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Why do I have multiple fedora workstations installed

asked 2018-04-12 13:51:38 -0600

mucket gravatar image

Hi there,

I've just installed fedora 26 with the media writer, updated, upgraded and updated again. So far so good. However when I restarted I noticed when booting I have the choice between 4 workstations:

Fedora (...) 27 (Workstation) Fedora (...) 26 (Workstation) Fedora (...) 26 (Workstation) Fedora (...) 26 (Workstation)

At this point you might have probably guessed right that I have little to no knowledge regarding fedora or linux in general. So my question is what have I done here and how do I get rid of all these workstations. Actually it would probably suffice if you could give me the name to my problem ... so that I can google the solution myself. Thanks a lot for your help!

Oh and if this was not confusing enough, which ever workstation I choose I end up on the same user account on fedora 27.

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answered 2018-04-12 14:59:17 -0600

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Welcome to ask.fedora and to Linux! You don't have several versions of Fedora installed, you just have four different kernels installed and the boot menu lets you pick which one to use. The reason for this is that sometimes after a kernel update, the newest kernel doesn't work right and this gives you a chance to boot into an earlier kernel and sort things out. (Or, you can just use that older kernel if you want, but most people prefer to get things fixed.) I'm not sure, however, why you have four, because the default is to keep the most recent three and remove the oldest one when a new one is installed. Judging by what you've written, everything else seems to be running OK, so it's nothing to worry about. If you keep getting more and more kernel entries, come back and ask how to tidy things up, and set the default properly, as eventually you can run out of space for more. In any event, it's not something that's likely to cause trouble in the short run.

Good question, however, and feel free to come back whenever you need help or don't understand what's going on. The only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask.

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