(NOTE: see updates below) – Busy busy morning! Fedora has its new release 33 out ‘n humble me downloaded both the 2GB Fedora-Cinnamon-Live-x86_64-33-1.2 iso ‘n the 1.90GB Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-33-1.2 iso. Their default Workstation/Gnome forces the creation of a standard user, so I just did a temporary install of it to a 32GB SanDisK Ultra USB on the ‘Rose’ (Intel) test computer, then updated it. I’ll make a Clonezilla image of it, just in case, but won’t be using it much after this test. It doesn’t allow for a fulltime Root User so is basically useless to me since the standard user is forced to endure annoying “Authenticate” popups ‘n other ‘Pesky Passwords’. Did tweak out the Desktop with the GNOME Shell integration Firefox add-on and then added the Dash to Panel w/ ArcMenu for a Windows 10 look ‘n feel:

Great OS for password dependent Linux users, but I prefer the freedom of being fulltime Root User on my own computers. I used the Fedora Media Writer to create both the ‘Live’ Workstation and the Cinnamon Spin installation media (used 16GB SanDisk Ultra Flair USB). Actually, all installations were done to USB’s since Life wid‘ Fedora is my main Linux Distro right now, and SSD installations are mainly used for quick tests. I’ll use Clonezilla to make images of the 32GB USB’s, and can then restore those smaller images to bigger USB’s if needed or move them to the SanDisk Ultra Fit USBs or Samsung FIT Plus USBs. See my Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives page on why I use SanDisk or Samsung for Linux installations.

Installed the Cinnamon Spin to the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ (AMD) test computer. Installing to USBs is slower than to SSDs, but all my permanent Linux Distros now go on USB. ‘Apevia’ has the GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, so I needed to install the Nvidia driver, and have found that using the RPM Fusion method has avoided kernel upgrade issues, so far. The article – How to install the NVIDIA drivers on Fedora 32 worked for Fedora 33 also:

Installing the Nvidia driver on Fedora Linux using RPM Fusion is the easiest and recommended way since you do not have to deal with driver re-compiling every-time there is a new kernel update.

I had the Fedora 32 go out on the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ (AMD) test computer a month or two ago, after a kernel update, and didn’t know how to fix it until seeing that article. So far so good!

Humble me is a Desktop OS user ‘n not much of a Techy – hey, have used Windows OSes since 1992, and never needed to be ‘Techy’ when using it, so won’t spend much time on any Linux Distro that needs fixing all the time. Main reason for doing clean installs of Fedora 33 is it seems to have some big changes involved, e.g. btrfs is the new default filesystem, it will utilize zram instead of swap partition, and other newer looking stuff. However, I also did an upgrade of Fedora 32 to Fedora 33. All total, have used about 6GB+ of Bonus Data this morning, with iso’s, updating and upgrading…busy busy! The upgrade is still showing lvm2 format on the old 32 version/now 33; however, both the new Workstation ‘n Cinnamon Spin Fedora 33 installs show the new btrfs format…looks like clean install might be best for this new 33 version, IMHO. Here’s the upgrade info:

OOOPS! Forgot to add the upgrade methodDNF System Upgrade is from Fedora ‘n worked. Upgrade was a lot slower than doing both the Workstation ‘n Cinnamon Spin installs, but maybe their site was just busy from this new version being available…I dunno?! Upgrade did save all the setting ‘n files ‘n stuff tho. Also, still has the Life is Blue 2 wallpaper after the upgrade, which seems to be a difficult wallpaper to find…fact is, my Google search could only find the image of it from my blog:

It still has the panel and icons on it tho, so I edited it w/ Microsoft Office Picture Manager ‘n cropped the panel off. Why? I like that wallpaper ‘n neither the new Fedora 33 Workstation nor Cinnamon Spin installs had it. 😉 Here’s pic of new Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin info…w/ glimpse of ugly Blue Swirl wallpaper in background before I switched it:

OK…that should do it for Fedora 33 today ‘n will add this post to the ‘Life wid‘ Fedora page.


UPDATE 10/31/2020: Here are some helpful pics on how the Cinnamon Spin installer works:

Don’t touch “User Creation” >> Select “Installation Destination”:

Make sure the target device has that ‘white check in black circle‘ >> hit “Done”:

A popup >> select “Reclaim space”

Another popup >> Highlight the device if needed >> select “Delete all”

Another popup >> check all has been deleted >> select “Reclaim space” – that takes you back to the above installer main page >> select the “Root Password” (#2 selection above)

Enter the Root Password for this installation .. click “Done” which takes you back to main page

Notice all the red warnings have been cleared…I don’t mess with “User Creation” since humble me is always root on my own computers, but you can create one later if you wish. Everything looks good >> select “Begin Installation”…

UPDATE 10/30/2020: Noticed that Fedora has updated their Fedora DOCS  DNF System Upgrade page for the Fedora 33 release. When I did the upgrade test earlier it had been for Fedora 32 or earlier upgrades, which required changing some instructions from “32” to “33.” After seeing this new information, I decided to upgrade the Fedora 32 that was on the ‘Rose‘ (Intel) test computer to the new Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin release. Faster than the upgrade test the other day, but still a slow upgrading process – 25 minutes for the initial 1.8GB+ downloading ‘n cleaning ‘n removing ‘n etc. Then 19 minutes more for the “dnf system-upgrade reboot” command to trigger the upgrade process…oh, if you’re the standard Password Dependent user, then your command line would be “sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot” instead. I am fulltime Root User on all my computers, so no need for typing sudo. Here’s new info:

The upgrade still shows the old Fedora lvm2 format instead of the new btrfs format that you get with a new Fedora 33 installation. I will eventually do a clean installation of Fedora 33 on  the ‘Rose‘ (Intel) test computer, since there has been some major changes.

UPDATE 10/29/2020: Made a Clonezilla save image of the Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB installation. Then erased/formatted old Fedora 32 version from its 64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB installation, and then restored that new Clonezilla image to the Ultra Fit. That was all done on the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ (AMD) machine – my main Linux testing computer. Will never use the Fedora 33 Workstation, so didn’t bother w/ making an image.

I use a Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub for ‘permanent’ fulltime Root User Distro installations, which are usually installed on the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB or a Samsung FIT Plus USB…the Sabrent hub has switches to switch a USB on or off. The GB size depends on the OS requirements, e.g. I use a 128GB USB for CentOS Stream since it requires a lot of space (needs a 32GB USB just for ‘Live’ media). The Fit/FIT is a much smaller sized USB ‘n they easily fit next to each other w/o any crowding. I keep a Puppy 9.5, a Fedora Cinnamon Spin and a CentOS Stream on two 4-port Sabrents w/ one connected to each of the main two Linux test computers (‘Apevia’ and ‘Rose’). I also have a 2nd Sabrent 4-port hub connected to each of those computers, which are used for ‘Live’ tests ‘n installations, to transfer data, etc. because they are easy to reach.

OK…found how to add the Life is Blue 2 F32 4012×2257 wallpaper…sorta!?! 😉 Can’t find it on the internet, so tried the dnfdragora software manager (it usually suks!!!). Left Fedora 32 Cinnamon Spin on ‘Rose’ computer, but can’t just copy ‘n paste that Background image (can’t even check properties). Anyway, on ‘Rose’ that image is under System Settings >> Backgrounds >> Images >> Extras. Ran “Extras” search on dnfdragora and it came back w/ f32-backgrounds-extras w/ a bunch of choices…I added -base, -gnome, and -kde and Life is Blue 2 came in one of those. Here’s how:

The f33 stuff was already installed…I just added those three f32 choices.

Here’s that background again!

From another post, since I’m saving media space, but the real one looks great on the new Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin!