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The Fedora Desktop User Guide

The Fedora Desktop User Guide is a set of documentation maintained by the Fedora Documentation Team. The User Guide is written for users who are new to the Linux environment, and provides coverage of the common desktop applications provided by Fedora. Topics include basic setup, understanding Desktop Environments, using popular office applications, networking, and basic software management. The guide includes numerous links to further information for more advanced users.


The Desktop User Guide is published in two ways; it is maintained on a live wiki, and it is converted to a more permanent format approximately every 6 months (to line up with each Fedora release). This latter format varies from release to release.

Currently Available User Guides

Current User Guide (Fedora 12, in draft)

Latest Stable Guide (Fedora 11)

What is this site?

This is the source project for the official Fedora User Guide. It includes a git repository and a database for tracking how we develop the source toolchain.

It's all part of the Fedora Project. This site, in particular, is run by the Fedora Documentation team.

If you want to look at what we've created, use the "Browse Source" link above and to the right.

The User Guide has something missing or wrong.

If you need to tell us that something is wrong in the User Guide, visit Bugzilla. File a bug against the product "Fedora Documentation," component "user-guide."

I want to help edit this content.

This guide is written and edited on the Fedora wiki ( and then converted to DocBook? XML for translation and publishing.

If you want to help update the content of the User Guide, first introduce yourself to the Docs Project. When you've done that, join our project group. Visit this page on the Fedora Project wiki to find out how to get started using git. These instructions should work for most people with access to this repository:

cd ~/projects/
git clone ssh://<username>
git clone git:// docs-common

If you don't have access to this repo, use git:// instead of ssh:// above.

I want to translate the content to my language.

Check the statistics page to get details about your language and join the Fedora Translation team if your language is not available.

I'm confused. What is this site for?

If you have questions, come visit the Docs Project on IRC. IRC is a way to communicate in real time with other Fedora Project members. You can find more information here.