10 things to do after installing Fedora

Fedora is the stable, powerful, free and very usable Linux based Operating System. From beginner user to the experienced users, this is great Linux distribution to learn, perform tasks and a wonderful environment for computing. However, there are certain things to make it even better and make your life more easier and comfortable with Fedora. Here are the 10 lists of things that should be done after installing Fedora.

1) Update the system:

First thing after installing Fedora, you need to update your system. You can update your system using the PackageKit or using the Terminal. I recommend using the Terminal. It’s fast, easy and reliable. To update the system type:

yum update

To check for all the available updates type:

yum check-update

2) Add the repositories:

Beside the core Fedora repositories there are many useful repositories which contains many useful applications. Following are the four repositories which I recommend everyone to install or add:

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux

3) Add apt-get:

The package can be managed in Fedora using the PackageKit(Graphical) or using the Terminal. Apt-get is another great package manager for Ubuntu or Debian which can be installed in Fedora so that all the apt-get benefits can be accessed. Find out how to install and uninstall applications in Fedora.

4) Enable sudo:

While managing packages and performing the root tasks, you need to login as a root user or give the root permission very time. By enabling sudo, you can just type sudo at the beginning which saves you a lot of time. You don’t have to login as a root user every time while performing the root tasks.

5) Install Nautilus Open Terminal:

Nautilus Open Terminal allows you to right click the file and open that file using the terminal . This is a very handy tool if you work with the terminal a lot. To install Nautilus Open terminal, go to terminal and type:

yum install nautilus-open-terminal

To use the nautilus open terminal, reach to the file that you want to open to through the terminal, right click the file and click on Open in Terminal.

6) Install Gnome Tweak Tool:

Fedora adopts Gnome as a default Desktop Environment. There are lots of customization you can do to the Gnome Desktop Environment. Gnome Tweak Tool allow you to add extra functionality to the Gnome Shell. To install Gnome Tweak tool, go to terminal and type:

yum install gnome-tweak-tool

After installing, type ‘gnome-tweak-tool’ in terminal and start using it to customize Gnome Shell.

7) Configure Backup:

In the others section of the Applications, you will see the Backup program in Fedora. It is installed in Fedora by default. You can turn the automatic backup on or off. Backup stores all the data in the Amazon S3. You first need to sign up which is free. It’s a great tool to keep your data safe and secure.

backup in Fedora

8) Install unrar:

.Fedora doesn’t allow to extract the .rar file by default. You may frequently have to work with .rar files, so better install unrar program as soon as possible. To install unrar program go to terminal and type:

yum install unrar

9) Install bunch of applications:

There are various useful bunch of open source applications to meet your needs. I recommend you install the following applications:


yum install vlc



yum install tomboy


yum install homebank


yum install openshot


yum install blender


yum install thunderbird


yum install pidgin

These are all the useful applications you may need. Find more info about them, if you think you need them, install them and Enjoy!

10) Install flashplayer plugin and Enable mp3 support:

You need flashplayer to play the videos in your favourite video site and gaming website. To install flashplayer first add the repository:

yum --nogpgcheck install http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm

In order to install:

yum install flash-plugin

MP3 is the propietary audio extension and the default music player RythmBox in Fedora doesn’t support it. To enable the MP3 support type:

yum install gstreamer-plugin-ugly
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