25 Things to Do After Fresh Fedora 24 Workstation Installation
After you have successfully installed Fedora 24 workstation, there are certain things you need to do in order to get your system ready for use. Many of the things are not new from the previous versions of Fedora but, they are worth mentioning here.
Let us now dive into some important things you need to do to make your Fedora 24 workstation a complete and better system to use, remember the list is endless so these are not all.
1. Do a Full System Update
Most of your are probably grumbling about this but, it does not matter whether you have just upgraded or installed the latest version of Fedora 24.
Doing this can help make your system up-to-date in case of any packages updated in the few hour after the release.
Issue the following command to update your system:
# dnf update
2. Configure System Hostname
Here, we shall use the hostnamectl utility which can manage different classes of hostnames, namely static, transient and pretty to set the hostname. You can look at the man page of hostnamectl to find out more about the hostname.
To check your hostname, run the command below:
Change your hostname as follows:
# hostnamectl set-hostname “tecmint-how-tos-guide”
3. Configure a Static IP Address
Using your favorite editor, open and edit
eth0 network configuration file under the directory /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ file.
# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s3
Here is how my file looks like:
Add the following lines in the file above, remember to set your own values that you want to work on your system. Save it and exit.
BOOTPROTO=static ONBOOT=yes IPADDR=192.168.1.1 NETMASK=255.255.255.0 GATEWAY=192.168.1.1 DNS1=22.214.171.124 DNS2=126.96.36.199
To effect the changes, you need to restart network services as follows:
# systemctl restart network.service
# ifconfig OR # ip addr
4. Activate RPMFusion Repository
There are some packages not provided by RHEL and Fedora project developers, you can find both free and nonfree packages the in RPMFusion repository, here we shall focus on free packages.
To activate it, execute the following command:
# rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-24.noarch.rpm
5. Install GNOME Tweak
GNOME tweak tool helps you to alter system settings, you can change several features on your Fedora 24 system including appearance, top bar, workspace plus so much more.
You can install it by simply opening the Software application and search for “GNOME tweak tool”. You will see a Install button, click on it to install.
6. Add Online Accounts
Fedora 24 enables you to access your online accounts directly on the system, you add them when you first login after fresh installation or go to system Settings, under the Personal category, click on Online accounts.
You will see the interface below:
7. Install GNOME Shell Extensions
The GNOME shell is highly extensible, you can install additional extensions to make your system easy to configure and manage.
Simply go to the https://extensions.gnome.org/, your desktop will be detected automatically and choose the extension that you want to install by clicking on it, then use the
on/off selector to activate/deactivate it.
8. Install VLC Media Player
VLC is a popular, cross-platform media player that supports several video and audio formats. It can be found in the RPMFusion repository and to install it, simply run the following command:
# dnf install vlc
9. Install Java Web Plugins
Java supports the web broadly and there are many web applications running Java code, so installing some Java web plugins will be very vital. You can issues the command below to install them:
# dnf install java-openjdk icedtea-web
10. Install GIMP Image Editor
It is a lightweight, powerful and easy to use Linux image editing software. To install, use the command below:
# dnf install gimp
11. Install Simple Scan
Simple scan enables to easily capture scanned documents, it is simple and easy to use as the name states. It is useful especially for those using Fedora 24 workstation in an small home office. You can find it in Software manager application.
Install Youtube-dl – YouTube Video Downloader
Many of you have probably watched videos from YouTube.com, Facebook, Google Video and many other sites before, and to easily download your favorite videos from Youtube and some of the supported sites, you can use youtube-dl, a simple and easy to use command-line downloader.
To install it, run the command below:
# dnf install youtube-dl
13. Install File Compression and Archiving Utilities
If you are working around Windows users, then you might have dealt with
.zip compressed files several times, even possibly becoming popular on Linux.
Therefore you need to install these utilities by running the command below:
# dnf install unzip
14. Install Thunderbird Mail Client
The default desktop mail client on Fedora 24 is Evolution, but Mozilla Thunderbird offers a complete and feature rich desktop Linux mail client for you, probably not the best for some users but it is worth giving a try. You can install it from the Software manager application.
15. Install Spotify Music Streaming Service
If you love music like I do, then you probably want to use the best and most popular music streaming service at the moment. Although, the official Spotify client for Linux is developed for Debian/Ubuntu Linux, you can install on Fedora 24 and all the different files will be stored in the appropriate locations on your system.
First of all, add the repository from which the package will be downloaded and installed:
# dnf config-manager --add-repo=http://negativo17.org/repos/fedora-spotify.repo # dnf install spotify-client