Fedora / Gnome 3.18 – First Steps

My motivation for trying Fedora is due to two issues with Ubuntu; one has been present for two releases and the other is brand new with the release of 15.10. The new bug results in the keyboard backlight being turned on at boot regardless of the last state. It does the same when waking from suspend. (link). The older bug is that a new nautilus window is opened when you empty the trash from the dash. (link)

Initial Boot:
After the install everything was working with the excpetion of audio. Some quick searches indicated that this issue was solved by updating to the latest kernel. This reinforced the fact that with any install of an OS you should update after install to ensure that you have all the updates. The command to do this under Fedora 23 is similar to Ubuntu.

steps (1):
sudo dnf update -y

After updating the kernel to kernel-4.2.5-300.fc23.x86_64 and doing two cold boots the audio was working properly. Unlike Ubuntu Fedora does not make non-free software available by default. In order to access this software you need to add the RPM Fusion repositories. RPM Fusion has two repositores; one for additional free software and one for non-free.

steps (2):
su -c ‘dnf install –nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-23.noarch.rpm’
su -c ‘dnf install –nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-23.noarch.rpm’

With the additional repositories added to the software sources I was able to continue with the setup of my Dell XPS 13 (9343). The next things I did were to install the gnome tweak tool, drivers for my Epson Workforce Pro 4020, ScitTE, tlp, tlp-rdw and freetype-freeworld.

steps (1)
sudo dnf install scite-3.6.1-1.fc23.x86_64 gnome-tweak-tool-3.18.0-1.fc23.noarch epson-inkjet-printer-escpr-1.5.2-1.1lsb3.2.fc23.x86_64

The installation of freetype-freeworld is a prerequsite for improving the font appearance on Fedora. The default font settings in Fedora result in rather ugly font rendering in comparison to Ubuntu. the command xrdb -query allows you to check your settings.


Xft.dpi:    96
Xft.antialias:    1
Xft.hinting:    1
Xft.hintstyle:    hintslight
Xft.rgba:    rgb
Xft.lcdfilter:    lcddefault


Xft.antialias:    1
Xft.dpi:    96
Xft.hinting:    1
Xft.hintstyle:    hintmedium
Xft.rgba:    none

To change the settings to get better results run the following commands.

gsettings “set” “org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings” “hinting” “slight”
gsettings “set” “org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings” “antialiasing” “rgba”
echo “Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault” > ~/.Xresources

You can also change some of the settings by using the tweak tool.

Tweak Tool

Tweak Tool

the tlp and tlp-rdw packages are designed to help manage power usage in an effort to increase battery life on laptops. For more details on the available settings you can refer to this page.

After this I installed the following gnome-extensions from the website.

One of the things that has always intrigued me about Gnmoe was the ability to customize it to fit the way you work. Over the next week I will continue to learn the nuances of Fedora and Gnome 3. I will post updates on my progress over the coming weeks.

Desktop as Configured

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2 Responses to Fedora / Gnome 3.18 – First Steps

  1. Hello, is there a big difference between using tlp and not using it? I just got myself the same xps 13 de and was wondering how to improve its battery life on F23, the Macbook Air with yosemite lasts a good 9-10 hours with normal use, in Linux I can barely get 4 hours out of it😦

    Last time I tried using an after-install tool (which, IIRC was powerop) I had lots of issues like the usb devices going off frequently etc. Is tlp better?


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