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Fedora Design Suite


The Design Suite is a Spin targeted towards professional designers, specifically the Fedora Design Team.

Previous Releases

Owner(s), Maintainer(s) and Co-Maintainer(s)

Detailed Description

Have you ever wanted to use the tools the Fedora Design Team is using? Or are you probably even looking forward to getting involved in Fedora as a designer? This is your chance.

The Fedora Design Suite is a tool that includes well-selected applications fitting a variety of use cases whether you decide to work on publishing documents, creating images, pictures, website, basic animation or even 3D content.

What's new?

  • Based on Gnome 3.8 desktop.
  • Removal from thelist of packages no longer available in Fedora repository: agave and jockosher.
  • darktable, font-manager replace rawtherapee and fontmatrix as default package respectely.
  • Inclusion of audacity, bluefish, cmyktool, entangle, colord-extra-profile (obsoleting shared-color-profiles-extra starting from Fedora 19),filezilla and pdfshuttler.
  • More fonts (or typefaces) included those used by Fedora Design team are added: Adobe Source Sans Pro, Comfortaa, Lato and Overpass.
  • Due to the addition of several packages, Design Suite can no longer fit in a CD. For this reason, the spin now requires a minimum of 2GB USB drive or a DVD.

Default packages

Here is the list of selected packages for the suite. Note that is still possible to install the variant through Software manager.

Graphic group

Packages Website Summary
blender 3D modeling, animation, rendering and post-production
cinepaint Tool for manipulating HDR images
cmyktool Utility to manage color profiles and convert from RGB to CMYK
colord-extra-profiles More color profiles for color management that are less commonly used
darktable Utility to organize and develop raw images
dia Diagram drawing program
entangle Tethered shooting & control of digital cameras
fontforge *the* editor for font files
font-manager Font management application
gimp Image manipulation program
gimp-fourier-plugin A simple plug-in to do fourier transform on your image
gimp-lqr-plugin Content-aware resizing plug-in for the GIMP
gimp-resynthesizer Gimp plug-in for texture synthesis
GREYCstoration-gimp GREYCstoration image denoising and interpolation plugin for gimp
Hugin Panorama photo stitcher
ImageMagick *the* tool for batch-processing images
inkscape Vector-based drawing program using SVG
mypaint Fast and easy graphic application for digital painters
nautilus-image-converter Nautilus extension for image conversion
optipng PNG optimizer and converter
pdfshuffler http:// initial selection
scribus Desktop publishing application
shotwell Photo organizer
synfigstudio Vector-based 2D animation studio
xournal Notetaking, sketching, PDF annotation and general journal

Office group

Packages Website Summary
LibreOffice Suite Bundle Writer, Calc, Impress
gnote Note-taking application

Internet group

Packages Website Summary
empathy packaged initial selection
evolution packaged initial selection
firefox Browser

Audio and Video group

Packages Website Summary
audacity packaged Multitrack audio editor
pitivi packaged Non-linear video editor
rhythmbox packaged initial selection
totem packaged initial selection

Typeface (aka fonts) group

Packages Website Summary
aajohan-comfortaa-fonts Modern style true type
adobe-source-sans-pro A set of OpenType fonts designed for user interfaces
lato-fonts Sans-serif typeface family
openpass-fonts Typeface based on the U.S. interstate highway road signal type system

Benefit to Fedora

This spin is insofar beneficial for Fedora itself, as it helps the Design Team by fitting its needs through selecting often used applications and including them on one spin. Additionally, it helps new users interested in design matters to join Fedora, since they'll be able to download the spin and start directly using the applications - without being required to look into the load of available packages. In a way, it fosters the design community inside Fedora.

Kickstart File

Latest ks file inside git repository

Nightly Builds

Nightly builds of the latest .ks file can be found at nightly compose website in either 32-bits (known as i686 architecture) or 64-bits (as x86_64).

Sometimes nightly builds fail due internal change. We are working on them! :)

ISO Name / FS Label

  • fedora-19-Live-design-suite


The current list of packages for inclusion is available. Whereas there's also one for package we consider, none of them should block the release of the spin.

We are also working on an equivalent comps group, which is a non-blocking component, though.

Aside from this, no other dependencies are required.

Scope / Testing

Generally, the spin should boot and popular applications like Gimp and Inkscape should work. The nightly builds will make testing quite easier. So far, no extraordinary changes have been included.

Spins Page

Design Suite website is located at


  • Open Creativity.

mythcat proposal : "Imagination is more important than knowledge..." by Albert Einstein

Spin description

Looking for a ready-to-go desktop environment brimming with free and open source multimedia production and publishing tools? Try the Design Suite, a Fedora Spin created by designers, for designers.

The Design Suite includes the favorite tools of the Fedora Design Team. These are the same programs we use to create all the artwork that you see within the Fedora Project, from desktop backgrounds to CD sleeves, web page designs, application interfaces, flyers, posters and more. From document publication to vector and bitmap editing or 3D modeling to photo management, the Design Suite has an application for you — and you can install thousands more from Fedora's universe of packages.


The Design Suite features a host of free and open source tools chosen by the Fedora Design Team as their favorites for day-to-day work. It includes:

  • blender for 3D modeling, animation, rendering and post-production
  • bluefish for website design
  • The GIMP, a raster graphics editor
  • MyPaint a digital painting editor
  • Inkscape, a vector graphics editor
  • shotwell for managing photographs
  • scribus for professional-quality document layout
  • xournal, a sketching and document annotation program for tablet PCs
  • dia for creating flowcharts and diagrams
  • and more!


  • Will be done later in the release cycle

Download tab

Support tab

  • IRC channel: #fedora-design on Freenode
  • mailing list:

Custom branding

  • To be discussed with the design team

Comments and Discussion