Window System Graphic Programs

X Window System-based applications run directly on the underlying X Window System, which supports the more complex desktops like GNOME and KDE. These applications tend to be simpler, lacking the desktop functionality found in GNOME or KDE applications. Xpaint is a paint program, much like MacPaint. You can load graphics or photographs, and then create shapes, add text, and add colors. You can use brush tools with various sizes and colors. Xfig is a drawing program, and Xmorph enables you to...

Photo Management Tools FSpot and digiKam

The F-Spot Photo Manager provides a simple and powerful way to manage, display, and import your photos and images (www.f-spot.org). Photos can be organized by different categories such as events, people, and places. You can perform standard display operations This site holds a massive amount of multimedia software for Linux, much under development sourceforge.net KDE supports an extensive set of multimedia software Many multimedia applications have been developed for GNOME Lists a wide range of...

File System Management

Files reside on physical storage devices such as hard drives, CD-ROMs, or floppy disks. The files on each storage device are organized into a file system. The storage devices on your Linux system are presented as a collection of file systems that you can manage. When you want to add a new storage device, you need to format it as a file system and then attach it to your Linux file structure. Hard drives can be divided into separate storage devices called partitions, each of which has its own...

Running Windows Software on Linux Wine

Wine is a Windows compatibility layer that will allow you to run many Windows applications natively on Linux. Though you could run the Windows OS on it, the actual Windows operating system is not required. Windows applications will run as if they were Linux applications, able to access the entire Linux file system and use Linux-connected devices. Applications that are heavily driver dependent, like graphic intensive games, most likely will not run. Others, like new readers, that do not rely on...

Running Microsoft Office on Linux Crossover

One of the primary concerns for new Linux users is what kind of access they will have to their Microsoft Office files, particularly Word files. The Linux operating system and many applications for it are designed to provide seamless access to MS Office files. The major Linux Office suites, including KOffice, OpenOffice, and StarOffice, all read and manage any Microsoft Office files. In addition, these office suites are fast approaching the same level of features and support for office tasks as...

GNOME Graphics Tools

GNOME features several powerful and easy-to-use graphic tools. Some are installed with Red Hat Fedora, whereas you can download others, such as GView and gtKam, from www .gnomefiles.org. Also, many of the KDE tools work just as effectively in GNOME and are accessible from the GNOME desktop. The gThumb application is a thumbnail image viewer that lets you browse images using thumbnails, display them, and organize them into catalogs or easy reference. See sourceforge.net for more information....

The Gnome Volume Manager

Managing DVD CD-ROMs, card readers, floppy disks, digital cameras, and other removable media is the task of the GNOME Volume Manager. This is a lower-level utility that remains transparent to the user, though how you treat removable media can be configured with the Drives and Removable Media preferences tool. The GNOME Volume Manager allows you not only to access removable media, but to access all your mounted file systems, remote and local, including any Windows shared directories accessible...

Network Talk and Messenger Clients VoIp Icq Irc Aim and Talk

You may, at times, want to communicate directly with other users on your network. You can do so with VoIP, Talk, ICQ, instant messenger, and IRC utilities, provided the other user is also logged in to a connected system at the same time (see Table 15-2). With Voice over the Internet Protocol applications, you can speak over Internet connections, talking as if on a telephone. The Talk utility operates like a two-way text messaging tool, enabling you to have a direct two-way conversation with...

Classless Interdomain Routing CIDR

Currently, the class-based organization of IP addresses is being replaced by the CIDR format. CIDR was designed for midsized networks, those between a class C and classes with numbers of hosts greater than 256 and smaller than 65,534. A class C network-based IP address using only one segment for hosts uses only one segment, an 8-bit integer, with a maximum value of 256. A class B network-based IP address uses two segments, which make up a 16-bit integer whose maximum value is 65,534. You can...