To survive as a desktop system, an operating system must be able to perform at least one task well: produce documents. It's no accident that, after Windows, Microsoft Word (which is bundled into Microsoft Office) is the foundation of Microsoft's success on the desktop. CentOS includes tools for producing documents, manipulating images, scanning, and printing. Almost everything you would expect a publishing system to do, you can do with CentOS.
This chapter describes popular Linux office suites (such as OpenOffice.org) for creating documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. For page layouts, Scribus is an excellent application that can be used to create brochures and pamphlets. For working with images, we cover the GNU Image Manipulation Program (The GIMP). For working with vector graphics, we describe the Inkscape vector graphics editor.
For displaying the content you create, there are several different viewers available for displaying output in PDF and PostScript formats. For example, there is the Evince viewer, which can view both PDF and PostScript files. There is also Ghostview, a dedicated PostScript viewer.
If you want to publish ...