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Fedora Draft Documentation

User Guide

Using Fedora 17 for common desktop computing tasks

Edition 17.0.1


Fedora Documentation Project

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The Fedora User Guide is focused on the end-user looking to accomplish standard desktop computer user tasks, such as browsing the web, reading and sending email, and doing office productivity work.

1. Document Conventions
1.1. Typographic Conventions
1.2. Pull-quote Conventions
1.3. Notes and Warnings
2. We Need Feedback!
1. Purpose and Audience
2. 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 Bar
3.1.2. The Desktop Area
3.1.3. The Activities Overview
3.1.4. Notifications and The Messaging Tray
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
6. Media
6.1. ISO images
6.2. Writing CDs or DVDs
6.2.1. Using Brasero in GNOME
6.2.2. Using K3b to burn media in KDE
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. Introducing the NetworkManager
7.2. Using the NetworkManager Applet in GNOME
7.2.1. Connecting to a Wireless Network
7.2.2. Advanced Configurations
7.3. Using The KNetworkManager Applet in KDE
7.3.1. Connecting to a Wireless Network
7.3.2. Advanced Configurations
7.4. Mobile Broadband
7.4.1. Create a Mobile Broadband network connection
7.4.2. Setup a Mobile Broadband connection
7.5. Editing IPv4 and IPv6 Settings
7.6. NetworkManager in a CLI
7.6.1. nmcli
7.6.2. nm-tools
7.7. More Information About NetworkManager
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. Empathy
9.5.1. Configuring Empathy
9.5.2. Using Empathy
9.6. Pidgin
9.6.1. Configuring Pidgin
9.6.2. Using Pidgin
9.7. Kopete
9.7.1. Configuring Kopete
9.8. XChat
9.8.1. Configuring XChat
9.8.2. Using XChat
9.9. Konversation
9.9.1. Configuring Konversation
9.9.2. Using Konversation
9.10. ChatZilla
9.10.1. Installing ChatZilla
9.10.2. Configuring ChatZilla
9.10.3. Using ChatZilla
10. Printing
10.1. Adding a Single Printer
10.1.1. Adding a USB printer
10.1.2. Adding a network printer
10.2. Connecting to a Print Server
10.2.1. Connecting to a Print Server in Gnome
10.2.2. Connecting to a Print Server in KDE
10.2.3. Connecting to a Print Server from the CUPS Configuration Files
10.3. Send a Print Job
11. Office Applications
11.1. Office Suites Overview
11.2. Word Processing
11.2.1. LibreOffice Writer
11.2.2. KWord
11.2.3. Abiword
11.3. Spreadsheets
11.3.1. LibreOffice Calc
11.3.2. KSpread
11.3.3. Gnumeric
11.4. Presentations
11.4.1. LibreOffice Impress
11.4.2. KPresenter
11.5. gLabels
12. Financial software
12.1. GnuCash
12.1.1. Configuring GnuCash
12.1.2. Using GnuCash
12.1.3. Setting up online banking
12.2. KMyMoney
12.2.1. Configuring KMyMoney
12.2.2. Setting up online banking
13. Playing multimedia
13.1. The Fedora Project's approach to multimedia support
13.2. GNOME multimedia applications
13.2.1. Cheese Webcam Booth
13.2.2. Rhythmbox Music Player
13.2.3. Audio CD Extractor (Sound Juicer)
13.2.4. Totem Movie Player
13.2.5. Brasero
13.2.6. GNOME multimedia applications in the repository
13.3. KDE multimedia applications
13.3.1. Amarok
13.3.2. Dragon Player
13.3.3. JuK
13.3.4. KMix
13.3.5. KsCD
13.3.6. K3b
13.3.7. Multimedia applications in the repository
13.4. MP3 players
13.4.1. Grip
13.4.2. iPod connectivity
13.5. Further information
14. Playing games
14.1. Default GNOME games
14.1.1. Additional GNOME games
14.1.2. How to play the games
14.2. Default KDE games
15. Managing photos
15.1. Connecting Your camera
15.2. Managing photos on the GNOME desktop
15.2.1. Organizing and viewing photos
15.3. Managing photos on the KDE desktop
15.3.1. Importing photos with digiKam
15.3.2. Organising photos with digiKam
16. Sharing your Desktop
16.1. GNOME
16.1.1. Viewing Other Users Desktop
16.2. KDE
16.3. Other Desktops
17. Customizing your Desktop
17.1. Configuring the language and keyboard
17.1.1. Choosing an input method
17.1.2. Configuring the language and keyboard in GNOME
17.1.3. Configuring the language and keyboard in KDE
17.2. Changing the Theme
17.2.1. Changing the Theme in GNOME
17.2.2. Changing the Theme in KDE
17.3. Changing the Background
17.3.1. Changing the Background in GNOME
17.3.2. Changing the Background in KDE
17.4. Customizing File Browsing Behavior
17.4.1. Customizing File Browsing Behavior in GNOME
17.4.2. Customizing File Browsing Behavior in KDE
17.5. Compiz-Fusion
17.6. Widgets
17.6.1. GDesklets
17.6.2. KDE Plasmoids
18. Managing software
18.1. Using PackageKit
18.1.1. Installing Software in GNOME
18.1.2. Removing software in GNOME
18.1.3. Installing Software in KDE
18.1.4. Removing Software in KDE
18.1.5. PackageKit Settings
18.2. Using the Command Line Interface
18.2.1. Installing software
18.2.2. Removing Software
18.2.3. Updating Software with Yum
A. Contributors
B. Revision History