The Firefox Web Browser

Ubuntu uses Firefox 3.0 as its primary browser. Firefox is a streamlined browser featuring fast Web access. Firefox is based on the Netscape mozilla core source code. Firefox is an X Window System application you can operate from any desktop, including GNOME, KDE, and Xfce. Firefox is installed by default with both a menu entry in the main menu's Internet menu and an icon on the different desktop panels. When opened (Figure 16-1), Firefox displays an area at the top of the screen for entering a...

Running Microsoft Office on Linux Cross Over and Wine

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.org, and StarOffice, all read and manage any MS Office files. In addition, these office suites are fast approaching the same level of features and support for office tasks as...

Running Windows Software on Linux Wine

Wine is a Windows compatibility layer that allows you to run many Windows applications natively on Linux. Though you could run the Windows OS on Wine, the actual Windows OS 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, such as graphics-intensive games, may not run. Others that do not rely on any specialized drivers may run very well,...

Accessing Devices Remotely

To access devices such as sound cards, digital cameras, or DVD video receivers as a remote user, you will need to modify the PolicyKit permissions. Choose System Administration Authorizations to open the PolicyKit client with a sidebar showing an expandable tree. Near the end of the tree is a section for devices that will have the heading hal. You'll also see subsections for storage devices and device-access. Under device-access, you will find entries for many media devices such as video...

Motherboard RAID Support dmraid

With kernel 2.6, hardware RAID devices are supported with the Device-Mapper Software RAID support tool (dmraid), which currently supports a wide range of motherboard RAID devices. Keep in mind that many hardware RAID devices are, in effect, really software RAID (fakeraid). Though you configure them in the motherboard BIOS, the drivers operate as software, like any other drivers. In this respect, they could be considered less flexible than a Linux software RAID solution, and they could also...