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

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Chapter 6. Publishing with Fedora

In This Chapter

  • Desktop publishing in Linux

  • Trying graphical text editors

  • Using OpenOffice.org

  • Displaying documents with Ghostscript and Acrobat

  • Creating documents with Groff and LaTeX

  • Creating DocBook documents

  • Doing page layout with Scribus

  • Working with graphics

  • Capturing screen images

  • Making Inkscape vector graphics

  • Using scanners driven by SANE

  • Publishing on the Web

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. Fedora includes tools for producing documents, manipulating images, scanning, and printing. Almost everything you would expect a publishing system to do, you can do with Fedora.

This chapter describes popular Linux office suites (such as OpenOffice.org and KOffice) 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 (GIMP). For working with vector graphics, we describe the Inkscape vector graphics editor.

For displaying the content you create, several different viewers are available for displaying output in PDF and PostScript formats. For PDF, there are the Evince viewer and Adobe Reader. To display PostScript files, there's Ghostview.

If you want to publish ...

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