28 Things to Do After Fresh Installation of Fedora 26 Workstation

If you are a Fedora fan, I’m sure that you know that Fedora 26 has been released and we are closely following it ever since, Fedora 26 came with many new changes that you can view in their official release announcement page.

In this guide, we will show you some useful tips on what to do after installing Fedora 26 Workstation to make it even better.

1. Update Fedora 26 Packages

Even though you might have just installed/upgraded Fedora, there will most probably be packages available for update. After all Fedora is the one to always use the latest releases of each software it has and package updates are released quite often.

To run the update, use the following command:

# dnf update
Fedora 26 Update
Fedora 26 Update

2. Set Hostname in Fedora 26

We will use hostnamectl command, which is used to query and set system hostname and related settings. This tool is used to manage three different hostnames classes and they are: static, pretty, and transient.

The static host name is the universal hostname, which can be selected by the system user, and is saved in the /etc/hostname file.

Here, we will not going to discuss much about pretty, and transient hostnames classes, our main motive is to set system hostname, so here we go…

First list the current hostname using the following command:

# hostnamectl status
Sample Output
Static hostname: localhost.localdomain
         Icon name: computer-vm
           Chassis: vm
        Machine ID: 458842014b6c41f9b4aadcc8db4a2f4f
           Boot ID: 7ac08b56d02a4cb4a5c5b3fdd30a12e0
    Virtualization: oracle
  Operating System: Fedora 26 (Twenty Six)
       CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:26
            Kernel: Linux 4.11.8-300.fc26.x86_64
      Architecture: x86-64

Now change Hostname as:

# hostnamectl set-hostname --static “tecmint.com”

Important: It is necessary to reboot your system for the changes to be taken into effect. After reboot, make sure to check the host name similarly as we did above.

Set Hostname in Fedora
Set Hostname in Fedora

3. Set Static IP Address in Fedora 26

To set system static IP address, you need to open and edit your network configuration file called enp0s3 or eth0 under /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ directory.

Open this file with the choice of your editor.

# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s3
Sample Output

Now make the changes as suggested below and save the file..


Important: Make sure to replace network configuration in the above file with your own network settings.

After making above changes, make sure to restart the network service to take new changes into effect and verify the IP address and network settings with the help of following commands.

# service network restart
# ifconfig
Set IP Address in Fedora
Set IP Address in Fedora

4. Install Gnome Tweak Tool

Fedora 26 uses Gnome 3.24 which is the latest version of the gnome-shell desktop environment. To change some of it’s settings, you can install the Gnome Tweak Tool.

This tool allows you to change the Gnome-shell settings like:

  • Appearance
  • Desktop decoration
  • Easily install extensions
  • Top bar
  • Workspaces
  • Windows

To install Gnome Tweak Tool click on “Activities” menu on the top left and search for “Software“. In the software manager, search for “Gnome Tweak Tool” and in the list of results click on the “Install” button or install from the commandline.

# dnf install gnome-tweak-tool
Gnome Tweak Tool
Gnome Tweak Tool

5. Install Gnome Shell extensions

The Gnome Shell desktop environment can be modified even further and you can tweak it to your needs, by installing Gnome Shell Extensions. This can be easily done from the official website for Gnome Shell Extensions at gnome.org:

  1. https://extensions.gnome.org/

Installation of new modules is simple. Simply open the page for the extension you wish to have installed and use the on/off switch to activate/deactivate a Gnome Shell extension on your system:

Gnome Shell Extensions
Gnome Shell Extensions

6. Install Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a web browser, developed by Google. It’s a lightweight, modern browser designed to improve browsing experience. You can also install Google Chrome extensions to make Chrome even better.

To download the latest version of Google Chrome go to:

  1. https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

From that page, download the “rpm” package that’s designed for your OS architecture (32/64 bit). Once the download is complete, double click the downloaded file and click “install” button to complete the installation.

Install Google Chrome
Install Google Chrome

7. Activate RPMFusion repo

The RPMFusion provides some free and non-free software for Fedora. The repo can be used via the command line. The repository is meant to provide stable and tested packages for Fedora so it is highly recommended to activate it on your system with:

# rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-26.noarch.rpm
Install RPM Fusion on Fedora
Install RPM Fusion on Fedora

8. Install VLC Media Player

VLC is a multi-platform media player that supports nearly every video format available. It’s one of the best in it’s category and if you like watching movies or listening to music we encourage you to install it.

The VLC package is included in the RPMFusion repository that was enabled in point 7. To complete the installation of VLC open new terminal and submit the following command:

# dnf install vlc

9. Install DropBox

DropBox is a famous Cloud storage service that can be used on multiple platforms. It can be used to store or backup your files on the cloud and access them from everywhere.

You can install Dropbox on your PC, tablet or smartphone and have your files accessed. To install a DropBox desktop client in Fedora 26 go to Dropbox’s website and download the Fedora package in accordance to your OS architecture (32/64 bit):

  1. Download DropBox package

When the download completes, find the downloaded file and click on “Install” button to complete the installation.

10. Install Mozilla Thunderbird

Fedora comes with pre-installed “Evolution” mail client. It’s good for reading mails, but if you need to have a more organized to read and keep your emails, Mozilla Thunderbird is the right choice for you.

To install Mozilla Thunderbird, open the Fedora software manager and search for “Thunderbird“. After that click the “Install” button next to the package.

11. Enable Google Repository

Google provides its own repository from where you can install Google software such as Google Earth, Google Music manager and others. To add Google’s repo to your Fedora installation, use the following commands:

# gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo

Now copy/paste the following code and save the file:


12. Install Docky

Docky is a simple, attractive and productive dock used on many different Linux distribution. Docky doesn’t use much system resources and yet it improves your productivity while looking good on your screen. If you want to have a good looking dock such as Docky, use the following commands:

# dnf install docky

13. Install other Desktop Environments

If you are not big fan of Gnome shell, we have some good news for you. You can install different desktop environments on your Fedora workstation. To complete the install, you will need to run the commands below in a terminal. Only run the command that is related to the desktop environment that you wish to use:

Install Mate Desktop

# dnf install @mate-desktop

Install KDE Desktop

# dnf install @kde-desktop

Install XFCE Desktop

# dnf install @xfce-desktop

LXDE Desktop

# dnf install @lxde-desktop

Install Cinnamon Desktop

# dnf install @cinnamon-desktop

14. Install rar and zip utilities

Often we use archives in our daily routines. Extracting some of the archives require proper tools to be installed. To deal with .rar and .zip type of compressed files, you can install the required utilities with this command:

# dnf install unzip 

15. Install Java Plugins for web

Java is a programming language which many websites use to display different type of data. To be able to load such type of websites, you will need the JAVA plugins for web. They can be easily installed by running the following command in a terminal:

# dnf install icedtea-web java-openjdk

16. Install GIMP

GIMP is a small, yet powerful image manipulation software. You can use GIMP to edit your images or in a paint like style. Either way this is a useful tool, that you will want in your collection of programs.

To install GIMP simply run:

# dnf install gimp

17. Install Pidgin

Pidgin is a chat client that supports multiple social accounts. You can use it to easily interact with your friends, family or co-workers. The installation of Pidgin in Fedora is fairly easy and can be completed with the following command:

# dnf install pidgin

18. Install qbittorrent

Torrent trackers are gaining more and more popularity in the last few years. Thanks to torrents, you can download important files with a very good speed as long as there are enough seeders.

To download such files, you will need a torrent client software. This is why we recommend qBittorrent. It’s an advanced torrent client with friendly interface.

You can install it by launching the “Software” manager from your Gnome dashboard. Within the software manager, search for “qbittorrent“. Once you have found the package, click the “Install” button next to that package:

Alternatively, you can install qbittorrent with the following command executed in a terminal:

# dnf install qbittorrent

Here is how the qBittorent interface looks like:

Qbittorent Preview
Qbittorent Preview

19. Install VirtualBox

Virtualbox is a software through which you can test different operating systems on your computer, without having to re-install your OS itself.

To install VirtualBox on your Fedora you must have the RPMFusion repository enabled (see point 7). Then you can install VirtualBox with the following command:

# dnf install VirtualBox

20. Install Steam

If you like playing games on your Fedora then Steam is for you! It has many different games included in it that can be ran on different platforms including Linux.

In a simple words it’s a game store where you can download games for your Fedora system and play them after that. To install Steam on your Fedora installation run the following commands:

# dnf config-manager --add-repo=http://negativo17.org/repos/fedora-steam.repo
# dnf -y install steam

After that you can launch steam from the Gnome-shell dash.

Read Also: Best Linux Games of 2015

21. Install Spotify

I think you all know what Spotify is. It’s currently the best service for music streaming on all your devices. The official client for Spotify on Linux boxes is meant for Debian/Ubuntu derivatives.

The fedora package reassembles the Ubuntu package and moves all the files in the required places. So to install Spotify client on your Fedora installation, you will need to use the following commands:

# dnf config-manager --add-repo=http://negativo17.org/repos/fedora-spotify.repo
# dnf install spotify-client

22. Install Wine

Wine is a software meant to help you run Windows applications under Linux. While not all applications may run is expected, this is a useful tool if you need to run a Windows program under Fedora.

To complete the install of Wine, run the following command in your terminal:

# dnf install wine

23. Install Youtube-DL

Youttube-DL is a python based tool that allows you to download videos from sites such as YouTube.com Dailymotion, Google Video, Photobucket, Facebook, Yahoo, Metacafe, Depositfiles.

If you are interested in such tool and like to have some videos for offline watching, then you can install this tool by running:

# dnf install youtube-dl

For complete guide how to use this tool, please check our guide:

  1. How to Install and Use Youtube-DL in Linux

24. 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 and Fedora 25 workstation in an small home office. You can find it in Software manager application.

# dnf install simple-scan

25. Install Fedora Media Writer

Fedora Media Writer is the default application provided by Fedora for creating live USB or bootable images. Unlike most image writers, Fedora Media Writer can download images (Fedora Workstation and Fedora Server), but it limited to Fedora only, but also can able to write ISO for any distributions.

# dnf install mediawriter

26. Install GNOME Music Player

GNOME music is a relatively new music player that offers some of the best music player features and functionalities, more importantly, it is simple and easy to use.

# dnf install gnome-music

27. Add Online Accounts

Fedora enables you to access your online accounts directly on the system, you add them when you first login after fresh installation or go to Settings, under the Personal category, click on Online Accounts.

Online Accounts
Online Accounts

28 Learn DNF

Since Fedora 22 the default package manager has been replaced with “DNF” which stands for Dandified yum (yum was the old package manager). If you haven’t got familiar with that package manager yet, then now is the time to read our extensive guide here:

  1. 27 DNF Commands to Manage Packages in Fedora


The above points should be enough to add some flavour to your Fedora Workstation without having too much bloatware. If you think we have missed something or would like us to add further explanation, please use the comment section below.

Ravi Saive
I am an experienced GNU/Linux expert and a full-stack software developer with over a decade in the field of Linux and Open Source technologies

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48 thoughts on “28 Things to Do After Fresh Installation of Fedora 26 Workstation”

  1. Most of these commands need to be preceded with `sudo`, they need to be run as root. Your examples all seem to be running in a root shell, but it’s really bad advice/assumption for people to run a root shell.

    Your assumption “enp0s3 or eth0” is incomplete (they are preceded by “ifcfg-“) and sometimes wrong, my Ethernet script is named “ifcfg-enp0s31f6”

  2. I’d like to you how to install an Nvidia Card GT218 (8400GS) , want to use F26 with an older PC. Tried to follow some instructions on other websites but achieved nothing. for example nvidia-detect, seems like I need to install this firs but could not figure out how, and what the syntax exactly is step by step instructions like here on his page would be great. Thanks!

  3. Thanks this list is really useful. My changes to it would be:

    Do not recommend, or at least warn about browser security issues that come with “15. Install Java Plugins for web”.
    I prefer xsane over simplescan, for some reason simplescan does not scan over wifi for me.
    I would not recommend VirtualBox due to the bad kernel modules that come with it. Try vmware or fedora boxes (kvm).


  4. Do i need internet to run this commands like cinnamon because its not working without internet and my laptop is not showing wifi i installed fedora 26 please help

  5. other useful utilities

    clamscan (1) – scan files and directories for viruse

    nmap (1) – Network exploration tool and security / port scanner

  6. Great list this helped me immensely! I was able to get my dual boot latitude E7240 created with Fedora 26 all in one morning. I have a docking station, dual monitors, external keyboard, mouse, external speakers all working with no issues.


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