If you have installed Fedora using the DVD supplied with this book, and used the default selection of packages (Productivity), congratulations; you now have a fully functional operating system, complete with word processor, spreadsheet, email client, calendar, instant messaging client, and other programs that will enable you to work with Fedora.
This section touches briefly on the different applications installed when you use the Productivity package set that is defined during the installation.
The office suite of choice for Fedora is OpenOffice.org. If you have hung around any Linux geeks for long enough, you are bound to have heard of this increasingly popular open source office suite. It comprises several components, but Fedora delivers word processing (Writer), spreadsheet analysis (Calc), and presentation delivery (Impress) out of the box. Chapter 6, "Productivity Applications," looks at OpenOffice.org in more depth. You can access Writer, Impress, and Calc by clicking the shortcut icons in the top panel.
Linux was designed with communication in mind, and it is fitting that Fedora comes with a suite of Internet tools, including the popular Firefox web browser, Evolution PIM (Personal Information Management) software, Pidgin (instant messaging client formerly known as GAIM), and Ekiga (videoconferencing). You can launch Firefox by clicking the Firefox icon in the top panel bar, and can launch Evolution by clicking the Envelope icon, again in the top panel bar. Chapter 5, "On the Internet," covers Internet applications.
Multimedia is a big thing these days, with many different people carrying USB flash drives full of music, photos, and other media types. Fedora itself includes the GIMP, a powerful graphic manipulation package, along with gThumb for managing your photo collections. It is also well served in the music department, offering a CD player, CD ripper, and media player to handle various free codec-based files. You are also able to obtain software to watch DVDs and other proprietary video formats, although this may be illegal in your country.
Because Windows 386 included Reversi, it's kind of been a given that most operating systems include some simple games. Fedora follows in this tradition with a selection of games and puzzles to provide a momentary distraction. We don't actually cover the default selection of games because they're pretty straightforward, but Chapter 9, "Games," takes a look at some of the better known games available for Fedora.