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5 things to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME

Fedora 19, code-named Schrodinger’s Cat, is the latest edition of Fedora, a Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. This article offers five simple tasks to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME to make it more user-friendly.

1. Change the Hostname: In the process of installing your brand new Fedora 19 desktop, I’m sure you noticed that Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, did not give you the option of setting a hostname (if it did, then I need more than a new pair of specs). 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 HUman, as root, and at the command-line, simply type hostnamectl set-hostname HUman. That’s it! Keep in mind that this has to be done for the Fedora Spins, not just the GNOME 3 edition.

2. 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 main default view of the GNOME Tweak Tool is shown below. 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.
Fedora 19 GNOME Shell GNOME Tweak Tool

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3. Install Extensions: If, like me, you don’t like the “pure” GNOME Shell, but you don’t want to abandon the GNOME 3 desktop for another desktop environment, there are any number of extensions you can install that will modify it to your liking. Two have already been given in 2 productivity-boosting extensions for GNOME 3. By installing the two extensions, your GNOME Shell can look just like the one in the image below, with an application picker button right smack on the top panel.
Fedora 19 GNOME Workspace to Dock extension

4. Install Games: A default installation of the Fedora 19 KDE comes with a bunch of games installed, but the GNOME 3 edition comes with just one, only one. However, that’s not a problem, because there are more than one GNOME 3 game application in the repository, which you can install using yum or the gpk-application. The latter has a Games category, so you can browse through it to find suitable games to install. And if you want to install a popular non-free game, there is a Steam Client for Fedora, which you can install by using this guide.

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5. 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. The recommended ones to install are given in 4 third-party repositories to enable on Fedora 19.

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