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Chapter 2. Fedora Quick Start

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Part of the challenge of moving to a new operating system is moving beyond any preconceived ideas about how things should work. If you have been locked into a Windows environment and this is your first move to Linux, you might start out by hunting for the My Documents and My Computer icons on your desktop, but without much success because you won’t find them there. Likewise, if you are used to a Mac OS X desktop, you might feel somewhat lost without the presence of the Dock to help launch applications. No matter, though; in this chapter, you will learn the fundamentals of working with Fedora so that you can comfortably progress through the rest of the book.

In this chapter, we look at how to find your way around your new desktop, what each of the menu options contain, and we take you through the preinstalled software. We also look at how to install new software, and more important, we ensure that your installed software is kept up-to-date with relevant patches and security updates. Connecting to a network, either wirelessly or through a physical connection, is something that is common to almost everyone, so we look at this later on in the chapter.

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