Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ten cool things to do with Fedora 12 Linux

Just because Fedora is a serious operating system doesn't mean it can’t be fun too. Here is a list of ten fun and useful things to do with Fedora.

1. Customize your desktop — Not only does Linux support multiple desktop environments including GNOME, KDE, Xfce, and Moblin, but you can customize the look and feel of each desktop environment.

2. Launch Fedora 12 live on your PC — Insert the live CD that, reboot, and start using Fedora from nearly any PC. Fedora won’t touch the contents of your computer unless you tell it to. If you like Fedora, select the Install button to install Fedora to your hard disk.

3. Run thousands of applications — From the official Fedora repository or a boatload of other repositories, you can choose from thousands of free applications, including hundreds of games, with just a few mouse clicks.

4. Get online — Get on the Internet using the NetworkManager and then browse the Web, send e-mail, chat, and even video conference. With NetworkManager, even getting connected to wireless networks is simple. Share files using FTP or Bittorrent swarming network transfer software.

5. Manage music collections — Launch Rhythmbox to gather, organize, and play music from your hard disk, CDs, or network file systems. Try new ways to stream audio and video.

6. Publish your ideas — Choose from dozens of publishing tools to create documents ( Writer), hard-copy page layouts (Scribus), and vector graphics (Inkscape). Then publish your work on paper or the Web.

7. Share an Internet connection, securely — Fedora can be set up as a router and a firewall. With a home or small office LAN setup, you can use Fedora to share an Internet connection among multiple Linux, Windows, or Mac systems. Then set up a firewall in Fedora to protect your LAN from intruders.

8. Run Windows applications or Windows itself — By adding the wine software packages, you can run many Windows applications right from a Fedora desktop. Use virtualization to run Windows, UNIX, or other versions of Linux on the same PC.

9. Create a home server — Learn to configure a Web server (Cha, FTP server and a mail server. Then use that knowledge to create a public Internet server. Your server can run from your home Internet connection. Or, you can share printers, disks, and other resources between all your home computers.

10. Create presentations — Start up Impress to create presentations from scratch or using templates. Tailor presentations to display as slide shows, view onscreen, or print on paper.

Source of Information :  Wiley - Adobe Fedora Bible 2010 Edition Featuring Fedora Linux
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