GNOME Graphics Tools

GNOME features several powerful and easy-to-use graphics tools. Some are installed with Linux, and you can download others, such as GView and Gtkam, from http gnomefiles.org. In addition, many of the KDE tools work effectively in GNOME and are accessible from the GNOME desktop. Most are available on the Ubuntu main repository. The GTHUMB application is an image viewer and browser that lets you display images using thumbnails and organize them into catalogs or easy reference. See http gthumb...

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,...

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...

Photo Management Tools FSpot and digiKam

The F-Spot photo manager (http f-spot.org) provides a simple and powerful way to manage, display, and import your photos and images (see Figure 14-1). Photos can be organized by different categories such as events, people, and places. You can perform standard display operations such as rotation or full-screen viewing, along with slide shows. Image editing support is provided. Selected photos can be directly burned to a CD (using Nautilus burning capabilities). Features include a simple and...

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...