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asked 2016-10-29 23:51:39 -0600

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The basics: How do I download apps and or/applications and install them in Fedora Workstation 24?

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answered 2016-10-30 07:25:49 -0600

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updated 2016-11-05 22:52:42 -0600

florian gravatar image

you have two options :

  • Fedora provides PackageKit for viewing, managing, updating, installing and uninstalling packages compatible with your system. PackageKit consists of several graphical interfaces that can be opened from the GNOME panel menu, or from the Notification Area when PackageKit alerts you that updates are available.

    find in activities - software

  • DNF is a software package manager in terminal command line that installs, updates, and removes packages on RPM-based Linux distributions. It automatically computes dependencies and determines the actions required to install packages. DNF also makes it easier to maintain groups of machines, eliminating the need to manually update each one using rpm. Introduced in Fedora 18, it is the default package manager since Fedora 22.


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you made a typo, that should be 'find in activities - software'

HoboPrimate gravatar imageHoboPrimate ( 2016-10-30 10:21:43 -0600 )edit

thx.. corrected it ;)

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2016-10-30 10:33:12 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-11-03 12:36:13 -0600

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updated 2016-11-03 12:42:54 -0600

Based on the question, I assume you're a novice, and I welcome you to Linux/Fedora. Also, I assume you installed the "workstation" version which is a basic introduction to Fedora. The application "Software" will suit your needs just fine. But "dnf" will take you beyond. As an exercise, execute

dnf -v repolist # List of repositories (data about repos & # of pkgs)

and note the total number of packages at the bottom. Over 50,000 packages are available. I don't believe "Software" even comes close. As a further exercise, execute

dnf group list -v hidden # List hidden items (grp spec)

to list environments, groups and languages. Look for "Educational Software" to complete the example. Now execute

dnf groupinfo 'Educational Software' # Info about group

for list of packages. Now with "Software": go to Education, then Astronomy, then Stellarium. Execute

dnf info 'stellarium' # Description about package

To install, execute (as root)

dnf install stellarium

To install entire group (e.g. Robotics), execute

dnf group install robotics-suite # Use grp-spec, idem

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answered 2016-11-02 12:34:42 -0600

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The best option is to install yumex-dnf, which is a graphical interface to dnf, and manage your software from there. It's fast and easy to use.

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