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Beginning Fedora Desktop: Fedora 20 Edition is a complete guide to using the Fedora 20 Desktop Linux release as your daily driver for multimedia, productivity, social networking, the GNOME 3 desktop, 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 20 Desktop configuration and use.

You'll discover how to install and update the Fedora 20 Desktop, learn which applications perform which functions, how to manage software, use of the GNOME 3 and KDE desktop configuration tools, useful shell commands, and both the Fedora administration and network tools.

Get the most out of Fedora 20 Desktop -- including free Office suites, editors, e-book readers, music and video applications and codecs, email clients, Web browsers, FTP and BitTorrent clients, microblogging and IM applications -- with a copy of Beginning Fedora Desktop: Fedora 20 Edition at your side.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Fedora 20 Introduction

Abstract
The Fedora release of Linux is maintained and developed by an open source project called the Fedora Project ( http://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 http://docs.fedoraproject.org (see Table 1-1).
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Chapter 2. Installation and Upgrade

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This chapter describes the installation and upgrade procedures for Fedora 20 Linux. Fedora uses the Anaconda installation program. Designed to be simple and fast, it installs a core set of applications. A Fedora 20 installation guide is available online. First check the new Fedora installation guide at http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/20/html/Installation_Guide/index.html .
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Chapter 3. Usage Basics: Login, Desktop, and Help

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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 System 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: YUM, GNOME Software, PackageKit, 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 YUM (Yellowdog Update, Modified) software package manager. With the integration of YUM into your Fedora system, you can now think of that software as an easily installed extension of your current collection. The commonly used Fedora software repositories are listed in Table 4-2.
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Chapter 5. Office Applications and Editors

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. LibreOffice is currently the primary office suite supported by Fedora. Calligra is an office suite designed for use with KDE. The GNOME Office suite integrates GNOME applications into a productivity suite. CodeWeavers CrossOver Office provides reliable support for running Microsoft Office Windows applications directly on Linux, integrating them with KDE and GNOME. You can also download the Apache OpenOffice suite (originally, Oracle/StarOffice). For desktop publishing, especially PDF generation, you can use Scribus, a cross-platform tool available from the Fedora repository.
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Chapter 6. Graphics and Multimedia

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Chapter 7. Internet Applications: Web and FTP

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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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Chapter 8. Social Networking: Microblogging, IM, VoIP, and Social Desktop

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Fedora provides integrated social networking support for microblogging, IM (Instant Messenger), and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). To access broadcast services such as Twitter and Facebook, you can use the Gwibber application, which enables you to broadcast short messages across the Internet. Instant messenger (IM) clients allow users on the same IM system to communicate anywhere across the Internet. With VoIP applications, you can speak over Internet connections, talking as if on a phone. The GNOME Maps application displays maps for cities, as well as your current location.
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Chapter 9. GNOME 3

Abstract
The GNU Network Object Model Environment, also known as GNOME, is a powerful and versatile desktop. Currently, GNOME is supported by several distributions and is the primary desktop for Fedora. GNOME is free and released under the GNU Public License. Check www.gnome.org for a detailed description of GNOME features and enhancements, with screenshots and references.
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Chapter 10. The K Desktop Environment: KDE

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The K Desktop Environment (KDE) 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 desktop is developed and distributed by the KDE Project. KDE is open source software provided under a GNU Public License and, with its source code, is available free of charge.
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Chapter 11. Shells

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Chapter 12. Additional Desktops

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Several alternative desktops are available for use on Fedora. Table 12-1 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 KDE. You can download them from PackageKit (System Tools ➤ Software). Look for the meta package with the extension -desktop, such as xfce-desktop and cinnamon-desktop. This meta package will download the entire collection of packages for that desktop interface. Many of the desktops have their own desktop spin ISO images, which you can download and burn onto a DVD/CD. They also operate as Live CDs. The Xfce and LXDE spins can be downloaded from the Fedora Project download page. SoaS can be downloaded from its web site at http://spins.fedoraproject.org/soas . You can also install a desktop directly using the yum install command and the dektop name.
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Chapter 13. Fedora System Tools

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Fedora provides several helpful system tools for monitoring—disk management, logs, scheduling, and security (see Table 13-1).
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Chapter 14. 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 15. Network Configuration

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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. GNOME System Settings Network is the primary network configuration tool 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 wireless, for the IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. As an alternative, you can still use the older Network Manager’s Network Connections application (Sundry ➤ Network Connections). Table 15-1 lists several different network configuration tools.
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Chapter 16. Printing

Abstract
This chapter covers the printing-configuration tools: the GNOME 3 Printers tool (System Settings ➤ Printers) and the older system-config-printer tool (Sundry ➤ Print Settings). Most printers are detected for you automatically. You can use the System Settings Printers tool to turn them on or off and access their print queues. As an alternative, you can still use the older system-config-printer. Both are front ends for the Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS), which provides printing services ( www.cups.org ).
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