Getting started with Fedora

In this post I would like to tell you about the process of creation of a book cover. Some time ago Jiří Eischmann had an idea of creating a user guide for potential new Fedora users. It is intended for people who don’t use Fedora just yet, but want to learn, and essentially guides them through the installation and customization process. That’s why the book is called “Getting Started with Fedora”. For now it’s in Czech as a pilot, but if successful, it will be translated to English and possibly other languages.

So first of all I checked out some similar books and guides :


Having these in mind I also researched some iconic book designs for inspiration and started creating pencil sketches.


So here are some of them:


I showed them to Jiří and he told me we can’t use the fedora in our designs 😉 So okay, I thought about it some more and made more sketches:


These Jiří showed to guys at Flock 2015 as an example of swag during his talk. Most people preferred #4 with the big penguin, and it would be totally fine, but turns out we can’t use penguins either, as they are part of Linux identity, which is not exactly Fedora.

So I had a discussion with Mo about that and we decided to use the monitor image, but not this one I have in sketch #2, but rather create something new and consistent with these icons.

And here’s what we came up with:


And now it’s all done and printed, some of those books have already been given out at Linux Days. I have some pics here (banana for scale 😉 ), but books look even better in person.


Hopefully, it’ll get translated into other languages, too, and more people will use Fedora 🙂

PS it says on the back which I guess will have to be changed to, as the site has moved there about a week ago.

Getting started with Fedora

2 thoughts on “Getting started with Fedora

  1. The problem with books about Linux in general and Fedora in particular is that they are out of date before they are printed. With a new Fedora version every six months it is a futile endeavour to use a printed guide.


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