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Fedora 12

User Guide

Using Fedora 12 for common desktop computing tasks

Edition 1.0

Fedora Documentation Project

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1. Document Conventions
1.1. Typographic Conventions
1.2. Pull-quote Conventions
1.3. Notes and Warnings
2. We Need Feedback!
1. About this document
1. The Fedora desktops
2. Logging into the desktop
2.1. Logging in
2.2. Logging in: a technical explanation
2.3. I Cannot Login: HELP!
3. Tour of the GNOME desktop
3.1. The GNOME desktop
3.1.1. The top menu panel
3.1.2. The desktop area
3.1.3. The window list panel
4. Tour of the KDE desktop
4.1. The KDE desktop
4.2. The KDE desktop area
4.3. The KDE panel
4.3.1. The Kickoff Application Launcher
5. Tour of the Xfce desktop
5.1. The Xfce 4 desktop
5.1.1. The Xfce 4 menu panel
5.1.2. The Xfce 4 desktop area
5.1.3. The Xfce 4 window list panel
6. Media
6.1. ISO images
6.2. Writing CDs or DVDs
6.2.1. Using CD/DVD Creator to burn media in GNOME
6.2.2. Using K3b to burn media in KDE
6.2.3. Using GnomeBaker in Gnome
6.3. Making bootable USB media
6.3.1. USB image creation in Windows
6.3.2. USB image creation in Fedora
7. Connecting to the Internet
7.1. GNOME
7.2. KDE
7.3. Configuring PPPoE
7.4. DHCP connection
7.5. Static IP address
7.6. NetworkManager
7.7. Wireless
7.8. Remote desktop
8. Accessing the Web
8.1. Browsing web pages
8.1.1. Using Firefox
8.1.2. Using Konqueror
8.2. Transferring files
8.2.1. Using FileZilla
8.2.2. FTP on the command line
9. Communications
9.1. Evolution
9.1.1. Configuring Evolution
9.1.2. Using Evolution
9.2. Thunderbird
9.2.1. Configuring Thunderbird
9.2.2. Moving your Thunderbird profile data from Windows to Fedora
9.2.3. Using Thunderbird
9.3. Claws Mail
9.3.1. Configuring Claws Mail
9.3.2. Using Claws Mail
9.4. Kmail
9.4.1. Configuring Kmail
9.4.2. Using Kmail
9.5. Pidgin
9.5.1. Configuring Pidgin
9.5.2. Using Pidgin
9.6. Kopete
9.6.1. Configuring Kopete
9.7. XChat
9.7.1. Configuring XChat
9.7.2. Using XChat
9.8. Konversation
9.8.1. Configuring Konversation
9.8.2. Using Konversation
9.9. ChatZilla
9.9.1. Installing ChatZilla
9.9.2. Configuring ChatZilla
9.9.3. Using ChatZilla
10. Office tools
10.1. applications
10.1.1. Impress
10.1.2. Calc
10.1.3. Writer
10.2. KOffice
10.2.1. KPresenter
10.2.2. KSpread
10.2.3. KWord
10.3. GNOME office applications
10.3.1. AbiWord
10.3.2. Gnumeric
10.3.3. gLabels
11. Financial software
11.1. GnuCash
11.1.1. Configuring GnuCash
11.1.2. Using GnuCash
11.1.3. Setting up online banking
11.2. KMyMoney
11.2.1. Configuring KMyMoney
11.2.2. Using KMyMoney
11.2.3. Setting up online banking
12. Playing multimedia
12.1. The Fedora Project's approach to multimedia support
12.2. Cheese Webcam Booth
12.2.1. Using Cheese Webcam Booth
12.3. Rhythmbox Music Player
12.3.1. Using Rhythmbox Music Player
12.4. Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer)
12.4.1. Using Sound Juicer
12.5. Sound Recorder
12.5.1. Using Sound Recorder
12.6. Totem Movie Player
12.6.1. Using Totem Movie Player
12.7. GNOME multimedia applications
12.7.1. CD/DVD Creator
12.8. GNOME multimedia applications in the repository
12.8.1. Brasero
12.8.2. GNOMEBaker
12.9. KDE multimedia applications
12.9.1. Amarok
12.9.2. Dragon Player
12.9.3. JuK
12.9.4. Kaffeine
12.9.5. KMix
12.9.6. KsCD
12.10. Multimedia Programs in the Repository
12.10.1. K3b
12.11. MP3 Players
12.11.1. Grip
12.11.2. iPod Connectivity
12.12. Further Information
13. Playing games
13.1. Default GNOME games
13.2. Default KDE games
14. Managing photos
14.1. Connecting Your camera
14.2. Managing photos on the GNOME desktop
14.2.1. Organizing and importing photos
14.3. Managing photos on the KDE desktop
14.3.1. Importing photos with digiKam
14.3.2. Organising photos with digiKam
15. Sharing your desktop
15.1. GNOME
15.2. KDE
15.3. Other desktops
16. Customizing the desktop
16.1. Changing the theme
16.1.1. Changing the theme in GNOME
16.1.2. Changing the theme in KDE
16.2. Changing the background
16.2.1. Changing the background in GNOME
16.2.2. Changing the background in KDE
16.3. Customizing file browsing behavior
16.3.1. Customizing file browsing behavior in GNOME
16.3.2. Customizing file browsing behavior in KDE
16.4. Compiz-Fusion
16.5. Widgets>
16.5.1. GDesklets
16.5.2. KDE plasmoids
17. Managing software
17.1. Using PackageKit
17.1.1. Installing software
17.1.2. Removing software
17.2. Using the command line interface
17.2.1. Installing software
17.2.2. Removing software
17.3. Advanced Yum
17.3.1. Installing new software with Yum
17.3.2. Updating software with Yum
17.3.3. Removing software with Yum
A. Contributors and production methods
A.1. Contributors
A.2. Production methods
B. Revision History