Tips for Newcomers

Hello everyone,

On behalf of all the newcomers who have recently switched to Linux or have just started using Fedora 38, I would like to kindly ask experienced and knowledgeable users to share their insights on what to do after installing Fedora, in order to enhance the overall experience.

P.S. (I’ve been searching for a similar topic on the forum, but since I couldn’t find one, I believe many will find the information shared here very useful)."

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Let’s do it together !

I do start a wiki here where everyone can add his insights.
But first I would like to know, on what exactly you refer …

  • just on the KDE desktop or on Fedora 37/38 in general?
  • are you confortable with the terminal only?
  • Btw I propose we focus on F39 while the release is not far away.

Make music > try a Lab from fedora called Jam > getfedora > Labs > Jam

  1. Preinstalled DAW > LMMS
  2. Synths are preinstalled (basics)
  3. (tons of samples)

Hi there! I’m using the official version of Fedora 38 with the GNOME graphical shell, and I’ve added the KDE hashtag to make it more visible. Regarding your questions:
1. My comments and suggestions relate to Fedora 38/39 as a whole, but they can also include aspects related to the KDE desktop.
2. I feel quite comfortable in the terminal, although my knowledge might be somewhat basic.
3. Sounds great to focus on Fedora 39, as the release is approaching.
If you have any more questions or something you’d like to discuss, feel free to ask!

Learn and accept concepts of your new environment. I’ve seen too many new comers trying to achieve/fix things “old ways” (e.g., Windows), which creates unnecessary frustration as “old ways” rarely work.
Internet is full of resources (including this forum ;)), especially around most popular FOSS. Just try not to follow random examples blindly :wink:
FOSS (and Fedora in particular) is awesome. Not only because it is open and free, but also because it provides alternatives. Not everything is polished to the last rough corner, but It Works™ and it is Good Enough™ to use it daily for professional and personal purposes. And there are awesome people around !

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Thanks for the advice! Embracing the FOSS concepts and seeking out the right resources makes a lot of sense. Excited to be part of this community!!

I’m 99.999% convinced that there isn’t a linear process for learning anything in Linux. Instead, I advocate exploration (Googling, forums like this one, and poking around) as you encounter things over time that you want your system to do.

Oh, and caffeine. I advocate very large amounts of caffeine.


I learned a lot by trial and error, and by asking questions on this discussion board. I also kept detailed notes in OneNote so if something went sideways and I had to re-install, I could re-create what I had done in the past. I kept notes of all sorts of Terminal commands that were very useful.

There are a lot of people on this discussion forum who give of their time and expertise and help new users.

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Here’s what I do:

  1. Pick a Thing that you’re familiar with and want to do.
  2. Break it down into its constituent parts so that you have a series of steps that result in the Thing.
  3. Try to do it on Linux, step by step.

For example, maybe I’m used to composing music on Windows or Mac. So I decide 1) I want to write a song, and to do that I need to 2) Find a good DAW, find some synths or samples I like, write compose the melody, do the arrangement, mix, and then export. That’s a bunch of new tasks to explore, so 3) fire up your Fedora machine and try to achieve each one.

It’s likely to be frustrating at first, because everything will be different than what you’re used to. But by the end, you’ll have learnt a lot. Do it again every week for a year, and it’ll eventually feel so normal that you won’t be able to understand how you used to do it any other way.

Sure! It deprives You of sleeping. Then, in wee hours, You get an idea to install “Inferno” on all of Your family and neighbors computers. “Watch this guys! This is so cool!” They don’t appreciate it, so You drink a morning coffe and go to sleep. A concept of distributed OS that can use otherwise wasted computing resources in smarter ways doesn’t seem to be appealing. Oh, well. I can clean the kitchen, that would be appreciated. :slight_smile: