With your CentOS system connected to the Internet, you can take advantage of dozens of tools for browsing the Web, downloading files, getting e-mail, and communicating live with your friends. In most cases, you have several choices of GUI and command-line applications for using Internet services from your Linux desktop or shell.
This chapter describes some of the most popular tools available with CentOS for working with the Internet. These descriptions cover Web browsers, e-mail readers, instant messaging clients, commands for login and remote execution, and specialty applications such as BitTorrent for file sharing.
When it comes to features and ease-of-use issues, applications that come with CentOS for accessing the Internet can rival those of any operating system. For every major type of Internet client application, there are at least three or four graphical and command-line tools to choose from.
While Linux has offered high-quality servers for Web, mail, FTP, and other Internet services for years, current versions of these desktop Internet applications have become both solid and rich in content. If Web browsing and e-mail are your primary needs in a desktop ...