10 Things To Do After Installing Fedora 24


Truthfully speaking, this list varies for a lot of different people because it depends on what they use their Fedora system for. As regular desktop users, there are a couple of things (almost) everyone needs. We will try to cover those basic necessities here.

You should know that the instructions below require a working internet connection to follow.

Upgrade Your System

Even though it is a fresh install, you should upgrade your system before you do anything else. Do so by opening a terminal and using the commands below:

sudo dnf update

It will take a while to upgrade your system and it depends largely on your internet speed.

upgrade Fedora system

Enable RPM Fusion Repositories

Having upgraded your system, the next thing to do is install software in it. Fedora’s default repository has loads of software that are available for installation but there are a lot more software that are not included in it.

These software are available in separate RPM Fusion repositories.

There are two RMP Fusion repositories, free for open source projects and nonfree for proprietary software. We advise you to add both RPM Fusion repositories in order to have an overall experience.

Try these commands in the terminal to enable RPM Fusion repositories:

sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-24.noarch.rpm
sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-24.noarch.rpm

Install Essential Programs With Fedy In A Single Click

Fedy is a graphical tool with which you can install numerous programs not provided by Fedora in a single click. This is similar to the Ubuntu After Install tool. Here, you are provided with a list of available programs in Fedy and all you have to do is choose the ones you want to install by clicking on the Install button.

Fedy Fedora

Fedy also informs about the license of the software. So, you can see if its GPL, MIT or proprietary and make a decision about installing the software (if you care deeply about running only open source programs).

Fedy also provides some themes and tweaks and some of the essential applications that you should install with it are:

  • Google Chrome
  • Multimedia Codecs
  • Oracle JRE
  • Skype
  • Spotify
  • Adobe Flash
  • Dropbox

Install Fedy with the command below:

su -c "curl http://folkswithhats.org/fedy-installer -o fedy-installer && chmod +x fedy-installer && ./fedy-installer"

Improve Battery Life And Reduce Overheating

Of late, TLP has been our favourite tool to improve battery life and reduce overheating and you can install it once and experience its impact almost immediately. There is no need to bother yourself with configuration settings, everything is automatic.

To install TLP in Fedora 24, use the following command:

sudo dnf install tlp

Save Your Eyes At Night With Redshift

Redshift in Linux

Many have discussed the impact that ‘blue light’ makes on our sleeping habit. The fact that computer screens are not our eyes’ best friend is no secret, especially in non-natural lights at nights.

It is because of this that there are applications to help reduce blue light and provide a more eyes-friendly orange or red screen. Redshift is one such application that we recommend you install if you use your computer at night. Enter the command below to install Redshift

sudo dnf install redshift

No configuration is needed. It automatically detects your location and after the sunset, it turns your screen red-ish.

Install A Office Suite

It is very surprising how Fedora doesn’t come pre-installed with an office suite. It’s one of the reasons other Linux distros based on Fedora are getting popular these days – their better experience out of the box.

If you are looking for an office suite, we recommend LibreOffice. Install LibreOffice in Fedora using the command below:

sudo dnf install libreoffice

Enable Tap To Click And Disable Screen Lock

Why the tap to click is disabled by default in Fedora is a mystery to us, but it is not really friendly to use the left click on the touchpad. A click should do the work.

System Settings in Fedora 24

Go to Settings->Mouse & Touchpad and enable tap to click option here:

enable tap to click

To disable or change screen-lock, go to Settings->Privacy and change the settings here:

disable screen lock fedora 24

Install Gnome Tweak Tool To Tweak Your System (For Fedora Gnome)

The best tool for the purpose of tweaking your system’s looks and appearance is the Gnome Tweak Tool because it will let you change a range of settings in GNOME.

Install Gnome Tweak Tool with the command below:

sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool

Change Themes and Icons

No matter how good your default system looks, it can always be madeto look better and you can use Gnome Tweak Tool to change the icons and themes easily.

Install A Few More Applications

If you are a regular desktop user, you will need some more apps to work in your day-to-day life. Some users cannot live without fan-favorite VLC media player for watching videos. There is GIMP, Inkscape, Shutter and Transmission torrent client among other such applications. Install them by entering the command below:

sudo dnf install vlc shutter inkscape transmission

You can search for more useful applications in the GNOME Software application.

This was our own recommendation, tell us what you are going to do, or what you already did after installing Fedora 24 in the comments section below.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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