10 Things To DO After Installing Fedora Workstation (2023)

If you have installed Fedora 38 workstation on your computer and have no idea about what to do next? This Blog Post is going to help with post-installation setup where I will show you the top 10 things you must do after installing the Fedora workstation in 2023.

I will guide you through the crucial step needed to optimize the fedora workstation in 2023. Now without a further do let’s get started. 

Configure DNF

The first thing to do after installing the fedora workstation is to alter Or configure the DNF package manager. You can add the flags to the DNF config file to speed up downloading the packages. 

sudo nano /etc/dnf/dnf.conf

Scroll Down to the bottom of the file and add below two lines:


Once it’s done press CTRL + O to save the changes and CTRL + X to exit.

Install Software / Firmware Updates

Once you are done configuring the DNF, update the system by running this command. 

sudo dnf update -y && sudo dnf upgrade -y

If In case your hardware manufacturer supports special firmware updates for linux, run these commands one by one: 

sudo fwupdmgr refresh --force
sudo fwupdmgr update

Once it’s done updating, reboot your system by running this command.  


Gnome-Tweaks allows you to tweak or control the behavior of the gnome desktop environment. Go ahead, and install gnome-tweaks by running this command.

sudo dnf install gnome-tweaks

Once it’s done, open the tweaks app. Using this you can customize the user interface based on your liking. Select, window title bars – enable maximize & minimize buttons.

Then, Choose Windows enable Center new windows, this way the app renders to the center part of the screen when it’s opened. 

Adding RPM Repositories

It’s always recommended to enable third-party repositories. Go ahead and open the Software center. If you see any pop-up to enable third-party repositories, accept it.

If not, click on the hamburger icon from the top right and choose software repositories. Look for Fedora’s third-party repo and enable it. 

Along with that, you should enable RPMFusion repositories software for Fedora through the command line. Just go ahead and run these commands one by one inside a terminal. 

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
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

These repositories are meant to provide stable and tested packages for Fedora, so it is highly recommended to activate them on your system. 

Wayland / XORG

By default, Fedora With Gnome uses the Wayland display server. If your PC or laptop has an Nvidia graphics card that is not working well, then disable Wayland and force the system to use the XORG session.

sudo nano /etc/gdm/custom.conf

Go ahead, open the GDM config file, and uncomment WaylandEnable=False.

Once it’s done press CTRL + O to save the changes and CTRL + X to exit.

But for now, I don’t have any issues with Wayland and it works very well on my hp pavilion gaming laptop & leave the GDM conf File untouched.

Install NVIDIA Drivers

It’s time to install NVIDIA drivers. If your computer ships with an NVIDIA Graphics card it’s recommended to install NVIDIA drivers. To do so, type this command to check the available GPU.

lspci | grep VGA

If your Laptop Or Pc is having a latest or current Nvidia graphics Card run the below command.

sudo dnf install akmod-nvidia 

Once its done reboot your computer.

Use Gnome Extensions Manager

An extension is a software that allows you to take your GNOME customization to the next level. Using the extensions, you can apply themes, add fancy app transitions, as well as additional features such as blur effects. 

Go a head Install Gnome Shell Extensions Manager using flatpak (Assuming you have flatpak installed) . Run the below command:

 flatpak install flathub com.mattjakeman.ExtensionManager

Then open the extensions manager. Using the browser tab, search for any extension and install it.

These are the must-have gnome extensions that transform the user experience to the next level.

  • TopHat
  • Caffeine
  • GPU Profile Selector
  • User Themes

Out of which my favorite gnome extension is the GPU Profile Selector. This is extremely useful for those having multiple GPUs’S.

Using the added quick setting toggle, you can switch to hybrid, integrated & NVIDIA graphics mode.

Must Install Apps / Packages

Installing essential packages can greatly improve your experience with Fedora. GO ahead and run this command to install the recommended packages. 

sudo dnf install mpv vlc unrar unzip python3-pip cargo p7zip p7zip-plugins ntfs-3g steam htop

It’s time to install some useful GUI applications that will enhance your basic workflow on Fedora. You can go ahead and install applications like :

  • Google Chrome
  • VSCode
  • Blender
  • Adobe Reader
  • HandBrake

Along with that, installing Timeshift allows you to take a backup of your system and restore it in case of issues. You can install time shift by running the below command, and use it to back up your installed packages, applications, and data.

sudo dnf install timeshift

Install QEMU / KVM

Running Virtual machines in a fedora workstation is very easy. If your system supports high-end hardware then it’s recommended to set up QEMU or KVM which is a powerful software that allows to create of virtual machines. 

Go ahead and install QEMU / KVM and Virt-Manager by running the below command.

sudo dnf install qemu @Virtualization

Once it’s done, open virt-manager & grab any operating system image and start running inside a virtual machine. 

Use Auto CPU Freq

Some users on some specific hardware may notice a higher battery consumption rate on Fedora Workstation than on Windows. This could be noticeable on the laptops. The easiest thing you can solve this problem on Fedora is simply installing auto-cpufreq.

This is a very useful tool that actively monitors the battery state, CPU usage, and temperatures, ultimately allowing you to improve battery life without making any compromises.


That’s pretty much it, these are the top 10 things you must do after installing Fedora Workstation in 2023. If you have any suggestions or queries do let me know in the comments section below.

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