr.Puspa Kumara who help make this event successful.I am not sure if the release event would even be possible to have. Siri Piyarathana Central College is located in western province,Colombo district ,Padukka city there are about 3000 students in grade 6-13 classes and belongs to Zonal educational zone Homagama.

The event

We stared the event in the morning.I introduce myself and previous events I have done for the FOSS community in Sri Lanka. We had a small chat about what was of the purpose of the event and what was the current states of the ICT knowledge in the school.Right after that, I started my talk.

  • I gave them a small introduction about how GUN project started, What is Linux kernel, How Linux kernel started and  and the I gave the a idea about the open source and open source hardwares.not only that i showed some videos also which is about open source projects and free softwares.
  • Next I talk about the Fedora distribution, How fedora project started, also about the fedora community and How we contribute to fedora project.
  • Next we talk about the what’s new in fedora 24 distribution talk about the photo editing tools also.
  • before finishing the event I gave the steps to how dual boot fedora 24.
  • And finally I did a small python coding session with the student and I gave them instructions, how we compile python code on fedora terminal.


I think I gave good introduction about the Free/Open Source and the Fedora Distribution it is not easy to organize an event when you are doing a day job but i will do it again. You can download the presentation from here and see the more details about the event visit fedoraproject.org wik page from here(go to APAC) or click here.


Fedora 24 Alpha – Workstation Installation

Fedora 24 Alpha version was released April 12th 2016 and they right on schedule for June final release.

You can download following prerelease from Get Fedora site:

Noted : Now current states Fedora 24 Beta is pushed back to at least 10 may.Confirmation of this latest F24 delay here. But you can download Fedora 24 Beta, click here

What is the Alpha release?

The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 24’s editions in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 24 is expected in June.

If you take the time to download and try out the Alpha, you can check and make sure the things that are important to YOU are working. Every bug you find and report doesn’t just help you, it improves the experience of millions of Fedora users worldwide!

Together, we can make Fedora rock-solid. We have a culture of coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much as we can, and your feedback improves not only Fedora, but Linux and Free software as a whole.


Fedora 24 Alpha Install Guide for workstation

  1. Before Installation

    1. You can download Fedora 24  Alpha from here.
      1.  Select your version, Fedora 24 Alpha Workstation. On this guide I use Fedora 24 Alpha Workstation 64-bit.
    2. To create a live stick you can use Rufus
    3. if you need to create a dual boot with windows you need to create a unallocated partition that have about 100GBfedora-01
  2. Boot Option Menu select start Linux 24_Alphafedora-1

  3. Start Fedora 23 Alpha Installation click Install to Hard Drivefedora-2

  4. Select Languagefedora-3

  5. Select I accept my fatefedora-4

  6. Installation summary Windowfedora-5

    1. select installation destination

      1. it will detect unallocated partition if you only select Automatically configure partitioning and finally click Done button.fedora-20
    2. You can change date by clicking TIME & DATE

    3. Modify partitions manually

      1. click  “I will configure partitioning” and click Donefedora-m1
      2. you click link that call “click here to create them automatically” or you can click “+” mark to create swap(RAM size), boot partition (500 MB) and rest space goes to root finally click Donefedora-m2fedora-m3
      3. click Accept Changesfedora-24
    4. All done click Begin Installation

  7. Package Installation and Setupfedora-7

  8. Setup root Passwordfedora-8

  9. Create User Account

    1. click “Make this user administrator”fedora-9
  10. All went well click Quitfedora-12

  11. Finishing Fedora 24 Alpha

    1. Fedora 24 Boot Menu (Grub 2)fedora-21

    2. Booting Fedora 24fedora-11

    3. Fedora 24 Alpha GDM Login windowfedora-19

    4. Fedora 24 Alpha Gnome Welcome Screenfedora-13

    5. Select Input Sourcesfedora-14

    6. Privacy Settingsfedora-15

    7. add Cloud Accountfedora-16

    8. Start using Gnomefedora-17

  12. Fedora 24 Alpha Desktop Screenshotsfedora-18



Wacky yet interesting Linux distributions



1) Red Star OS
Red Star OS is being developed as the officially approved operating system of North Korea, seemingly on the request of Kim Jong-Il, who is the country’s leader. Based on the familiar KDE 3.x, it has added touches such as the Woodpecker antivirus software and the Pyongyang Fortress firewall.

2) MuLinux
This is a small distro, perhaps in the same vein as Puppy or Damn Small Linux. MuLinux needs 20MB hard disk space and 4MB RAM, and will be powered by an Intel 80386 processor or advanced version. Mu might lag behind in terms of productivity if you compare it with modern machines, but if you own a 25-year-old machine that you want to save from the waste, it’s certainly the distro you should try.

3) Ubuntu Satanic Edition
Ubuntu sequels are ten-a-penny, but it seems the creators of Ubuntu SE have gone overboard to please The Dark One. The dark theme and assortment of background images is the most apparent change, but sound effects and startup jingle have also been altered.

4) GoboLinux
This one is meant for techies and what distinguishes GoboLinux from the rest is its filesystem layout. Majority of Linux distros use an ancient non-arrangement wherein an application’s files are speckled around your hard drive in multiple folders. GoboLinux implements an OS X-like approach and stores all files linked with an application in a single folder in /Programs.

5) GNewSense
Those, who like software freedom, would like GNewSense. The distro is based on Ubuntu, but has removed all non-free software, such as those devious non-free driver files that are loaded into the Linux kernel. Unluckily, majority of these blobs are actually drivers for wireless networking cards, so it’s perhaps not the best distro for laptops. If you look at the plus side, distro has removed or renamed software that doesn’t fall in the Free Software Foundation’s definition of freedom.

6) Sabily/Ubuntu Christian Edition
Previously termed as Ubuntu Islamic Remix, Sabily is actually Ubuntu with extra Islam. It has adopted an Islamic theme with so much green, even the Applications menu has been extended to embrace a selection of Quran study/prayer-time software, Ubuntu Christian Edition has religious study tools and enhanced web filtering.

7) Yellow Dog
First released in the late 90s for Apple PCs, it was based on the PowerPC chip architecture. Yellow Dog was liked by people who wanted a way to think differently. Then, Apple deserted PowerPC in support of Intel chips, which are still being used. Yellow Dog re-invented itself after a change of ownership as an OS to deliver high-performance multicore computing experience.

8) Mikebuntu
This distro is packed on the free DVD with additional PDFs and software, along with extra desktop environments and plenty of options.

9) Gentoo
Gentoo – or Linux For Masochistsis is probably the distro that will not be liked by sluggish majority for the simple fact that you have to hoard it yourself. Not just apps, rather the whole thing, including the kernel of your recent distro is taken for granted by majority of peple. So, go and grab a cup of coffee before you try to install it.

10) Scientific Linux
Windows has continued to dominate the desktop as Linux doesn’t seem up to the job technically. But, the fact can be easily contested by the cleverest people on the Earth- the scientists who are looking for clues about the beginning of the universe. They use Scientific Linux at the CERN laboratories, which is based on Red Hat. Virtually, anyone can download and install this distro on their machine.

List of Linux distributions – 1



Debian GNU/Linux is a distribution that emphasizes free software. It supports many hardware platforms. Debian and distributions based on it use the .deb package formatand the dpkg package manager and its frontends.

Distribution Description
64 Studio Attempts to specialize in audio and video production on x86-64 workstations.
aptosid Multilingual desktop-oriented Live CD based on Debian unstable. Formerly sidux.
Bharat Operating System Solutions This software is also known by the acronym BOSS GNU/Linux or simply BOSS Linux.
Canaima A Venezuelan distribution.
Caixa Mágica A Portuguese distribution.
Corel Linux Commercial. Short-lived desktop distribution, bought by Xandros Linux.
CrunchBang Linux A small Distro and Live CD based on Debian Stable, featuring the Openbox window manager and tint2 panel with GTK+ applications.
Dreamlinux A Brazilian Linux distribution (not active anymore).
Elive A Live CD and Distribution featuring Enlightenment as the only window manager. Aims to be intuitive and easy to use.
Emdebian Grip A small-footprint Linux distribution based on and compatible with Debian, intended for use on resource-limited embedded systems.
Finnix A small system administration Live CD that is available for multiple architectures.
gNewSense gNewSense is a computer operating system, originally based on Ubuntu and later upon Debian, and developed with sponsorship from the Free Software Foundation. Its goal is user-friendliness, but with all proprietary (e.g. binary blobs) and non-free software removed.
grml Live CD for system recovery.
HandyLinux A Debian derivative, designed for seniors equipped with old computers which have become too slow for Windows.
Instant WebKiosk Live, browser only operating system for use in web kiosks and for digital signage.
Kali Linux Made to be a completely customizable OS, used for penetration testing.
Kanotix An installable live DVD/CD for desktop usage using KDE and LXDE, focusing on convenient scripts and GUI for ease of use.
Knoppix The first Live CD (later DVD) version of Debian GNU/Linux.
Kurumin Earlier, it was a version of the Knoppix distribution, modified with Debian and designed for Brazilian users.
LEAF Project The Linux Embedded Appliance Framework. A tiny primarily floppy-based distribution for routers, firewalls and other appliances.
LiMux An ISO 9241 industry workplace certified Linux distribution, deployed at the City of Munich, Germany.
LinuxBBQ LinuxBBQ is a plethora of releases for various targets and goals based on Debian Sid.
Linux Mint Debian Edition Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a rolling distribution based on Debian Testing. It is available in both 32 and 64-bit as a live DVD with a Cinnamon or MATE desktop. The purpose of LMDE is to look identical to the main Linux Mint edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base.
Maemo A development platform for hand held devices such as the Nokia N800, N810, and Nokia N900 Internet Tablets and other Linux kernel–based devices.
MEPIS Focuses on ease of use. Also includes a lightweight variant called antiX. antiX is meant to be used on older computers with limited hardware.
MintPPC For PowerPC computers. Although MintPPC uses some Mint LXDE code, it is not Linux Mint.
Musix GNU+Linux A Debian based distribution, intended for music production, graphic design, audio, video editing, and other tasks. It is built with only free software.
NepaLinux A Debian and Morphix based distribution focused for desktop usage in Nepali language computing.
OpenZaurus Debian packages and ROM image for the Sharp Zaurus PDA. Replaced by Ångström distribution.
Pardus Developed by Turkish National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology. Prior to 2013 it used PISI as the package manager, with COMAR as the configuration framework. Starting with Pardus 2013, it is Debian-based.
Parsix Optimized for personal computers and laptops. Built on top of Debian testing branch and comes with security support.
PureOS Based on Debian Testing.
Rxart Desktop-oriented distribution. Focused on providing proprietary software.
Sacix A Debian Pure Blend originally created to support the educational and free software diffusion goals of the Telecentres project of the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
Siduction Derived from aptosid, siduction is a distro based on debian sid with a friendly community.
Skolelinux A distribution from Norway. It is provided as a thin client distribution for schools.
SolusOS Based on the Stable branch of Debian with updated software applications from Debian backports. Improved media support. Features the Gnome desktop with usability patches and customized applications.
SolydXK Xfce and KDE desktop with a semi-rolling release model.
SteamOS Debian-based and gaming-focused distribution developed by Valve Corporation and designed around the Steam digital distribution platform.
Sunwah Linux A Chinese distribution
Symphony OS Includes the Mezzo desktop environment. Previous versions were based on Knoppix.
SalineOS Lean, stable and easy-to-use distribution with XFCE as graphical interface.
TAILS The Amnesic Incognito Live System’ or Tails is aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity, with all outgoing connections forced to go through Tor.
Ubuntu A distribution sponsored by Canonical Ltd. and receiving major funding from South African Mark Shuttleworth. Aims to offer a complete and polished desktop on a single DVD.
Ulteo Virtual desktop project.
Univention Corporate Server Enterprise distribution with integrated IT infrastructure and identity management system by the company Univention GmbH, Germany. A full version for up to 5 users for tests and for private use can be downloaded.
Webconverger Debian Live based browser only distribution, similar to Google Chrome OS. However based on Firefox & dwm, with no user sign-in, no special hardware required and designed for public places.
Vyatta Commercial open source network operating system includes routing, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention and more. Designed to be an open source Cisco replacement.


Knoppix, itself, is based on Debian.

Distribution Description
Damn Small Linux It is a small distro designed to run on older hardware. It is commonly used on virtual machines due to low memory requirements.
Feather Linux It boots from either a CD or a USB flash drive. Uses Knoppix-based hardware detection and the Fluxbox window manager.
Hikarunix A distribution solely for studying and playing the game of Go. Based on Damn Small Linux.
Kaella The French translation of Knoppix.


Ubuntu is a distribution based on Debian, designed to have regular releases, a consistent user experience and commercial support on both desktop and server.

Official distributions

These Ubuntu variants simply install a set of packages different from the original Ubuntu, but since they draw additional packages and updates from the same repositories as Ubuntu, all of the same software is available for each of them.

Distribution Description
Edubuntu A complete Linux kernel–based operating system targeted for primary and secondary education. It is freely available with community based support. The Edubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Edubuntu Manifesto: that software, especially for education, should be available free of charge and that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities.
Kubuntu An official derivative of Ubuntu using KDE instead of the GNOME or Unity interfaces used by default in Ubuntu.
Lubuntu Lubuntu is a project that is an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system that is “lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient”, using the LXDE desktop environment.
Mythbuntu Based on Ubuntu and MythTV, providing applications for recording TV and acting as a media center.
Ubuntu for Android Designed for use with Android phones.
Ubuntu GNOME An official Ubuntu variant[59] that uses Gnome Shell as its default desktop and GDM as its display manager.
UbuntuKylin An official derivative aimed at the Chinese market.
Ubuntu Server An official derivative made for use in servers. Ubuntu Server handles mail, controls printers, acts as a fileserver, can host LAMP and more.
Ubuntu Studio Based on Ubuntu, providing open-source applications for multimedia creation aimed at the audio, video and graphic editors.
Ubuntu Touch Designed for use with touchscreen devices.
Ubuntu TV Designed for use with TVs.
Xubuntu An official derivative of Ubuntu using Xfce. Xubuntu is intended for use on less-powerful computers or those who seek a highly efficient desktop environment on faster systems, and uses mostly GTK+ applications.

Old official distributions

Distribution Description
Ubuntu JeOS “Just Enough OS” – was described as “an efficient variant […] configured specifically for virtual appliances”. Since the release of Ubuntu 8.10 it has been included as an option as part of the standard Ubuntu Server Edition.
Ubuntu Mobile An embedded operating system designed for use on mobile devices. The operating system will use Hildon from maemo as its graphical frontend. Ubuntu Touch is a successor to Ubuntu Mobile.
Ubuntu Netbook Edition Netbook Edition was an official derivative of Ubuntu designed for netbooks using the Intel Atom processor. Starting from Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu Netbook Edition has been merged into the desktop edition.

Third-party distributions

Unofficial variants and derivatives are not controlled or guided by Canonical Ltd. and generally have different goals in mind.

Distribution Description
Aurora Specifically for the Eee PC range of netbooks, based on Debian. Previously named Eeebuntu and based on Ubuntu.
Baltix Ubuntu-based distribution for Lithuanian and Latvian people. Supported languages are Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Russian, English, Norwegian and other around Baltic region. Main language is Lithuanian.
BackBox BackBox is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It has been developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. Designed to be fast, easy to use and provide a minimal yet complete desktop environment, thanks to its own software repositories, always being updated to the latest stable version of the most used and best known ethical hacking tools.
BackTrack Developed by Offensive Security and designed for penetration testing.
BlankOn Ubuntu-based distribution for users in Indonesia.
Buildix An Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, developed by Global IT professional services firm, ThoughtWorks. For agile developers.
Bodhi Linux An Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring the Enlightenment window manager and targeting users who want minimum of preinstalled software or low system requirements.
Cubuntu Ubuntu-based distribution with the Cinnamon interface.
Linux Deepin a Linux distribution based on the Ubuntu Linux Distribution. The Chinese version is tailored for Chinese language users and includes preconfigured Chinese applications such as simplified Chinese input methods, Chinese dictionaries, and Chinese TrueType fonts. From Version 11.12, Linux Deepin provides different ISO images for Chinese and English.
dyne:bolic Live CD geared toward multimedia (audio and video) production, but comes with other non-media specific application (e.g.: word processor, desktop publisher).
EasyPeasy Fork of Ubuntu designed for netbooks.
Element OS Based on Xubuntu, made for Home theater PCs.
Elementary OS A powerful, user-friendly distribution known for its well received user interface, proprietary software, and devoted community of developers and artists.
Emmabuntüs Based on Xubuntu designed to facilitate the repacking of computers donated to Emmaüs Communities.
GendBuntu A version adapted for use by France’s National Gendarmerie.
Gobuntu Gobuntu was an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system, aiming to provide a distribution consisting entirely of free software. It was officially announced by Mark Shuttleworth on July 10, 2007, and daily builds of Gobuntu 7.10 began to be publicly released. The project ended around the release of 8.04 and has since merged into mainline Ubuntu as a ‘free software’ option.
Goobuntu An Ubuntu-based distribution used internally by Google. Not available outside of Google.
gOS Uses the GNOME desktop environment with user interface enhancements to make it work more like Mac OS X, it also features Google Apps, Picasa, Google Gadgets and other web-based applications, and comes with Wine 1.0 pre-installed.
Guadalinex Ubuntu-based distribution promoted by the local government of Andalucia, Spain, for home users and schools.
Iskolinux A Linux distribution packaged and maintained by UP Manila’s (UPM) Information Management System as part of University of the Philippines’ thrust to migrate to Linux.
Joli OS Joli OS (formerly named Jolicloud) is in development and Pre-beta testing. Joli OS is built upon Debian and Ubuntu 9.10, but is tweaked to be more suitable for computers that have weaker specifications in terms of disk storage, memory and screen size. It is designed to run on relatively low-powered netbook computers.
HP Mi Based on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, designed by Canonical and HP for use on the HP Mini 1000 and 110 series netbooks.
Impi Linux South African and focuses on the enterprise and government sector.
Karoshi A formerly PCLinuxOS-based distribution designed for use in schools.
Kuki Linux Lightweight Ubuntu-based Linux distribution founded by João Ferro, built to be a replacement for the Linpus Linux Lite distribution on the Acer Aspire One.
LiMux A project by the city council of Munich, Germany.
Linux Mint Linux Mint synchronizes its release-cycle with Ubuntu’s, and is tailored to user-friendliness for desktop users. Also features a Debian-based edition.
LinuxMCE Linux Media Center Edition, a Kubuntu based distribution that provides in-depth HTPC functionality as well as home automation.[88]
LinuxTLE A Thai Linux distribution.
LliureX A distribution by the Generalitat Valenciana
LOUD LCSEE Optimized Ubuntu Distribution, an Ubuntu distribution used at West Virginia University. It contains several specialized educational packages as well as its own themes and login manager.
MAX Stands for MAdrid LinuX.
Molinux Ubuntu based initiative to introduce the Castile-La Mancha community in Spain to the information society.
Moon OS Moon OS uses the Enlightenment window manager and also has an LXDE version, and is based on the LTS release.
Nova Cuban state-sponsored distribution developed at the University of Information Science, Havana. Formerly based on Gentoo.
Netrunner Kubuntu based distribution with complete software and codecs installed, developed by Blue Systems (also sponsoring Kubuntu and LinuxMintKDE).
OpenGEU Ubuntu based distribution with Enlightenment window manager, previously known as Geubuntu.
Peppermint OS A light-weight LXDE distribution for cloud applications through its own Ice Framework using Chromium Web Browser. Based on Lubuntu
Pinguy OS An Ubuntu-based distro for people that have never used Linux before or for people that want an out-of-the-box working OS without having to tweak a fresh installation of Ubuntu or other Ubuntu-based distro.
Poseidon Linux For academic and scientific use. Based on Ubuntu, but enhanced by e.g. GIS/maps, numerical modelling, 2D/3D/4D visualization, statistics, tools for creating simple and complex graphics, programming languages.
PUD Small distribution, aimed at being simple and usable.
Qimo 4 Kids Educational games for children aged three and up. Ubuntu-based with easy-to-use interface.
Sabily Ubuntu based distribution for Muslims (formerly Ubuntu Muslim Edition).
Super OS Aiming to provide an ‘out of the box’ experience, containing various enhancements over Ubuntu.
Trisquel GNU/Linux Fully free software system without proprietary software or firmware and uses the Linux-libre kernel, based on Ubuntu LTS Releases.
TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library Open source project developing a family of free, Ubuntu-based appliances optimized for ease of use in server-type usage scenarios.
UberStudent For higher education and advanced secondary students, those who teach them, and lifelong learners.
Vinux A Linux distribution designed for visually impaired users.
ZevenOS Similar to BeOS, with some extra tools.