Might Need Assistance

Hi, I’m sort of new to Linux again. I previously used at home to mess with, but haven’t touched in along time. I used Fedora way back when it was actually still Red Hat… I’m 60 now and don’t see paying for an OS over $100 since I’m no longer supporting servers and systems. So now have Fedora 37 installed and trying to figure out how to maneuver and install software to it. So apologize ahead of time if I happen to ask stupid questions.
Thank you,



Welcome to Fedora! We have some common issues listed on the ask.fedoraproject site here in case you get stuck!


I also found this link on ask.fedoraproject that helps with some commonly asked questions (not issues, necessarily) that might be helpful:



Hi Jose. Welcome. Ask away if needed. I am 70 but have been using fedora as my home desktop OS since the first or second release, and like you, RedHat before that.



Under Redhat, Fedora, and Centos, software packages are managed with files called RPMs (Redhat Package Manager).

The primary tool for installing, updating, and removing packages is a command line utility called “dnf.”

If you open a console and type “dnf help” you’ll get an extensive help listing.

The most frequest commands:

dnf list
dnf search <package name, or feature you’re looking for>
dnf info
dnf install
dnf remove

You need to be logged in as root, or use sudo, to perform the last two.

There is also a GUI called “Discover.”


sudo dnf install packagename

I would do a search for the packages you may want (a random Google search should do) and then use the command above to install. This is assuming you’ve did a normal install where it adds the first user created to the sudoers group.

Hello Jose, welcome!

What type of software you need to install?

I used to install from the repositories using sudo dnf install package_namecommand, but right now is more practical for me using container based technologies like flatpak utility.

Hi, Jose.

First of all don’t worry about stupid questions, there’s no such thing =)

You have two out-of-the-box options to install new software on Fedora:

  1. If you like using the terminal you can use dnf (the sucessor to yum):

dnf search package_name

and then:

sudo dnf install package_name

See dnf’s reference here.

  1. If you feel more confortable with a graphical interface you can use discover, which can be found at the “System” category of the application menu.

The Fedora docs explain the whole thing here.

Hope this helps.

Welcome back to Fedora!

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Have fun and enjoy your journey :slight_smile:
A little help for you:

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Well I’ve tried using Libreoffice to work on my resume previously written in Word 2007, but when I open it works some, but the fonts and other formats are not there and basically have to start from scratch? Thinking of trying either Softmakers office or WPS Office app. Other suggestions would be appreciated. I tried using the online MS Word version but its not very friendly and tired of redoing resume all the time…lol

I think you have to install the fonts what you have used before. About formats i cannot give you any suggestion, I’m only use Writer a few times a month not more.

Do you know what fonts they were? Many fonts (including common ones shipped with Windows, like Arial, Times New Roman, and Calibri) are not open source — we can’t include them. However, there are other fonts which are similar (and some which even have the same sizing, so formating can stay at least close to the original).

This may be available as a free download from Mercury Magazines
Linux ALL-IN-ONE 6th Editionby Emmett Dulaney

Look for how to install Microsoft fonts.
About paying 100€ for a license… There are cheaper ways to get the license.
Even so… I Hope you are not here because of 100€… Because you are going to spend much more in time :slight_smile: … Gods… It is such a rabbit hole!!! :slight_smile:

I do use Libre Office but I tend to use MS online or Google Docs more to ensure better compatibility with Word for when I need to send my resume out and it has to be in Word format. Otherwise I send it in pdf format in which it doesn’t matter much what I use to create it so that may be an option; send your resume in pdf format.

At my Fedora 36 distro with Gnome default the GUI is just called “Software”. Move mouse to upper left corner and type “Software” in top middle search field.

In above mentioned GUI named “Software” there is a extensive “Font” section :slight_smile: All the fonts you need.

I think you will find cinnamon or even kde to more friendly/useful than gnome. I know gnome is the default but imho it’s terrible - clunky, inefficient, etc.

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Well I know there are cheaper methods for getting Windows OS, but as I’m no longer supporting Windows Servers I really have no need to focus on MS Exchange or Windows servers. Also having to purchase all the apps that people use is crazy. Now figure if I can print and surf the web the rest will come. So let’s see going from a Systems Engineer background to a regular end user learning again…lol

I’ll check out fonts and also want to see about creating a bootable flash drive with Fedora or Linux flavor to use to boot up and fix other pc’s.

dnf is the tool to install program groups and programs. There is a pretty good graphical front end to dnf: dnf dragora. If it’s not already on your system (I think it’s standard) then sudo dnf -f install dnfdragora