10 Things to Do After Installing Fedora 39 Workstation

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We are presenting our traditional Fedora release article – “10 Things to Do After Installing Fedora 39”, with post-install tweaks.

This post-install guide is primarily for Fedora 39 workstation edition. These tips are not ideal for all. But it should be a good starting for all types of Fedora user base. Here are the ten things you can do after installing Fedora 39 Workstation Edition (GNOME).

10 things to do after installing Fedora 39 (GNOME Edition)

1. Update DNF Configuration

If you are a long-time Fedora user, you might know that dnf the default Fedora package manager is sometimes slow. This is because of some default configurations which were set. In addition, the upcoming fast dnf5 is yet to arrive in Fedora. Hence, you need to tweak it a bit.

To make it faster, you can change several settings. Here are some of them.

Open a terminal window and open the dnf configuration file via the default text editor.

sudo gnome-text-editor /etc/dnf/dnf.conf

Add the following line at the end of the file and save/close. This allows dnf to download that many packages in parallel. You can use any value from 3 to 20.


2. Switch to a faster dnf mirror

In addition to the above change, in the same dnf configuration file, add the following line at the end:


Save and close the text editor. This is sufficient to make the dnf app performance faster.

Update dnf configuration Fedora 39
Update dnf configuration Fedora 39

3. Update your system

Once you make the above changes, it’s a good idea to refresh your system. This is to ensure that you have all the latest packages and modules before you start using them or making further changes.

To do that, you can open the Software app and hit check for updates.

Or, I would recommend you open a terminal and run these simple commands.

sudo dnf update && sudo dnf upgrade
dnf update Fedora 39
dnf update Fedora 39

4. Learn to use new version dnf5

The new and advanced version of dnf package manager dnf5 has been included since the last Fedora release in the repo. It will be available by default from the future release onwards.

However, you can install it today and take advantage of the fastest dnf ever. Here’s how you can install it.

sudo dnf install dnf5 dnf5-plugins
Installing dnf5
Installing dnf5

After installation, you can start using dnf5 instead of dnf from the command line. You can check man pages dnf5 –help for more commands.

A few points you should note before using dnf5:

  • Be cautious while using dnf5 since it’s not enabled by default.
  • Dnf and dnf5 do not share history, or cache.
  • Transactions performed by dnf and dnf5 are not visible to each other.
  • The autoremove may not work correctly with dnf5 if a package is installed by dnf.
  • Learn more about dnf5 commands in the documentation.

5. Firmware Updates

If your hardware manufacturer supports a special firmware package for Linux, you can quickly check them and get those updates via the following sequence of commands. However, it may not always be available, but it is worth trying.

sudo fwupdmgr refresh --force
sudo fwupdmgr get-updates
sudo fwupdmgr update

6. Enable RPM Fusion

I recommend enabling the RPM Fusion repo since it provides additional packages (including non-free ones). It would help with the future installation of several applications (suchas Java, JRE, FFMpeg, etc.). The RPM Fusion is a community-contributed repo, a collection of non-free and additional packages Fedora Linux can not ship in its official ISO file due to license and other terms.

To enable RPM Fusion in Fedora 39, open a terminal and run the following commands in sequence.

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

After completing the above commands, run the following to update your system.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
sudo dnf groupupdate core

7. Install GNOME Tweaks

The GNOME Tweaks is the essential application for Fedora 39 Workstation. It helps you manage many areas of your GNOME desktop, such as changing fonts, applying GTK themes, etc. To install it, open a terminal and run the following command.

sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool

8. Explore unrestricted flathub apps

Fedora 39 pre-loads Flatpak by default. It also enables unrestricted access to all Flathub apps. All you need to do is to enable the flathub remote (which is disabled by default) using the below command.

flatpak remote-modify --enable flathub
Enable Flathub in Fedora 39
Enable Flathub in Fedora 39

So, you can now visit Flathub’s official website to install thousands of Flatpak apps. Alternatively, you can use GNOME Software to install Flathub apps, which now brings a better experience of Flatpak apps such as it is now possible to remove user data when uninstalling Flatpaks.

9. Install Extension Manager App

After you set up Flathub in the above step, install the most needed app, i.e. “Extensions Manager“. It allows you to search, install and remove hundreds of GNOME extensions right from the desktop. You do not need to visit the official web page to install it.

To install the Extension Manager app, open a terminal and run the following.

flatpak install flathub com.mattjakeman.ExtensionManager

Wondering which extensions to install? Check out the next tip.

10. Install these recommended GNOME Extensions

You can extend the GNOME 45 experience with more extensions.

You can also check out specific customizations of quick settings and GNOME’s top bar using the guides below.

Bonus Tip(s)

And finally, here are four bonus tips exclusively for you.

11. Install Recommended Applications

The default Fedora 39 workstation brings only default applications, which are not sufficient for the functioning of the desktop. Here’s a quick set of commands which enables you to install them. They include a torrent client, a good media player, a little advanced photo editor, etc.

Copy and paste these into the terminal to install.

sudo dnf install -y vlc
sudo dnf install -y steam
sudo dnf install -y transmission
sudo dnf install -y gimp
sudo dnf install -y geary
sudo dnf install -y dropbox nautilus-dropbox
sudo dnf install -y unzip p7zip p7zip-plugins unrar

If you prefer Flatpaks, here’s the command for that.

flatpak install flathub org.videolan.VLC
flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam
flatpak install flathub com.transmissionbt.Transmission
flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP
flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Geary

12. Enable Battery percentage in tray (not in quick settings)

If you want to view the battery percentage at the system tray, run the following command to show it via settings.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface show-battery-percentage true

13. Install nice-looking fonts

GNOME desktop’s default font on Fedora 39 is perfect (Noto fonts are now the default for languages using the Indic script). But if you crave more, here are some of the cool fonts you can install. After installation, you can use the GNOME Tweak Tool to change.

sudo dnf install -y 'google-roboto*' 'mozilla-fira*' fira-code-fonts

14. TLP

Last but not least, you should install TLP if you are a Laptop user. TLP is a great utility to help optimise your Laptop’s battery. This utility comes with various command-line options to tweak and view reports about power consumption. All you need to do is install and forget it. It takes care of the basic power-saving optimisations. Remember not to use TLP with any other power management tweaks.

sudo dnf install tlp tlp-rdw

Closing Notes

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips and applying some of them. So, what is your favourite must-do post-install tip? Let me know in the comment box down below!


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