Fedora is one of my favorite Linux Distributions that I’ve ever used. Since Fedora project was started, It has always been providing new and exciting features in every release. This time the new and exciting changes have been brought with another well polished release Fedora 22.
The release ‘Fedora 22’ comes with many new changes and features and I bet most of you (if seen the changes) would like the release and would want to install/upgrade to Fedora 22. But what to do when you install/upgrade to Fedora 22 ? This is what I am going to show in this article. I’m going to show you the 12 recommended things to do after installing Fedora 22. This article will help you setting up your new Fedora 22 and use the new features & changes.
So let’s get started without wasting anymore time!
1. DNF Replaces Yum In Fedora 22
Here is one thing that users turning to Fedora 22 must know is that Fedora 22 brings DNF Software Package Manager as a default package manager instead of Yum.
You must get familiar with DNF so that you have ease to use your latest distro.
DNF is said to be faster and better dependency management. Although you can carefully see all the commands used in the this article and I’m sure they will help you out with this new software package manager.
2. Update Your Fedora 22 System
When you install Fedora, you have all the new & latest applications but because of the fast development of applications many applications get updates that contain new features, stability and bug fixes. So your first step should be to update your distribution as soon as possible.
sudo dnf update
3. Install Extra Repositories
Fedora 22, as all other Linux distributions comes with official repositories already setup with the system but they don’t contain every package that you might need to install in future. So it is better to go for extra repository to have most of the packages available in just a minute.
You can install RPM fusion as extra repositories to install more and more packages. There are two repositories that you can easily install – Free and Non-free.
Go to RPM fusion website and you’ll find repositories link for different Fedora versions. First click “RPM Fusion free for Fedora 22“, as you can see this is free and click “RPM Fusion nonfree for Fedora 22” for a non-free.
4. Install Multimedia Codecs
With Fedora not all the codecs are installed, there are some missing that users need to install manually otherwise files require codecs that are not installed, those files won’t work at all. So to avoid frustration when want to play a movie and needed codec is not available, you must install multimedia codecs.
Open the terminal and use the following command to install missing codecs –
sudo dnf install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-bad-free-extras gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer1-libav gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free-extras gstreamer1-plugins-bad-freeworld gstreamer1-plugins-base-tools gstreamer1-plugins-good-extras gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-base gstreamer1
5. Install Gnome Tweak Tool
Gnome tweak tool is a GUI utility that lets you tweak and customize Gnome desktop environment with the most ease. Here is how you can install Gnome Tweak Tool in Fedora 22.
sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool
6. Install Adobe Flash Player
Adobe flash player is required to show so much content on the internet browsers. Youtube videos need abobe to be installed and online games lovers won’t be able to play games on browser without Adobe flash player.
Above flash player can be installed easily by downloading setup file from official Adobe website here. Your operating system and browser will be detected automatically, select the package .rpm and click download. Then open downloaded .rpm file. It will be opened using gnome software and it can be installed just clicking on install button and then providing password when asked.
7. Install VLC Media Player
Fedora 22 comes with a default media player installed known as Gnome Videos but if you’re not satisfied with this media player then you can install the BOSS of media player, VLC. VLC can play almost every virtual media that exists.
Because we’ve already install RPM fusion repositories so we have VLC in RPM fusion repositories. Simply use dnf to install VLC media player.
sudo dnf install vlc
8. Install Google Chrome
As other Linux and Fedora distributions, Fedora 22 also has Mozilla Firefox installed which is arguably the best with the most plugins available. But when it comes to speed the browsing, nobody can beat Google Chrome.
sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable
9. Install Dropbox
I am sure most of you are using any of the cloud storage wait wait wait… Are you also Dropbox as your online cloud storage? That’s what most of people do. You can install Dropbox app on Fedora for faster and better use of the Dropbox cloud storage.
You can simply download .rpm file from Dropbox Website according to the distro (32-bit Or 64-bit) you’re using and simply run it to install.
10. Install GIMP An Alternative To Photoshop
GIMP is an image editing and designing software which is very much similar to Photoshop. Most of us (blogger) use GIMP for image editing because it’s really very handy.
GIMP does not come installed on Fedora 22 so you need to install it manually (which is super easy).
sudo dnf install gimp
11. Install 7zip
We often need to unzip or extract some compressed files. 7zip is the utility that extracts all kind of archives. It’s not installed by default in Fedora, so you have to manually install 7zip. After this you are ready to extract any type of archive.
sudo dnf install p7zip
12. Install Other Desktop Environments
Fedora primarily comes with Gnome desktop environment that I like very much. But if you want enjoy Fedora with a different desktop environment, then you can easily do that.
For KDE Desktop Environment
sudo dnf install @kde-desktop
For XFCE Desktop Environment
sudo dnf install @xfce-desktop
For MATE Desktop Environment
sudo dnf install @mate-desktop
You can also install any other desktop environment, just use the following format –
sudo dnf install @DESKTOP_ENVIRONMENT-desktop
That’s all for today. All the above 12 points are enough to give a nice start to Fedora 22. The environment always teaches you new things, so keep on exploring. And obviously I can not touch all the points, if I missed something that you think might be important then please comment below this article and I’ll be happy to discuss that.