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 CYAN   MAGENTA  YELLOW   BLACK  PANTONE 123 C Books for professionals by professionals ® Companion eBook Available Beginning Fedora: Dear Reader, Shashank Sharma and Keir Thomas Companion eBook THE APRESS ROADMAP Beginning Fedora: From Novice to Professional See last page for details on $10 eBook version From Bash to Z Shell: Conquering the Command Line Practical MythTV: Building a PVR and Media Center PC Beginning Fedora From Novice to Professional The complete guide to Fedora—includes everything you need to know to master this popular Linux-based operating system The Definitive Guide to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server The Definitive Guide to Samba 4, Second Edition ISBN-13: 978-1-59059-855-9 ISBN-10: 1-59059-855-5 53999 US $39.99 INCLUDED Sharma, Thomas www.apress.com Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional The Definitive Guide to Linux Network Programming Fedora Keir Thomas In recent years, Fedora has emerged as one of the most powerful, innovative, and popular Linux distributions on the planet Touting an impressive array of applications, an active, well-organized development process, and a highly participatory user community, Fedora is ideal for novices wishing to make their first foray into Linux, yet still powerful enough to serve the needs of even the most advanced users This book begins with an introduction to Linux fundamentals, before providing an illustrated, step-by-step installation guide for Fedora This is followed by a troubleshooting chapter for any problems that may arise You’ll also learn how to configure common hardware components under Fedora, such as printers, network cards, and digital cameras Following this, we spend time explaining how to secure your new Fedora installation To help you quickly begin using Fedora as an all-purpose desktop, we show you how to configure your system for listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, and editing images You’ll also learn how to create text documents, spreadsheets, and databases using OpenOffice.org, a powerful open source office solution We also introduce Evolution, an enterprise-grade e-mail client Finally, we delve into the heart of Linux: the powerful command-line interface You’ll learn how to take complete control of your system—managing processes, installing software, adding and removing users, backing up data, optimizing your system, and much, much more The book is packed with tips and hints to help you get the most out of the Fedora experience, and includes several appendixes for quickly referencing Linux terms, BASH commands, and where to look for further help Beginning From Novice to Professional Shashank Sharma The EXPERT’s VOIce ® in Open Source Shashank Sharma and Keir Thomas Shelve in Linux/Fedora User level: Beginner–Intermediate 781590 598559 www.it-ebooks.info this print for content only—size & color not accurate spine = 1.043" 552 page count 8555fmfinal.qxd 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page i Beginning Fedora From Novice to Professional The complete guide to Fedora—includes everything you need to know to master this popular Linux-based operating system Shashank Sharma and Keir Thomas www.it-ebooks.info 8555fmfinal.qxd 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page ii Beginning Fedora: From Novice to Professional Copyright © 2007 by Shashank Sharma and Keir Thomas All rights reserved No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner and the publisher ISBN-13 (pbk): 978-1-59059-855-9 ISBN-10 (pbk): 1-59059-855-5 Printed and bound in the United States of America Trademarked names may appear in this book Rather than use a trademark symbol with every occurrence of a trademarked name, we use the names only in an editorial fashion and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement of the trademark Lead Editor: Jason Gilmore Technical Reviewer: Paul Frields Editorial Board: Steve Anglin, Ewan Buckingham, Gary Cornell, Jonathan Gennick, Jason Gilmore, Jonathan Hassell, Chris Mills, Matthew Moodie, Jeffrey Pepper, Ben Renow-Clarke, Dominic Shakeshaft, Matt Wade, Tom Welsh Project Manager: Tracy Brown Collins Copy Edit Manager: Nicole Flores Copy Editor: Damon Larson Assistant Production Director: Kari Brooks-Copony Production Editor and Artist: Katie Stence Compositor: Linda Weidemann, Wolf Creek Press Proofreader: Lori Bring Indexer: John Collin Cover Designer: Kurt Krames Manufacturing Director: Tom Debolski Distributed to the book trade worldwide by Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 233 Spring Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013 Phone 1-800-SPRINGER, fax 201-348-4505, e-mail orders-ny@springer-sbm.com, or visit http://www.springeronline.com For information on translations, please contact Apress directly at 2855 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 600, Berkeley, CA 94705 Phone 510-549-5930, fax 510-549-5939, e-mail info@apress.com, or visit http://www.apress.com The information in this book is distributed on an “as is” basis, without warranty Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this work, neither the author(s) nor Apress shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this work www.it-ebooks.info 8555fmfinal.qxd 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page iii Contents at a Glance About the Authors xix About the Technical Reviewer xxi Acknowledgments xxiii Introduction xxv PART ■■■ Introducing the World of Linux ■CHAPTER Welcome! ■CHAPTER A History and Politics Lesson 11 ■CHAPTER The Realities of Running Linux 19 PART ■■■ Installing Fedora ■CHAPTER Preinstallation Steps 25 ■CHAPTER Installing Fedora 33 ■CHAPTER Solving Installation Problems 57 PART ■■■ The No-Nonsense Getting Started Guide ■CHAPTER Booting Fedora for the First Time 69 ■CHAPTER Getting Everything Up and Running 81 ■CHAPTER How to Secure Your Computer 113 ■CHAPTER 10 Personalizing Fedora: Getting Everything Just Right 127 ■CHAPTER 11 Fedora Replacements for Windows Programs 147 ■CHAPTER 12 Managing Your Files 167 iii www.it-ebooks.info 8555fmfinal.qxd 7/11/07 PART 1:33 PM ■■■ Page iv The Shell and Beyond ■CHAPTER 13 Introducing the BASH Shell 183 ■CHAPTER 14 Understanding Linux Files and Users 197 ■CHAPTER 15 Working with Text Files 217 ■CHAPTER 16 Taking Control of the System 231 ■CHAPTER 17 Cool Shell Tricks 241 PART ■■■ Multimedia ■CHAPTER 18 Digital Music 249 ■CHAPTER 19 Movies and Multimedia 259 ■CHAPTER 20 Image Editing 269 PART ■■■ Office Tasks ■CHAPTER 21 Making the Move to OpenOffice.org 287 ■CHAPTER 22 OpenOffice.org Overview 295 ■CHAPTER 23 In Depth: Writer 309 ■CHAPTER 24 In Depth: Calc 319 ■CHAPTER 25 In Depth: Impress 327 ■CHAPTER 26 In Depth: Base 337 ■CHAPTER 27 In Depth: Evolution 345 PART ■■■ Keeping Your System Running ■CHAPTER 28 Installing and Removing Software 363 ■CHAPTER 29 Managing Users 391 ■CHAPTER 30 Optimizing Your System 399 ■CHAPTER 31 Backing Up Data 417 ■CHAPTER 32 Scheduling Tasks 427 ■CHAPTER 33 Accessing Computers Remotely 433 ■APPENDIX A Glossary of Linux Terms 447 ■APPENDIX B BASH Command Index 465 ■APPENDIX C Getting Further Help 475 ■INDEX 483 www.it-ebooks.info 8555fmfinal.qxd 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page v Contents About the Authors xix About the Technical Reviewer xxi Acknowledgments xxiii Introduction xxv PART ■CHAPTER ■■■ Introducing the World of Linux Welcome! What Is Linux? The Age of Linux The Problems with Windows The Benefits of Linux Crash-Free Security Free and Shareable Compatible with Older Hardware The Linux Community Summary ■CHAPTER A History and Politics Lesson 11 In the Beginning 11 The GNU Project 13 Proprietary Software and the GPL 14 GNU and Linux Together 15 Different Flavors of Linux 15 Linux Today 16 Modern Linux Development 16 Summary 17 v www.it-ebooks.info 8555fmfinal.qxd vi 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page vi ■CONTENTS ■CHAPTER The Realities of Running Linux 19 Learning to Use Linux 19 Who Uses Linux? 20 Getting Ahold of Linux 20 Using Fedora 21 Summary 22 PART ■CHAPTER ■■■ Installing Fedora Preinstallation Steps 25 Understanding Partitioning 25 Freeing Up Space 27 Reclaiming Space 28 Removing Windows 28 Using Another Hard Disk 28 Backing Up Your Data 29 Backing Up E-mail Files 30 Making Notes 30 Summary 31 ■CHAPTER Installing Fedora 33 An Overview of the Installation Process 33 Step-by-Step Guide 33 Step 1: Booting from the DVD-ROM 34 Step 2: Selecting Your Language 35 Step 3: Confirming Your Keyboard Layout 36 Step 4: Installing or Upgrading Fedora 36 Step 5: Partitioning the Disk 37 Step 6: Installing the GRUB Boot Loader 41 Step 7: Configuring Network Devices 42 Step 8: Setting the Time Zone 43 Step 9: Setting the Root Account Password 44 Step 10: Selecting Software to Install 45 Step 11: Waiting During Package Installation 48 Step 12: Postinstallation Configuration 50 Summary 55 www.it-ebooks.info 8555fmfinal.qxd 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page vii ■CONTENTS ■CHAPTER Solving Installation Problems 57 Preinstallation Problems 57 Problem 57 Solution 57 Problem 58 Solution 58 Problem 58 Solution 58 Problem 59 Solution 59 Problem 59 Solution 59 Installation Problems 59 Problem 59 Solution 59 Problem 59 Solution 59 Problem 60 Solution 60 Postinstallation Problems 60 Problem 60 Solution 60 Problem 60 Solution 60 Problem 61 Solution 61 Problem 61 Solution 61 Problem 62 Solution 62 Graphical Problems 62 Installing a Graphics Card 63 Monitor Configuration 63 Summary 65 www.it-ebooks.info vii 8555fmfinal.qxd viii 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page viii ■CONTENTS PART ■CHAPTER ■■■ The No-Nonsense Getting Started Guide Booting Fedora for the First Time 69 Starting Up 69 Logging In 70 Exploring the Desktop 72 First Impressions 73 Desktop Elements 74 Quick Desktop Guides 75 Running Programs 77 Working with Virtual Desktops 77 Using the Mouse 79 Copying and Pasting Text 80 Summary 80 ■CHAPTER Getting Everything Up and Running 81 Fedora Hardware Support 81 Proprietary vs Open Source Drivers 82 Viewing Your Hardware 83 Getting Online 84 Using an Ethernet Card 85 Joining a Wireless Network 87 Using WEP or WPA Encryption 88 Configuring Dial-Up Internet Access 92 Using a USB-Based DSL Modem 93 Working with a Proxy Server 93 Setting Up Online Software Repositories 94 Configuring E-Mail and Instant Messaging 96 Configuring E-Mail Access 97 Setting Up Instant Messaging 98 Adding a Printer 100 Configuring a Local Printer 100 Configuring a Network Printer 102 Configuring a Windows/SMB Shared Printer 103 Setting Up Digital Imaging Devices 103 Transferring Photos from a Digital Camera 104 Configuring a Scanner 105 Using a USB Memory Stick 106 Installing 3D Graphics Card Drivers 107 Installing an NVIDIA Driver 107 www.it-ebooks.info 8555fmfinal.qxd 7/11/07 1:33 PM Page ix ■CONTENTS Configuring Bluetooth 107 Pairing Bluetooth Devices 108 Transferring Files Between Bluetooth Devices 108 Using a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse 109 Configuring Sound Cards 110 Summary 111 ■CHAPTER How to Secure Your Computer 113 Windows Security vs Linux Security 113 Root and Ordinary Users 114 Common-Sense Security 116 Securing GRUB 117 Online Updates 119 The Fedora Firewall 120 Installing Firestarter 120 Configuring Firestarter 121 Setting Inbound Rules 122 Setting Outbound Rules 123 Turning Off Diagnostic Services 124 Summary 125 ■CHAPTER 10 Personalizing Fedora: Getting Everything Just Right 127 Changing the Look and Feel 127 Altering the Theme 127 Changing Individual Theme Components 128 Installing Additional Components 129 Changing the Wallpaper 131 Setting Font Preferences 132 Configuring Input Devices 133 Configuring Mouse Options 133 Changing Keyboard Settings 134 Creating Keyboard Shortcuts 135 Personalizing Login Options 136 Changing Your Login Picture 137 Adding and Removing Desktop Items 138 Adding a Shortcut 138 Creating a Launcher 138 Creating a Link 139 Adding and Removing Menus 140 Adding All the Menus to a Panel 140 Adding the Applications Menu to a Panel 140 Deleting a Menu 141 www.it-ebooks.info ix ... changing the world Fedora (http://fedoraproject.org) is the natural continuation of these goals The first version of Fedora, Fedora Core 1, was released in November 2003, and the next, Fedora Core 2,... flavors of Linux Beginning Fedora is concise and to the point, aiming to re-create under Linux all the stuff you are used to doing under Windows This doesn’t mean that Beginning Fedora cuts corners... chapter discussing (and illustrating) how to initially install Fedora on your computer Beginning Fedora really is a complete guide About Fedora Linux applies an alternative philosophy to computing
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