KDE comes with a large number of KDE-compliant applications, far too many to list here. They vary in quality, and quite a number are simply KDE front ends to well-known tools. The best are excellent, others are very promising, and some are not particularly useful:
■ The kwrite application is an excellent graphical text editor with syntax coloring and highlighting for a variety of languages. It can export to an HTML file showing the syntax highlighting, and it shows outlines and document structure by default (so that you can collapse or expand loops in programming languages or tagged sections in HTML documents). Even so, it is probably unlikely to tempt many people away from emacs, for example.
■ In something of the same spirit, the KOffice programs— kword, kspread, and so on — have progressed enormously and are very usable, but are unlikely to tempt many people away from using OpenOffice, simply because the ability to import Microsoft Office documents lags somewhat behind.
■ Every KDE user has used the konsole terminal emulator, an exceptionally good and configurable terminal emulator. A nice feature is that simply by clicking an item in the File menu you can bring up mc (the Midnight Commander text-based file manager) in the current directory. Similarly, you can start an ssh session from the same menu, which remembers previous user and hostname settings. It even supports "print screen'' — a useful feature.
■ SUSE's help system (susehelp) is well integrated into the rest of the desktop. We discuss this further in Chapter 5.
■ The rekall database system provides a desktop database front end roughly comparable to Microsoft Access.
■ KDE's kmail, kaddressbook, and korganizer programs do exactly what you would expect, and do it well, but we often hear negative comparisons in relation to GNOME's Evolution. Work is currently going on to combine these applications into a unified client to the Kolab project's mail and groupware server.
■ The k3b application is a front end to the various programs needed for creating and burning ISO images to CD or DVD.
■ The kooka application is well-featured for controlling a scanner.
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