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First time Fedora user. How to update?

asked 2016-03-11 02:14:50 -0500

AdventureTime gravatar image

Hi there,

It's been a while since I used Linux as a desktop operating system. I'm currently a Mac user. I definitely need a different environment for working because for me, OS X is for video editing, watching movies, etc.. So, before I am an Ubuntu user. Now, since I love to use CentOS for my servers, I evaluated OpenSUSE (Leap, latest version) and Fedora (latest version). I really prefer GNOME because it looks like OS X. But OpenSUSE's default environment is KDE which feels like Windows. As for Fedora, it uses GNOME by default which is awesome. Now, I don't know how to update both operating systems. In Ubuntu, it has a built-in software updater. How about for Fedora and OpenSUSE? Also, the new GNOME is a bit confusing. The GNOME that I was familiar with was the version of GNOME in Ubuntu 8-9. OpenSUSE Tumbleweed but I prefer to download it via BitTorrent because HTTP is slow. Although I thought I'll be able to download a current version, apparently they're just snapshots so I think I'd go for Leap. When using CentOS, I just love yum because it is so organized specifically in terms of installation of software and displaying what's happening unlike apt-get. Plus, it is rock solid because of Red Hat. That is why I really wanted to use either Fedora or OpenSUSE. Also, with Parallels 12, it seems that Parallels Tools is not compatible with the latest version of Fedora that is why I decided to use VMware Fusion Pro. So far, everything is good.

I'll be waiting for your reply.


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If you love yum, you will love dnf which is the replacement for yum since Fedora 22. So, answer to your question is: sudo dnf upgrade. That's all.

Alternatively (but I personally don't recommend it), there is Gnome Software (gnome-software) that installs and updates packages, similar to what you describe from Ubuntu...


florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-11 09:31:48 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-11 03:14:40 -0500

Hi There's a graphic UI to do this (yumex) or you could just simply follow this steps and make DNF do all the dirty job in the background for you.

BTW, you can also install Gnome on OpenSuse or KDE on Fedora, it's just a matter of choice (and that's the great of Linux!), for instance I use Cinnamon on my Fedora box, which I prefer as Gnome is now too "user friendly" for me.

Kind regards

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answered 2016-03-11 03:09:20 -0500

anishjp gravatar image

To install & update softwares in Fedora, you can use either the graphical "Software" application or from the terminal dnf install package_name dnf update

If you are familiar with yum, its easy to use dnf.

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dnf update: update is a deprecated alias for the Upgrade Command. So, to check whether there are updates available, use dnf check-update, and to check and possibly install them use dnf upgrade.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-11 09:34:26 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-11 12:52:20 -0500

There are a number of ways updates can be installed. Fedora come with a graphical package manager or updates can be installed from the command line. The recommended methods of update are by Yumex or the command line. I prefer a command line. Open up a terminal and become root. Update all packages with command dnf --refresh upgrade

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