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Things You Must Do After Installing Fedora 25

List of things you must do after installing Fedora Linux Workstation. From essentials to must-have apps & how to clean and maintain Fedora 25.

RedHat’s Fedora 25 is going to launch in a month and I’ve done lot of research and testing on the same all this time, while also working on my MS and adjusting with USA. Fedora 25 is a major version for Fedora Project Linux distribution and they’ve been working on lot of new versions lately.

Fedora 25 comes with latest GNOME version. Hence it comes with various usability improvements including an efficient search interface, simpler input device and printer settings and more user-friendly music controls. If you’ve not had a chance to use it yet, go grab a copy and try it out.

So, once you’ve installed the OS, what are you gonna do? Well, here must do things after installing Fedora 25.

Fedora Software Store
Fedora Software Store will offer many of the following apps.

Check for Updates and Install Last Minute Updates

You just did a fresh install of the latest version of an operating system, and I’m asking you to update? Confusing? I admit it may sound so but it’s very important as there can be new updates since they released Fedora 25, and you downloaded and installed. Thus, open a terminal and run the command:

sudo dnf update

Install Gnome Tweak Tool

Once you’ve updated the system, now you should a few apps. First of all, GNOME Tweak Tool – the most important program to customize your copy of Fedora. With this software you can easily install new themes, add/remove extensions and more.

sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool

Install VLC Media Player

Now install a media player. What’s better than VLC? VLC is to media players what Chrome is to Browsers. A free and open source player that plays almost all multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Additionally, VLC media player provides many features, effects and filters that are not available in Fedora’s default video player. In fact, default player does nothing except playing your file as is.

Get Google Chrome

Install this lightweight, fast and minimal design web browser. Go to Google Chrome Homepage and click on ‘Download Now’ then select the .rpm version for Fedora/openSUSE.

Activate RPMFusion Repository

This is important as RPMFusion provides stable and tested versions of many apps. It’s a command line tool.

rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm

Uninstall Any Software You Won’t Use

In case there is a software that comes up pre-loaded on Fedora which you won’t use, you can uninstall it. You can find the list of all apps in package manager.

Install UnRar

UnRar is RAR extraction utility used for extracting files from RAR archives. RAR archives are usually created with WinRAR, primarily in a Windows environment. Go to official link, download rpm per your requirements and install.

Customize Fedora

You can customize your Fedora workstation using Wallpapers, Fonts, Themes, Icons or complete Desktop Environments. Learn about all tweak tools on Ubuntu & Fedora.

To customize various aspects of Fedora, you’ll need GNOME Tweak tool we installed in step 2.


Fedora uses Cantarell as the default system font. While it’s very much aesthetically pleasing and serves the purpose pretty well, you might have a different choice – and why not since you can customize Fedora whichever way you want! Read full tutorial on changing fonts in Linux.


You can change themes of Linux desktops very easily with tweak tool installed above. One of the best features of Linux distributions for end users is availability of high quality themes by the community – unlike Windows where you’re forever stuck in default UI designed by Microsoft.

You can download themes from GNOME-Look.org, unzip and place them in ~/.themes folder and activate via GNOME Tweak Tool.

Apart from desktop themes, you can also install Icon themes. Read full tutorial for installation and usage of custom desktop themes and icon themes.

Install Extensions

GNOME Shell has a lot of add-on and plugins for extending the desktop environment. Get these extensions ranging from weather reporting to system monitoring.

For Developers

Programmers have some special needs with their systems. So, here are some software you can choose depending on your need:

Firefox Developer Edition

If you’re a web developer and want a really neat solution for testing and debugging your website, you probably need Mozilla’s Firefox Developer Edition. It’s an awesome free tool which comes with a lot of powerful features to improve your code and productivity.

Get Firefox Developer Edition


Eclipse is an IDE, most widely used for Java development. However, eclipse has various applications for developers including IDEs for PHP developers and C/C++ developer. Download Eclipse for Fedora.

Android Studio

If you’re an Android developer, you’ll need Android Studio, Google’s official IDE for Android Development.


Who doesn’t love Virtual Machines? Oracle’s VirtualBox comes in 2 flavors, 32-bit and 64-bit. You can download for Ubuntu from VirtualBox for Linux hosts page and install it via Ubuntu software manager.

GitHub’s Atom

Let’s start by downloading a great code editor. While you can certainly download Sublime Text, another great code editor but I just didn’t deem it important for this list as it is a paid software.

Visit Atom to download and install the software with Ubuntu Software manager. Additionally, Atom has a built-in package manager, a file manager and a flexible autocomplete.

Cleanup with Bleachbit

BleachBit deletes unnecessary files to free valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove junk. Rid your system of old clutter including cache, cookies, Internet history, localizations, logs, temporary files, and broken shortcuts. It wipes clean the cache and history list of many common programs.

Get Bleachbit

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One thought on “Things You Must Do After Installing Fedora 25

  1. I commend you on your article explaining how to make Fedora25 a most useful desktop system. There is a Fedora 25 Remix that has included all the software and extra repositories you are asking of individuals to install after the first reboot. The Remix is a proven version of Fedora, built with Fedora 25 , and has integrated rpmfusion, vlc, tweaktool, chromium, skype, git and a few more wonderful Gnome extensions. I would choose the Remix and save the extra work. The title of the link is Index of /fedora/russianfedora/releases/test/RFRemix/25_Beta/Workstation/x86_64/
    The actual link is http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/russianfedora/releases/test/RFRemix/25_Beta/Workstation/x86_64/iso/

    The network installation version is entirely in English, The Live Remix version is in Russian. I am not Russian Speaking or knowledgeable, but I opened the system window and clicked onto the top righ icon in that window. I switched languages from Russian to English. All the rest of my testing and installation was in English. My recommendation, is to perform the Fedora25 Remix using the network installation version.

    This comment was written using that Network installation verison.

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