17 Things to do After Installing Fedora 36

Fedora 36 is an exciting upgrade with numerous features and visual treats.

Can’t wait already? If you already installed (or upgraded) Fedora 36, we recommend following a few important things that can help enhance your desktop experience with Fedora 36.

If you still haven’t installed it, you may want to check out the feature list of Fedora 36 to explore more about it.

Some of the most essential things to do include:

1. Update the System

No matter whether you have the latest and greatest out-of-the-box, it is always a good thing to perform a system update, refreshing the list of repositories and upgrading any packages pushed last minute.

You can do that from the GNOME Software Center (from the Updates section) or just use the terminal.

For the terminal, just use the following command:

sudo dnf update

A restart may be required to complete the system update.

2. Enable RPM Fusion Repository

Fedora installer provides a method to enable additional third-party repositories for convenience.

You should also get a prompt to do it in the Software Center.

fedora 36 third party repo gnome

However, only the RPM repository for NVIDIA driver, Google Chrome, and Steam are added and software such as VLC and MPV, usually available from RPM Fusion, will not be available.

fedora 36 rpm fusion filter

So, if you need extra tools that aren’t usually available in the default repositories and the filtered RPM fusion repo, adding the RPM Fusion repo is a good idea.

To enable RPM Fusion (both free and non-free), Open a terminal and enter the following commands:

sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

3. Adding the Flathub Repository

fedora 36 flathub

Fedora has Flatpak enabled by default. However, it adds a filtered repo (Fedora Flatpaks) to give you the ability to install selected Flatpak applications.

So, to get access to the wide range of Flatpak apps available, you can add the Flathub repository using the following command in the terminal:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

4. Configure DNF for Faster Downloads of Packages

The speed of downloading packages in Fedora can be enhanced by several methods. By selecting the fastest mirrors, package download speed can be increased. Furthermore, if you have a sufficiently faster internet connection, then, the number of parallel downloads can be changed to get faster downloads.

To do both the things, just edit the DNF configuration files located at /etc/dnf/dnf.conf.

For this, open a terminal and type:

sudo nano /etc/dnf/dnf.conf

Append the following lines to the file, save and exit:

add maximum parellel downloads also
Speed Up Download Speed in Fedora

5. Install Multimedia Plugins

While you can install and use the shiny new desktop experience with Fedora 36, you cannot play videos/media on it — yet.

Of course, you can choose to install VLC, MPV with codecs packed in. Or, just manually install the multimedia codecs?

To achieve any of those, you will have to eventually enable the RPM Fusion repository.

For instance, if you want to install the VLC player after enabling the RPM fusion repo, just type the following command in the terminal:

sudo dnf install vlc

If you want to install the media codecs, use the following command:

sudo dnf install gstreamer1-plugins-{bad-\*,good-\*,base} gstreamer1-plugin-openh264 gstreamer1-libav --exclude=gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free-devel
sudo dnf install lame\* --exclude=lame-devel
sudo dnf group upgrade --with-optional Multimedia

If you are using the Wayland desktop session (which should be the default), you may encounter an error even after installing the necessary codecs. If you notice this error:

error in gnome video player 1

All you have to do is simply log in again with a Xorg desktop session and get it working.

6. Change Hostname After Installation

After installation, the default hostname is set up as fedora.

So, if you want to personalize your system hostname after installation, you can use the following command to set a new hostname:

sudo hostnamectl set-hostname "New_Custom_Name"

7. Install Essential Applications

fedora 36 software center

You can install essential Linux applications from the terminal using the dnf package manager or through the GNOME Software Center.

You can use the following command to install anything that you need:

sudo dnf install <package_name>

8. Install Gnome Tweaks and Extensions App

extensions app

To tweak the gnome look and feel, you need to install both GNOME Tweaks and the extensions manager app. It can be done either through the software center or through the terminal using the following command:

sudo dnf install gnome-tweaks gnome-extensions-app

In my case, chrome-gnome-shell was automatically installed, which is required to make the browser extension work. You can refer to our resource on installing GNOME tweaks on Fedora if you still face issues with it.

It can be helpful to use some of the best GNOME extensions to enhance your desktop workflow.

9. Enable Minimize or Maximize Button

This isn’t for you if you are already comfortable without a minimize button in the window.

Minimize Button

But, if you want a dedicated minimize button, you can enable it using GNOME Tweaks by heading to the Window Titlebars option, and enabling the minimize button.

While you can already double-click on a window to maximize, you can still add the maximize button as well.

10. Tweak Privacy Settings

It is worth double-checking if you have the problem reporting enabled/disabled.

You can head to the Privacy settings, and then check if “Automatic Problem Reporting” is enabled/disabled.

automatic problem reporting
Automatic Problem Reporting

11. Screen Lock and Power Settings

If you are using a laptop, the default power saving options turn the screen blank and suspend it after a period of inactivity.

But, if you do not want that to happen, head to the power settings and disable the “Screen Blank” and “Automatic Suspend” options.

power settings
Power Settings

Additionally, you can also choose to display the battery percentage from the same settings.

12. Use Night Light Settings

Every distribution comes packed with the night light feature to help you reduce eye strain.

night light settings
Night Light Settings

For Fedora, you can access it in the display settings and enable it or set a schedule for it to automatically enable/disable the night light as required.

13. Sort Folder before files in Nautilus File Manager

This is rather a simple thing, but may annoy a first-time user if you want to view the folders listed first.

In that case, go to preferences in Files and toggle the Sort Folders Before Files option as shown in the image below.

sort folders

14. Automatically Delete Trash Content

We tend to delete things, but then forget to delete them from the trash.

In such cases, the size of the trash/bin grows, and we may end up with low storage space.

To avoid this, Go to Settings → Privacy and toggle the Automatic Delete Trash Content option as required.

The automatic deletion period can be set in the same window if you want to tweak that. The default value is set to 30 days.

trash settings

15. Set the Power Profiles

Power profiles are accessible both from the Settings page and through the top panel (or the system tray).

power profiles from desktop panel 1

Use the appropriate mode, like balanced (which should be the default for best performance) and power saver for better battery savings, and a minor hit to the performance.

16. Enable Disable the Animation effect for a faster response

If you notice any stutters with the system performance such as launching apps or the navigation in general, try disabling the animation from accessibility settings as shown in the image below.

enable disable animations

17. Manage Software Repositories

fedora 36 software repo

With Flathub and third-party repositories enabled, if the need arises, you can head to the Software Center, and access the software repositories from the menu.

fedora 36 repositories

In this case, I have the nightly build, so it shows multiple repositories, but you will be limited to the stable repos.

Wrapping Up

As per your use case, you can do countless more things with your Fedora 36 system.

After all, you get some of the latest and greatest packages (and kernel). So, feel free to explore more.

What do you normally do after installing/upgrading to a new version of Fedora? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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