The instructions on setting up drupal on fedora is available on the web. I followed this one here:
I also referenced this one:
The problem I had was during the installation through the browser. After I selected to install in English language, the installation reported a file permission related error.
“The directory *sites/default/files* is not writable. An
automated attempt to create this directory failed, possibly due to a permissions problem. To proceed with the installation, either create the directory and modify its permissions manually or ensure that the installer has the permissions to create it automatically…”
I tried changing file (settings.php) and folder (./sites) permissions but whatever rights i changed, the issue persists. A head scratching issue. It turns out SELinux was blocking the installation. It was “Enforcing” and the simple solution was to change it “Permissive” (using setenforce). This enabled the installation to proceed.
With the installation done, i can now proceed to learning basic administration.