Some Important KDE Applications

KDE ships with a substantial number of applications. Most of these tools are small, but some are much larger. Some of the more noteworthy of these tools include:

KDE Control Center This tool is KDE's main configuration program. I've referred to it in preceding sections as a way to adjust various KDE defaults, but those sections have barely scratched the surface of what the tool can do.

Konsole This program is KDE's version of the veritable xterm program. From within the Konsole, you can run a shell, run text-based programs, and launch GUI programs by name.

KMail This program is KDE's default mail reader. It supports local mailboxes, the Post Office Protocol (POP), and the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) for receiving mail. It handles attachments and

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Games KDE includes a large number of games, most of which are fairly simple, such as KAsteroids and KPoker.

KEdit and KWrite These programs are two KDE-based text editors. KWrite is the more sophisticated of these two editors, but neither is as powerful as a behemoth like Emacs.

KPaint This program is a simple graphics package. It supports the creation of simple shapes, drawing lines, and so on. It can't hold a candle to the power of the GIMP (described in Chapter 8, "Miscellaneous User Tools"), but it's quicker and may be adequate for some relatively straightforward tasks.

KPPP This program is a GUI interface to handle the initiation and termination of Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) Internet connections, as used with dial-up ISPs.

KOffice This is a collection of programs that provide common office tools—a word processor, a spreadsheet, and so on. Chapter 7 covers these tools in more detail.

I recommend you take some time to discover what applications are available from the K Menu. Many of these programs aren't actually KDE applications, but you shouldn't let that deter you from using them. Chances are you'll find lots of interesting little programs, both associated with KDE and not. Even if you decide you'd prefer to use GNOME or some other environment, you can use KDE applications from another environment.

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