[How To]: Installing Fedora 21


Hola Amigos,

Wishing all my Indian Readers a very Happy Republic Day :) \m/

Just got my hand on Fedora 21 Live Workstation iso. A delight for fedora users and a great new year gift ;)

Fedora 21 comes in 3 different editions.
1. Workstation: For desktop and Laptop users.
2. Server: For enterprises having datacenter/servers.
3. Cloud: Minimal image of Fedora to be deployed on cloud environments (Virtualization).

What is a Live Disc?
Live image lets you try out the Linux distribution on your system without actually installing it on the machine. This helps us to check out if the Linux distro work smoothly or not (Graphics, WiFi and other Hardware compatibility) and try out the features before installing.

Here I am going to show how to install F21. You can also follow my old post on Installing Ubuntu 12.04 using the manual partition method.

A) Setting up Installation Disc:

1. Download the iso from here.

2. Burn the iso file on a DVD/CD. If you want to burn the image on USB drive then follow the steps given below according to the OS you are currently using.

Windows

Mac OS X

Ubuntu

Note: Backup the USB drive before continuing with step II, as all the data will be formatted and the image file will be burnt on the USB drive. And later do not make changes in the file directory of the USB drive, for it to function properly and the Installation to be error-free.

3. Reboot the system.

4. When you see the startup screen goto the BIOS setup by pressing ‘DEL’ button or ‘ESC’ button, according to the key option displayed on the screen. Usually it is the ‘DEL’ button.

Many users prefer tapping ‘DEL’ button continuously.

BIOS setup main menu.

5. Navigate to the BOOT Menu.

BIOS setup Boot menu.

BIOS setup Boot menu.

6. Select Boot Device Priority/Similar for different BIOS versions.

7. a)Set the 1st Boot Device to CD/DVD ROM if the image file is burnt on disc.

OR

b)Set the 1st Boot Device to the name of USB drive (PENDRIVE, by default as set by the image file burning toolkit).
BIOS BOOT menu select drive.

BIOS BOOT menu select drive.

8 (i). After making sure everything is configured properly, Press ‘F10′ to save changes and exit. And the machine will automatically reboot.

OR

8 (ii). Navigate to Exit menu, and select Exit And Save Changes/Similar. Machine will reboot.

BIOS menu, save changes and exit

BIOS menu, save changes and exit

The machine will reboot automatically and the device selected as 1st Boot Device will be booted and the installation of Fedora 21 will be loaded.(image file been burnt on the Drive/Disc)

Do not remove the Disc/USB Drive while the machine reboots

B) Fedora Installation:

Loading F21

Loading F21

You can either try Fedora 21 without installing (Best thing about Live CD) or you can Install it along with other OS or as a single OS.

Install F21 to Hard Drive

Install F21 to Hard Drive

1. Select your language and click on Continue.

Welcome to Fedora

Welcome to Fedora

 

2. Now Select your timezone either by clicking on your country/region or you can select it from the dropdown at the top left corner (Region – City). After configuring this click on Done.

Select Time Zone

Select Time Zone

 

3. We need to configure the Install Destination. We need to select on which disk we want to install fedora. Here you can see only one as I am using VirtualBox. You can also refer to the link here if you want to manually partition the disk.

Installation Destination

Installation Destination

Reclaim Disk Space if you have data stored on your partition.

Reclaim Disk Space

Reclaim Disk Space

Note:  Backup your data before formatting a partition.

4. In Installation Summary, you can see something like the image below. If you see any icon with exclamation mark on it, you need to complete that step before continuing (Refer Step 2 and 3).

Installation Summary

Installation Summary

 

5. Now we need to Configure the root (admin) password and create a user.

Configuration

Configuration

 

6. Enter user Details like Your Name, username and password. Then Click on Done.

Create User

Create User

 

7. After the installation is done click on Quit.

Installation Complete

Installation Complete

 

8. Reboot your system now and enjoy Fedora 21 :)

C) Using Fedora 21 for the first time:

1. On startup, you will see Grub Menu like the image below.

Grub Menu

Grub Menu

Select the appropriate Kernel version (One can install more than one kernel on their machine).

2. Now you can see the Login Screen. Select the user and enter the password to start using Fedora 21.

Login Screen

Login Screen

F21 will welcome you on your first run.

Welcome to F21

Welcome to F21

Select the keyboard layout and done. Your Fedora is ready to roll.

Select Keyboard Layout

Select Keyboard Layout

Let the Windows be open, and feel the Freedom.

How to add SSL Certificate in Mac OS X


Hola Amigos,

I recently registered for WiFi services at my university. As you know, universities have restrictions in internet usage and block social networking websites during college hours. As they are the local ISP (Internet Service Providers) they have their own portal to login whenever we connect to the WiFi. We need to register the MAC Address in their database with our login account then only can we access internet services.

They also have their own SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate, so we need to add this certificate in our computer, else whenever we try to access any website for the first time; the browser will not be able to recognize the certificate used to sign the connection by the web server (i.e server at the university) and we will get an error saying “Error while connecting: Connection not Secure” or something similar and we need to add the certificate to the list of accepted certificate list.

Steps to add Certificate:

1: Download the SSL certificate from the university website (or contact the network administrator).

2: Now open the downloaded file (eg. Fortinet_CA_SSLProxy.cer)

3: Add the certificate to Keychain

 

Add Certificate to Keychain

Add Certificate to Keychain

4: Enter your password when you see the following prompt and Click on Update Settings

Update Settings Prompt

Update Settings Prompt

Happy surfing \m/

Let the Windows be open, and feel the Freedom.

First Day of 2015


Hola Amigos,

First Day started with first flight of 2015, actually two flight trips. Had to go from Trivandrum to Bangalore in one flight and then take another to Mumbai from there. It was an awesome journey.

Left from the hostel in the morning, as I reached the station I got a train to Trivandrum. Reached Trivandrum station in about 2 hours, had food over there at the station canteen. Then I took a prepaid auto to the airport. Flight was scheduled and on time. The journey from Trivandrum to Bangalore was of one hour as mentioned in the ticket, but IngiGo has a reputation of on time take-off and reaching earlier than the scheduled arrival time. As I got into the flight the pilot mentioned that we will cover a distance of about 140KM in about 50 minutes and I was happy I would get more time to see Bangalore airport as I already had to wait for 3 hours for my other flight from Bangalore.

As the flight landed in Bangalore, I saw it was GVK Bangalore International Airport :). Very big and lot of shops to roam around.I took my luggage and exited the airport, had a subway and entered through the other side. Very thorough checking over there. Tried to get a seat in the earlier flight but I would have to pay extra for the change so I thought why to spend extra just for a matter of few hours.

I checked-in my luggage and moved to the security check and then went to the departure zone. The infrastructure was amazing, lot of shops, eateries and crossword.

You might be wondering where are the pics. Well taking pics for each and everything is very common and so old-fashioned now, somethings are better left to our imagination (at-least then our brain would be working on creating the vision).

There was free Wi-Fi at the airport available for 45 minutes. I saw a guy who was trying to connect to WiFi and I went up to him and asked about the procedure. Later on he turned out to be DJ B.R.E.E.D (DJ Nasha).

Jackson with DJ Nasha

Jackson with DJ Nasha

Journey to Bangalore to Mumbai was of about 840KM and it took around 01 and a half hour to reach.

Let the Windows be open, and feel the Freedom.

Jackson’s Blog 2014 in review


Hola Amigos,

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. Hope to have a great year ahead with more frequent posts coming :)

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,600 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

[WhatsApp] : WhatsApp Calling Coming Soon !!!


Hola Amigos,

There have been lot of recent updates to WhatsApp recently which I have blogged about previously.

It’s time for the most waited feature in WhatsApp. Guess ?

After going through the WhatsApp folder in sdcard I noticed ‘WhatsApp calls’ folder meaning…

It is Calling feature that WhatsApp is going to be rolled out in recent future.

WhatsApp Calls

WhatsApp Calls

Yes, WhatsApp will soon support free* calling directly from the app. Similar to Viber and other apps out in the market which are having this feature from quite some time.

It’s time that WhatsApp became the all round Communication app now. It’s time for the people who don’t have WhatsApp installed or are having unsupported devices to get a device that supports it and install WhatsApp and enjoy this awesome app.

And those thinking about the privacy, WhatsApp has also rolled out End-to-End encryption (Check out this link)

* – Not Yet Confirmed though if any charges will be applicable to calls to non WhatsApp users.

Similar articles:
1. WhatsApp Adds Read Receipts, Voice Calls on the WayTom’s Guide.
2. WhatsApp voice calls round the cornerTimes Of India.
3. Icons for WhatsApp Voice Calls discoveredphoneArena.
4. Whatsapp to launch free voice calling service by 2015india.com

Let the Windows be open, and feel the Freedom.

[WhatsApp] : Disable Read Receipts


Hola amigos,

I had previously posted about the Blue ticks in WhatsApp. Well, if you are troubled by the feature and want to disable the read receipt feature then follow these steps:

Download WhatsApp.apk from the Official WhatsApp website. (You will get the latest version that are not yet released on the Play Store)

Download WhatsApp.apk

Install this on your Android Device and then Follow the steps to enter account number and restore messages. WhatsApp will be updated if it is already installed on your device.

Now Goto Settings->Account->Privacy and deselect read receipts option.

Read Receipts on

Read Receipts On

Read Receipts Off

Enjoy and happy WhatsApping :)

P.S: Always make a backup of your chats before installing WhatsApp.

Let the Windows be open, and feel the Freedom.