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Get the most out of Fedora 28 Desktop, including free Office suites, editors, e-book readers, music and video applications. In addition to those features, you’ll also work with codecs, email clients, web browsers, FTP and BitTorrent clients, VoIP clients, and IM applications. The major Fedora 28 desktop spins are covered in detail, including the Plasma desktop (KDE), Cinnamon, Mate-Compiz, LXDE, Xfce, and LXQT.

This is your complete guide to using the Fedora 28 Desktop Linux release as your daily driver for multimedia, productivity, social networking, administrative tasks, and more. Author and Linux expert Richard Petersen delves into the operating system as a whole and offers you a complete treatment of Fedora 28 Desktop configuration and use.

With Beginning Fedora Desktop at your side, you’ll discover how to install and update the Fedora 28 Desktop, as well as access various software repositories. You’ll also learn which applications perform which functions, how to manage software, use of the desktop configuration tools, useful shell commands, and both the system administration and network tools.

What You'll Learn

Review the available desktop choices, including GNOME, KDE, and alternative desktops

Administer your system, add users, manage printers and perform backupsConfigure network connections and firewalls with FirewallDAccess network resources with Samba

Who This Book Is For

Novice to intermediate users who are looking to install Fedora 20 as their primary computing environment.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Getting Started

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Fedora 28 Introduction

Abstract
The Fedora release of Linux is maintained and developed by an open source project called the Fedora Project ( https://fedoraproject.org ). The release consists entirely of open source software. Development is carried out using contributions from Linux developers. The project is designed to work much like other open source projects, with releases keeping pace with the course of rapid online development. The Fedora Project features detailed documentation of certain topics, such as installation and desktop user guides, at https://docs.fedoraproject.org (see Table 1-1).
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Chapter 2. Installation and Upgrade

Abstract
This chapter describes the installation and upgrade procedures for Fedora Linux 28. Fedora uses the Anaconda installation program. Designed to be simple and fast, it installs a core set of applications. A Fedora Linux 28 installation guide is available online. First check the new Fedora installation guide at https://docs.fedoraproject.org/f28/install-guide/ .
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Chapter 3. Usage Basics: Login, Desktop, and Help

Abstract
To start using Fedora, you must know how to access your Fedora system and, once you are on the system, how to use and configure the desktop. A set of desktop GNOME Settings tools lets you easily configure such features as network access, desktop background, display resolution, and power usage. Access is supported through a graphical login. A simple screen appears with menus for selecting login options and your username.
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Chapter 4. Installing and Updating Software: DNF, GNOME Software, Packages, DnfDragora, and RPM

Abstract
Fedora software is distributed through an online Fedora software repository. Table 4-1 lists Fedora software information and site locations. Software is added to your system by accessing software repositories with the DNF package manager. The DNF package manager replaces the YUM (Yellowdog Update, Modified) software package manager. Use the dnf command in place of yum. Options remain much the same, and you can still use the yum command instead. The commonly used Fedora software repositories are listed in Table 4-2.
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Applications

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Chapter 5. Office Applications, Email, Editors, and Databases

Abstract
Several office suites are now available for Fedora (see Table 5-1). These include professional-level word processors, presentation managers, drawing tools, and spreadsheets. The freely available versions are described in this chapter.
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Chapter 6. Graphics and Multimedia

Abstract
The Fedora repositories provide an extensive variety of graphic and multimedia applications, including image viewers, advanced image-manipulation programs like GIMP, music and CD players like Rhythmbox, and video players like Totem and VLC. Graphics tools available for use under Linux are listed in Table 6-2. Additionally, there is strong support for multimedia tasks from video and DVD to sound and music editing (see Tables 6-5 and 6-6).
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Chapter 7. Internet Applications: Web and FTP

Abstract
Fedora provides powerful web and FTP clients for accessing the Internet. Many are installed automatically and are ready to use when you first start up your Linux system. Linux also includes full Java development support, letting you run and construct Java applets. This chapter covers some of the more popular web, Java, and FTP clients available on Linux. Web and FTP clients connect to sites that run servers, using web pages and FTP files to provide services to users.
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Desktops

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Chapter 8. The GNOME Desktop

Abstract
The GNU Network Object Model Environment, also known as GNOME, is a powerful and easy-to-use environment consisting primarily of a panel, a desktop, and a set of desktop tools with which program interfaces can be constructed. GNOME is designed to provide a flexible platform for the development of powerful applications. Currently, GNOME is supported by several distributions and is the primary interface for Fedora Linux. GNOME is free and released under the GNU Public License. GTK+ is the widget set used for GNOME applications. The GTK+ widget set is entirely free under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The LGPL enables developers to use the widget set with proprietary software, as well as free software (the GPL is restricted to free software).
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Chapter 9. Plasma Desktop: The K Desktop Environment (KDE)

Abstract
Plasma is the desktop developed and distributed by KDE (the K Desktop Environment). It is often referred to as simply the KDE desktop. Plasma includes the standard desktop features, such as a window manager and a file manager, as well as an extensive set of applications that cover most Linux tasks. The KDE Plasma version of Fedora Linux is called the Fedora KDE Plasma Desktop and is available as a separate desktop DVD from https://​spins.​fedoraproject.​org/. The Plasma desktop is developed and distributed by the KDE Project. KDE is open source software provided under a GNU Public License and is available free of charge along with its source code. KDE Plasma development is managed by the KDE Core Team. You can install it as an alternate desktop on a GNOME system by installing plasma-desktop.
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Chapter 10. Shells

Abstract
The shell is a command interpreter that provides a line-oriented interactive and noninteractive interface between the user and the operating system. You enter commands on a command line. They are interpreted by the shell and then sent as instructions to the operating system (interactive). The command-line interface is accessible from GNOME and KDE through a terminal window. You can also place commands in a script file, to be consecutively executed much like a program (non-interactive). This interpretive capability of the shell provides for many sophisticated features. For example, the shell has a set of file-expansion characters that can generate filenames. The shell can redirect input and output, as well as run operations in the background, freeing you to perform other tasks.
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Chapter 11. Additional Desktops

Abstract
Several alternative desktops are available for use on Fedora. Table 11-1 lists several popular alternative desktops that you can use for Fedora. You can use these desktops as additional ones that you can install on your Fedora system. At the login screen, the Sessions menu lets you choose which desktop you want to use, just as with Plasma. You can install them from with the dnf install command and the desktop name. Some can also be installed with the Packages or Dragora software managers. Look for the meta package with desktop in the name, such as xfdesktop and cinnamon-desktop. Such meta packages will download the entire collection of packages for that desktop interface. The desktops have their own desktop spin ISO images, which you can download and burn onto a DVD or USB. They also operate as Live Workstation DVD/USBs. The spins can be downloaded from the Fedora Spins download page at https://spins.fedoraproject.org .
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Administration

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Chapter 12. Fedora System Tools

Abstract
Fedora provides several helpful system tools for monitoring, disk management, logs, and security (see Table 12-1).
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Chapter 13. System Administration

Abstract
To make effective use of your Fedora Linux system, you must know how to configure certain features and services. Administrative operations, such as adding users and installing software, can be performed with user-friendly system tools. This chapter discusses basic system administration operations that you need to get your system up and running, as well as to perform basic maintenance, such as adding new users. You can make changes or additions easily, using the administrative tools described in this chapter.
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Chapter 14. Network Configuration

Abstract
Network configuration is managed by Network Manager. Network configuration differs, depending on the kind of connection you have, such as a wired connection (Ethernet), a DSL modem, or a wireless connection. The GNOME Settings Wi-Fi and Network tabs are the primary network configuration tools for Fedora, which can be used to configure all your network connections manually. You can configure a variety of network connections, including wired settings, DSL, and WiFi, for the IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. Table 14-1 lists several different network configuration tools.
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Backmatter

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