Reading Documentation with Konqueror

Konqueror is not only a high-class web browser and file manager, but it also serves as a documentation reader. KDE's documentation comes in HTML format anyway, but Konqueror is capable of displaying other documentation formats like info and manpages. For example, in order to show the manpage for the Is command, just open a mini command-line window by pressing Alt-F2 and typing in that window KDE will recognize that you want to read the manpage of the Is command, open a Konqueror window, and...

Filesystem Types

Table 6-1 lists the filesystem types supported by the Linux kernel as of Version 2.4.10. New filesystem types are always being added to the system, and experimental drivers for several filesystems not listed here are available. To find out what filesystem types your kernel supports, look at the file proc filesystems. You can select which filesystem types to support when building your kernel see Section 7.4.2 in Chapter 7. Another journaling filesystem for Linux that is downward-compatible with...

Making Backups

Making backups of your system is an important way to protect yourself from data corruption or loss in case you have problems with your hardware, or you make a mistake such as deleting important files inadvertently. During your experiences with Linux, you're likely to make quite a few customizations to the system that can't be restored by simply reinstalling from your original installation media. However, if you happen to have your original Linux floppies or CD-ROM handy, it may not be necessary...

The GIMP

The GIMP (which expands to either GNU Image Manipulation Program or General Image Manipulation Program and is often written with the definite article) specializes in image manipulation like the ImageMagick package described in the last section. But while ImageMagick's strength is batch processing, GIMP does everything via its GUI. The GIMP is often cited as one of the most impressive and successful products for Linux (and other Unix versions). People who use image manipulation programs...

Image Magick

ImageMagick is a suite of programs that convert and manipulate graphics files from the command line. It is also well suited for batch conversions that is, converting many files at once. In addition, ImageMagick includes PerlMagick, a binding that lets you invoke the ImageMagick utilities from the Perl programming language. It comes with most Linux distributions if yours does not have it, you can get it from ImageMagick consists of a library and a number of utilities display is a graphical...

GPhoto the Digital Camera Tool

GPhoto, the GNOME digital camera tool, lets you copy pictures from a digital camera onto your hard drive, organize them, and turn them into prebuilt web page galleries. gPhoto does take some setting up, and the process will vary depending on the camera you are using. The first time you run gPhoto, it will ask you what model of camera you are using, and what port to use to access it. If you have run gPhoto before and want to set that information now, select Configure, Select Port, and then...

Interface Building Tools

A number of applications and libraries let you easily generate a user interface for your applications under the X Window System. If you do not want to bother with the complexity of the X programming interface, using one of these simple interface-building tools may be the answer for you. There are also tools for producing a text-based interface for programs that don't require X. The classic X programming model has attempted to be as general as possible, providing only the bare minimum of...