Linux documentation

    The Linux Documentation Project (LDP), headed by Matt Welsh, has developed a complete set of Linux manuals. The documentation is available at the LDP home site at The Linux documentation for your installed software will be available at your … Continue reading

    Ubuntu Linux Help and Documentation

    A great deal of help and documentation is available online for Ubuntu, ranging from detailed install procedures to beginner questions (see Table 1-3). The documentation for Ubuntu 10.10 is located at The Firefox Web browser start page displays links … Continue reading

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    Graphics Applications

    Ubuntu includes a wide range of graphics and multimedia applications, including simple image viewers such as GwenView, sophisticated image manipulation programs like GIMP, music and CD players like Rhythmbox, and TV viewers like Totem. Several helpful Linux multimedia sites are listed in Table. … Continue reading

    Multimedia support

    A listing of popular multimedia codecs available is shown in Table Of particular interest may be the liba52, faad2, and lame codecs for sound decoding, as well as the xvidcore, x264, libdvdcss, and libdvbpsi for video decoding. Ubuntu provides a … Continue reading

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    Mail Clients

    Ubuntu supports a wide range of both electronic mail and news clients. Mail clients let you send and receive messages to and from other users on your system or users accessible from your network. News clients let you read articles … Continue reading


    Evolution is the primary mail client for the GNOME desktop. It is installed by default along with OpenOffice. Though designed for GNOME, it will work equally well on KDE. Evolution is an integrated mail client, calendar, and address book. The … Continue reading

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    URL Addresses

    An Internet resource is accessed using a Universal Resource Locator (URL). A URL is composed of three elements: the transfer protocol, the hostname, and the pathname. The transfer protocol and the hostname are separated by a colon and two slashes, … Continue reading

    Web Browsers

    Popular browsers for Ubuntu include Firefox (Mozilla), Rekonq, Chromium (Google), Epiphany, and Lynx. Firefox is the default Web browser used on most Linux distributions, including Ubuntu. Rekonq is the KDE Web browser, accessible from the KDE desktop, and Epiphany is … Continue reading

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    System Administration

    Most administrative configurations tasks are performed for you automatically. Devices like printers, hard drive partitions, and graphics cards are detected and set up for you. There are cases where you may need to perform tasks manually like adding new users and installing … Continue reading


    PolicyKit will control access to certain applications and devices. It is one of the safest ways to grant a user direct access. PolicyKit configuration and support is already set up for you. A new version of PolicyKit, PolicyKit-1, is now … Continue reading

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    Network Manager

    Network Manager detects your network connections automatically, both wired and wireless. Network Manager uses the automatic device detection capabilities of udev to configure your connections. Should you instead need to configure your network connections manually, you also use Network Manager … Continue reading

    DSL, Mobile Broadband and PPP Configuration

    DSL Configuration To add or edit a direct DSL connection, you click the Add or Edit buttons on the Network Connections window’s DSL tab. The DSL connection window opens, showing tabs for DSL configuration and for wired, PPP, and IPv4 … Continue reading

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    GNOME Desktop Menu

    You can right-click anywhere on the empty desktop to display the GNOME desktop menu that includes entries for common tasks, such as creating an application launcher, creating a new folder, or organizing the icon display. Keep in mind that the … Continue reading

    GNOME Help and Desktop

    GNOME Help The GNOME Help browser (Yelp) provides a browser-like interface for displaying the GNOME user’s manual, Man pages, and info documents. You can select it from the System menu (System | Help and Support). It features a toolbar that … Continue reading

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    The BASH shell keeps a history list, of your previously entered commands. You can display each command, in turn, on your command line by pressing the UP ARROW key. Press the DOWN ARROW key to move down the list. You … Continue reading

    The Command Line

    The shell is a command interpreter that provides a line-oriented interactive and non-interactive interface between the user and the operating system. You enter commands on a command line; they are interpreted by the shell and then sent as instructions to … Continue reading

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