Things to do after installing Fedora 20/21 GNOME

Change the Hostname: In the process of installing your brand new Fedora desktop, I’m sure you noticed that Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, did not give you the option of setting a hostname or you missed it in the network setup. The hostname defaults to localhost. If you are logged in, you can verify that by typing hostname at a shell terminal, or clicking the Details module in System Settings, where the hostname should be listed in the Device name field.

Changing it is easy. Assuming you want to set the new hostname to Desktop, as root, and at the command-line, simply type

hostnamectl set-hostname Desktop

 

That’s it! Keep in mind that this has to be done for the Fedora Spins, not just the GNOME 3 edition.

Install GNOME Tweak Tool: For me, a so-called “pure” GNOME Shell is not fun to use. Window titlebars only showing a close button is just one of the annoying aspects of using it. With the GNOME Tweak Tool, however, you can configure some of those features via a graphical interface. To install it, you may do so from a shell terminal or from the gpk-application. From a shell terminal, simply type, as root,

yum install gnome-tweak-tool

 

From the gpk-application, search for it by name and install it. You may then start it from the application picker view. The first setting I always like to change is “Arrangement of buttons on the titlebar.” I like to show all the buttons. That’s just one of many settings you can modify using the GNOME Tweak Tool.

Enable Third-Party Repositories: Because only Free Software applications are shipped by default in any Fedora release, you will need to install third-party repositories (repos) to gain access to applications that Fedora does not ship. There are any number of such repos that you can enable.

There are any number of such repos that you can enable. The recommended ones to install are RPM Fusion and rpm.livna.org. The latter is complementary to the former, shipping only those applications that, for one reason or another, are not available in RPM Fusion.

Aside from these two repos, this article provides links and steps to install two other repos on any Fedora 19 installation.

1. RPM Fusion Repo: There are two RPM Fusion repos that you can enable for any Fedora installation: A free repo, and a non-free repo. To install them, visit rpmfusion.org/Configuration, then click on the appropriate link for the free and non-free repo to enable.

2. rpm.livna.org Repo: To install the complementary rpm.livna.org repo, click this link and follow the same process as above. After both repos have been enabled, you should have access to a lot more software for your Fedora 19 installation.

3. Adobe Repo: HTML5 videos are becoming very popular, but Flash videos are not going to disappear anytime soon. For those videos, you will need Adobe’s Flash plugin to play them. To enable the Adobe repo so that you can have access to the Flash plugin, visit this link, and follow the same steps that you used to install the first two repos.

4. Google Linux Repo: To enable the Google Linux repo and, therefore, gain access to software provided by Google, such as the Chromium Web browser, visit this link and follow the instructions given for the RPM repo.

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