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Fedora Bible 2010 Edition: Featuring Fedora Linux 12 by Eric Foster-Johnson, Christopher Negus

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Chapter 5. Accessing and Running Applications

In This Chapter

  • Getting and installing software packages

  • Getting Fedora software updates

  • Managing RPM packages

  • Running desktop applications

  • Using emulators to run applications from other operating systems

  • Running DOS applications

  • Running Windows applications with WINE

Fedora comes with thousands of software applications, covering every major category of desktop, server, and programming software. By accessing some third-party, Fedora-specific software repositories on the Internet, you have access to many more software packages. Often, getting a new software package downloaded and installed is as simple as running a single yum command. As always, you should apply due diligence when choosing what to download. See the section on downloading and installing applications with yum for more on this.

Some of the same tools you use to get and install software packages in Fedora (such as yum and rpm commands) can also be used to manage your installed software and get updates or security patches when they become available. Options in those tools let you query which packages you installed, as well as list and verify the contents of those packages. Likewise, GUI tools such as PackageKit can be used to automatically grab and install new and updated packages as they become available.

Once an application is installed, launching it can be as easy as it is in any friendly desktop system: by clicking a few menus on the desktop. There are also some neat ways to launch ...

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