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Downloading Fedora
Fedora Editions
Fedora provides three primary Editions tailored for some specific use cases. link:++[] offers Fedora Cloud for scalable infrastructure, Fedora Server for organizational infrastructure, and Fedora Workstation for the developer and desktop user.
For alternative desktop environments or media built for more niche purposes, check out link:++[Fedora Spins].
Each of these downloads provides a different set of default packages, but you can add to your system after the initial installation to customize it for your needs. The installation process is the same for all spins and Editions, so you can use this guide for any choice you make.
Which Architecture Is My Computer?
Most modern systems are 64{nbsp}bit x86 architecture. If your computer was manufactured after 2007, or you aren't sure, you probably have a `x86_64` system.
Changing a Fedora installation from one architecture to another is not supported. Use the following table to determine the architecture of your computer according to the type of processor. Consult your manufacturer's documentation for details on your processor, or resources such as link:++[] or link:++[], if necessary.
Processor and architecture types
Media Types
Several media types are available. Choose the one that best suits your requirements.
Live Image
Live images allow you to preview Fedora before installing it. Instead of booting directly into the installer, a live image loads the same environment you'll get after installation. Fedora Workstation and Fedora Spins are live images.
Use a live image to install your favorite system, test Fedora on new hardware, troubleshoot, or share with friends.
DVD Image
DVD images boot directly into the installation environment, and allow you to choose from a variety of packages that are provided with it. In Fedora 21, the DVD option is only available in the *Fedora Server* Edition.
Use the Fedora Server DVD image when you want customized Fedora Server installations using an offline installation source.
netinstall Image
The netinstall image boots directly into the installation environment, and uses the online Fedora package repositories as the installation source. With a netinstall image, you can install any Fedora Edition or select a wide variety of packages to create a customized installation of Fedora.
Compared to Fedora Workstation DVD image with Fedora Workstation installation: the netinstall images do not hide the GRUB2 menu.