Chapter 6: Working in a Linux Office

In This Chapter

  • Running the suite
  • Displaying PDF files
  • 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

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 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. To display the content you create, several different viewers are available for viewing output in PDF and PostScript formats.

Running the Suite, available from, is a powerful open-source office suite available as part of the Fedora distributions. Based on the Sun Microsystems ...

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