Ubuntu 10.10

    Ubuntu 10.10 introduces several new features, as well as numerous smaller modifications. It is a short-term support release. The more dramatic changes include changes to the Ubuntu Software Center, Ubuntu One setup and configuration, a new photo manager called Shotwell, … Continue reading

    Ubuntu Editions

    Ubuntu is released in several editions, each designed for a distinct group of users or functions. Editions install different collections of software such as the GNOME desktop, the KDE desktop, servers, educational software, and multimedia applications. Table 1-2 lists the … Continue reading

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    Document Viewers (PostScript, PDF, and DVI)

    Though located under Graphics submenu in the Applications menu (Applications | Graphics), PostScript, PDF, DVI, and ebook viewers are more commonly used with Office applications (see Table 5-5). You can install these viewers from the Ubuntu Software Center | Graphics … Continue reading


    Several office suites are now available for Ubuntu. These include professional-level word processors, presentation managers, drawing tools, and spreadsheets. The freely available versions are described in this chapter. OpenOffice is currently the primary office suite supported by Ubuntu. KOffice is … 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

    GNOME Graphics Tools

    GNOME features several powerful and easy-to-use graphic tools. The gThumb application is an image viewer and browser that lets you browse images using thumbnails, display them, and organize them into catalogs for easy reference. The Eye of Gnome is the … Continue reading

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    The KDE Mail Client: KMail

    The KDE mail client, KMail, provides a full-featured GUI interface for composing, sending, and receiving e-mail messages. KMail is part of the KDE Personal Information Management suite (KDE-PIM) which also includes an address book (KAddressBook), an organizer and scheduler (KOrganizer), … Continue reading


    You can use the SquirrelMail Web mail tool to access mail from Internet email services using your Web browser. It will display a login screen for mail users. It features an inbox list and message reader, support for editing and … 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

    The KDE Rekonq Web Browser

    Rekonq is the new default Web browser for KDE (see http://reconq.sourceforge.net for more details). Rekonq is based on the WebKit layout engine, like Chrome and Apple’s Safari. It provides full integration with the KDE Desktop for tasks such as editing … Continue reading

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    Ubuntu Administrative Tools

    On Ubuntu, administration is handled by a set of specialized administrative tools, such as those for user management and printer configuration. To access the desktop-based administrative tools, you log in as a user who has administrative access. You created this … Continue reading

    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

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    Broadcast Services: Gwibber

    Ubuntu provides integrated support for social broadcasts (micro-blogging) based on the Gwibber project. You access broadcast accounts using Gwibber (Applications | Internet | Gwibber Social Client). The first time you use Gwibber, the “Broadcast Accounts” dialog is opened first letting … Continue reading

    KDE Social Desktop

    KDE provides a set of Internet applications as part of the KDE Social Desktop initiative. The social desktop is based on a Web API called the Open Collaboration Services (OCS) that allows applications to interface easily with Internet services like … Continue reading

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    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

    The GNOME Interface

    The Network Object Model Environment, also known as GNOME, is a powerful and easy-to-use environment consisting primarily of a panel, a desktop, and a set of GUI tools with which program interfaces can be constructed. GNOME is designed to provide … Continue reading

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    The Kubuntu edition of Ubuntu installs KDE as the primary desktop from the Kubuntu install disc. Kubuntu officially supports and installs KDE 4.4. You can download this disc from the Kubuntu site at: http://www.kubuntu.org/ You can also download the discs … Continue reading

    KDE Kickoff and Quick Access menus

    The KickOff application launcher organizes menu entries into tabs that are accessed by icons at the bottom of the Kickoff menu. There are tabs for Favorites, Applications, Computer, Recently Used, and Leave. You can add an application to the Favorites … 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

    Filename Expansion: *, ?, [ ]

    Filenames are the most common arguments used in a command. Often you will know only part of the filename, or you will want to reference several filenames that have the same extension or begin with the same characters. The shell … Continue reading

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