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Beginning Fedora Desktop: Fedora 18 Edition

Book Description

Beginning Fedora Desktop: Fedora 18 Edition is a complete guide to using the Fedora 18 Desktop Linux release as your daily driver for mail, productivity, social networking, and more. Author and Linux expert Richard Petersen delves into the operating system as a whole and offers you a complete treatment of Fedora 18 Desktop installation, configuration, and use.

You'll discover how to install Fedora 18 Desktop on any hardware, learn which applications perform which functions, how to manage software updates, tips and tricks for the GNOME 3 and KDE desktops, useful shell commands, and both the Fedora administration and network tools.

Get the most out of Fedora 18 Desktop -- including free Office suites, editors, e-book readers, music and video applications and codecs, email clients, Web and FTP browsers, microblogging and IM applications -- with a copy of Beginning Fedora Desktop: Fedora 18 Edition at your side.

What you'll learn

  • how to install Fedora 18 Desktop on any hardware

  • the available GUI choices, including KDE, GNOME, and alternative desktop environments

  • how to use word processors, spreadsheets, presentation, and e-mail software

  • how to maintain your system and back it up

  • how to participate in social networks using open source clients

  • and much more

  • Who this book is for

    Beginning Fedora Desktop: Fedora 18 Edition is for novice to intermediate users who are looking to install Fedora 18 as their primary computing environment.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Dedication
    3. Contents at a Glance
    4. Contents
    5. About the Author
    6. Introduction
    7. PART 1: Getting Started
      1. CHAPTER 1: Fedora 18 Introduction
        1. Fedora Documentation
        2. Fedora 18
        3. Fedora Live DVD
        4. USB Live Disk
        5. Fedora Logo
        6. Linux
        7. Open Source Software
        8. Linux Documentation
      2. CHAPTER 2: Installation and Upgrade
        1. Obtaining the DVDs
        2. Install Strategies: Making Use of Repositories
        3. Installation Issues
        4. Basic Install with Fedora Live Desktop DVD
        5. Quick Install with the Install DVD
        6. Installing Fedora Linux
        7. Setting Up Fedora
        8. Upgrading Fedora Linux
        9. Creating Boot Disks
        10. Booting in Rescue Mode
        11. Re-Installing the Bootloader
      3. CHAPTER 3: Usage Basics: Login, Desktop, and Help
        1. User Accounts
        2. Important Laptop Features
        3. Desktops
        4. GNOME
        5. Network Connections
        6. System Settings
        7. Accessing File Systems, Devices, and Remote Hosts
        8. Video Drivers
        9. Multimedia Support: MP3, DVD Video, and DivX
        10. Terminal Window
        11. Command-Line Interface
        12. Running Windows Software on Linux: Wine
        13. Help Resources
      4. CHAPTER 4: Installing and Updating Software: YUM, PackageKit, and RPM
        1. Software Repositories
        2. Updating Fedora: Software Update (PackageKit)
        3. Installing Software Packages
        4. PackageKit (Software)
        5. Using the RPM Fusion Repository with PackageKit
        6. YUM Extender: yumex
        7. Installing Packages with the yum Command
        8. Installing Some Popular Third-Party Software
        9. Using Repositories
        10. YUM Configuration
        11. Managing YUM Caches
        12. Manually Installing Packages with rpm
        13. Installing Source Code Applications
    8. PART 2: Applications
      1. CHAPTER 5: Office Applications and Editors
        1. LibreOffice
        2. Calligra
        3. GNOME Office Applications
        4. Running Microsoft Office on Linux: Wine and CrossOver
        5. Document Viewers (PostScript, PDF, and DVI)
        6. E-Book Readers: FBReader and Calibre
        7. Editors
        8. Database Management Systems
      2. CHAPTER 6: Graphics and Multimedia
        1. Graphics Applications
        2. Multimedia
        3. Music Applications
        4. Video Applications
        5. Sound Settings
      3. CHAPTER 7: Mail (E-Mail) and News
        1. Evolution
        2. Thunderbird
        3. GNOME Contacts
        4. The KDE Mail Client: KMail
        5. Emacs
        6. Command-Line Mail Clients
        7. Accessing Mail on Remote Mail Servers
        8. Mailing Lists
        9. MIME: /etc/mime.types
        10. Usenet News
        11. News Transport Agents
      4. CHAPTER 8: Internet Applications: Web and FTP
        1. Web Browsers
        2. Konqueror: KDE Web and FTP Access
        3. The KDE Rekonq Web Browser
        4. Epiphany
        5. Chrome
        6. Java for Linux
        7. BitTorrent Clients (Transmission)
        8. FTP Clients
      5. CHAPTER 9: Social Networking: Microblogging, IM, VoIP, and Social Desktop
        1. Microblogging: Gwibber
        2. Instant Messenger: Empathy and Pidgin
        3. Ekiga
        4. Twinkle
        5. Skype (VoIP)
        6. KDE Social Desktop
    9. PART 3: Desktops
      1. CHAPTER 10: GNOME 3
        1. The GNOME 3 Interface
        2. The GNOME Files File Manager
      2. CHAPTER 11: The K Desktop Environment: KDE
        1. The K Desktop Environment (KDE)
        2. The KDE Help Center
        3. The KDE 4 Desktop
        4. KWin: Desktop Effects
        5. KDE File Manager: Dolphin
        6. KDE Software Management: Apper
        7. KDE Configuration: KDE System Settings
        8. KDE Directories and Files
      3. CHAPTER 12: Shells
        1. The Command Line
        2. History
        3. Filename Expansion: *, ?, [ ]
        4. Standard Input/Output and Redirection
        5. Linux Files
        6. The File Structure
        7. Listing, Displaying, and Printing Files: ls, cat, more, less, and lpr
        8. Managing Directories: mkdir, rmdir, ls, cd, pwd
        9. File and Directory Operations: find, cp, mv, rm, ln
      4. CHAPTER 13: Additional Desktops
        1. The Xfce Desktop
        2. The LXDE Desktop
        3. The Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) Desktop
        4. The Mate Desktop
        5. The Cinnamon Desktop
    10. PART 4: Administration.
      1. CHAPTER 14: Fedora System Tools
        1. GNOME System Monitor
        2. Managing Processes
        3. Terminal Window Administrative Access: su
        4. Schedule Tasks
        5. System Logs
        6. Disk Usage Analyzer
        7. Virus Protection
        8. Disk Utility and Udisks
        9. Hardware Sensors
        10. SELinux: Configuration with system-config-selinux
      2. CHAPTER 15: System Administration
        1. Fedora Administrative Tools
        2. Superuser Control: the Root User
        3. system-config-authentication
        4. Date and Time
        5. User Accounts (GNOME 3 System Settings)
        6. Users and Groups Manager: system-config-users
        7. Display Configuration
        8. Bluetooth
        9. File System Access
        10. Automatic File System Mounts with /etc/fstab
        11. Editing Configuration Files Directly
        12. Backup Management: rsync, Deja-Dup, and Amanda
        13. Managing Services: systemd and service
      3. CHAPTER 16: Network Configuration
        1. Network Information: Dynamic and Static
        2. User and System-Wide Network Configuration: Network Manager and Network Connections
        3. Network Manager Manual Configuration for All Network Connections
        4. Command-Line PPP Access: wvdial
        5. Manual Wireless Configuration with Wireless Tools
        6. Setting Up Your Firewall: firewall-config
        7. Setting Up Windows Network Access: Samba
        8. Network Analysis Tools
      4. CHAPTER 17: Printing
        1. Printer URI (Universal Resource Identifier)
        2. System Settings Printers: GNOME 3 Printers Tool
        3. system-config-printer: Printing
        4. Accessing Printer Configurations
        5. Editing Printer Configurations
        6. Default System-Wide and Personal Printers
        7. Printer Classes
        8. Adding New Printers
        9. Remote Printers
        10. Linux Printers Remotely Accessed from Windows
    11. Index