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== User Guide - Communications ==
 
== User Guide - Communications ==
  
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Fedora can be used to send electronic mail and communicate in real time with people around the world. In GNOME, '''Evolution''' is used to send electronic mail (email), '''Claws Mail''' is another email client.
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Evolution can also be used as a personal information manager, or PIM. You can maintain a calendar, manage a list of tasks, and keep an address book of contacts.
  
Fedora can be used to send electronic mail and communicate in real time with people around the world. In GNOME, '''Evolution''' is used to send electronic mail (email), and '''Pidgin''' (previously Gaim) is used to send instant messages (''IMs'') by default.
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'''Claws Mail''' is a simple and intuitive email program with a news reader but without all of the bells and whistles unless you add additional plug-ins.  '''Claws Mail''' will not let you write and send HTML emails.
  
'''Evolution''' can also be used as a personal information manager, or PIM. You can maintain a calendar, manage a list of tasks, and keep an address book of contacts, among other things, using Evolution.
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In KDE, '''Kmail''' is used to send email. While '''Kmail''' does not include  a calendar, a calendar application called '''KOrganizer''' is included as part of the KDE PIM suite. There is also an application called '''Kontact''' which groups '''KMail''', '''Korganizer''' and other KDE PIM tools into a single interface (comparable with GNOME's '''Evolution''').
  
'''Pidgin''' is an instant messaging client that can access Gmail, MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, Jabber, and other IM and chat networks.
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'''Pidgin''', the GNOME default and '''Kopete''', in KDE, are Instant Messaging (IM) programs.
  
In KDE, '''Kmail''' is used to send email. While '''Kmail''' does not include calendaring functionality, a calendar application called '''KOrganizer''' is included in KDE as part of the KDE PIM suite. There is also an application called '''Kontact''' which groups '''KMail''', '''Korganizer''' and other KDE PIM tools into a single interface (comparable with GNOME's '''Evolution''').
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'''XChat''' is Fedora's default IRC client and '''Konversation''' is the default IRC client for KDE. '''ChatZilla''' is an IRC client installed and used via the '''FireFox''' web browser.
  
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  {{admon/note|Note about Icons|The ''Icons'' shown are the program's normal default and may vary.}}
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    * 1 Evolution
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[[Category: Documentation]]
          o 1.1 Configuring Evolution
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[[Category: User Guide]]
          o 1.2 Using Evolution
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    * 2 Kmail
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          o 2.1 Configuring Kmail
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          o 2.2 Using Kmail
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    * 3 Pidgin
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          o 3.1 Configuring Pidgin
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          o 3.2 Using Pidgin
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    * 4 Kopete
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          o 4.1 Configuring Kopete
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Evolution
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== Evolution ==
  
Configuring Evolution
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[[Image:Evolution_f10.png‎]] '''Evolution''' is a full featured email program. In addition to email it is a personal information manager(PIM), has a calendar, task manager and an address book for your contacts.
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More documentation for '''Evolution''' is available at: http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/documentation.shtml
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=== '''Configuring Evolution''' ===
  
This information is specific to using Evolution on Fedora. Additional documentation for Evolution is available at:
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To configure an e-mail account:
  
http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/documentation.shtml
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* Start Evolution, in GNOME, using the'' Applications > Office > '''Evolution''''' on the top menu bar.
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* Start Evolution in KDE, using ''KMenu > Applications > Internet > Email'' menu entry.
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* Running the software for the first time displays the ''Evolution Setup Assistant'' wizard. Answer these questions using information provided by your ISP or e-mail provider.
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* The ''Identity screen'' relates to personal information about the account, including ''Name, Organization and Address''. There is also a ''Reply-To'' field, which will allow you to specify that recipients of mail from this account can reply to a different email address.
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* The ''Receiving Email'' and ''Sending Email'' screens both require information from the e-mail provider.
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* To add a new account in the future, or to modify an existing account, launch the preferences dialog from the ''Edit > Preferences'' menu. In the dialog that appears, press the '''[Add]''' button to launch the '''Evolution Account Assistant''' again.  
  
To configure an e-mail account in Evolution follow these steps:
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==='''Using Evolution'''===
  
    * Start Evolution in GNOME, using the Applications > Internet > Email menu entry, or use the application launcher icon from the menu panel:
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'''Evolution''' allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu.
    * Start Evolution in KDE, using KMenu > Applications > Internet > Email menu entry:
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|''Send/Receive''  ||Allows '''Evolution''' to send and receive all email.                         
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|''New''   ||Opens a new email message dialog box.
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|''Reply''   ||Replies to the person who has sent you an email.
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|''Reply to All''  ||Replies to everyone who was included in the email that you have received.
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|''Forward''   ||Forwards the email message to another person.
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|''Print''        ||Prints the email.
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|''Delete''   ||Deletes the message.
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|''Junk''   ||Marks the email as junk.
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|-'''Not Junk'''  ||If you accidentally set the email as Junk, pushing this button removes the Junk tag.
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|''Cancel''   ||Cancels whatever you are doing.
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|''Previous''   ||Moves to the previous email in your folder.
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|''Next''   ||Moves to the next email in your folder.
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Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_redhat-email.png This is the default icon associated with Evolution.
 
  
    * Running the software for the first time displays the Evolution Setup Assistant wizard. Answer these questions using information provided by the ISP or e-mail provider.
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== Claws Mail ==
    * The Identity screen relates to personal information about the account, including Name, Organisation and Address. There is also a Reply-To field, which will allow you to specify that recipients of mail from this account reply to a different address.
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    * The Receiving Email and Sending Email screens both require information from the e-mail provider.
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    * To add a new account in the future, or to modify an existing account, launch the preferences dialog from the Edit > Preferences menu entry. In the dialog that appears, press the [Add] button to launch the Evolution Account Assistant again.
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Using Evolution
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_claws_mail.png‎]] '''Claws Mail''' is an email client and news reader, featuring quick response times, a sophisticated interface, easy configuration and intuitive operation.  Available plugins add many of the features found in '''Evolution''' and '''Outlook'''.  It is installed by going to ''System > Adnminstration > Add/Remove Software.'' In the ''Add/Remove Software'' window type '''Claws''' in the find window (next to the binoculars) and '''[Enter]'''.  Then select '''Claws Mail''' and any plugins you would like.  Click '''[Apply]''' to install your choices. For more information please visit: http://www.claws-mail.org//
  
Evolution allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu.
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==='''Configuring Claws Mail'''===
Button How the button functions
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Send/Receive This will allow Evolution to send and receive all email.
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New Open a new email message dialog box.
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Reply Reply to the person who has sent you an email.
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Reply to All Replace to everyone who was included in the email that you have received.
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Forward Forward the email message to another person.
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Print Print the email.
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Delete Delete the email.
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Junk Mark the email as junk.
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Not Junk If you accidentally set the email as Junk, pushing this button removes the Junk tag.
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Cancel Cancel whatever you are doing.
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Previous Move to the previous email in your folder.
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Next Move to the next email in your folder.
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Kmail
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Kmail is the standard email client used in KDE it is installed by default from the live-cd and is also included in the DVD. Loading Kmail in KDE is done by clicking on Kmenu > Applications > Internet > Mail Client menu entry or alternatively Applications > Internet > Kmail in GNOME.
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* To configure your email account you will need the email information provided by your internet service or email provider.
Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_kmail.png This is the default icon associated with Kmail.
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* Open '''Claws Mail''' by going to the menu bar and click on ''Applications > Internet > '''Claws Mail'''.''
Configuring Kmail
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* The first time you start '''Claws Mail''' the '''Claws Mail Wizard''' appears and will guide you through the set up of your account.
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* The first page will ask you to fill in your name, (sometimes it is guessed from the operating system) and your email address.  
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* On the next page enter details of how to retrieve your mail:
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** '''POP3''': Enter the ''server address, username, and password''. If you don't enter your ''password'' here you will be prompted for it each time it is needed.
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** '''IMAP''': Enter the ''server address, username, password, and IMAP server directory''.  The password is optional, if you don't provide it here you will be prompted for it each time it is needed. The IMAP server directory is also optional, often it is not needed and can be left empty.
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** '''Local mbox file''': Enter the location of your local mailbox spool file. Values such as ''/var/mail/username'' or ''/var/spool/mail/username'' are common, ''username'' is your system login.
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* On the next page  enter the address of your '''SMTP''' (Outgoing) server. You may not need to authenticate when sending mail.
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* If you chose either '''POP3''' or '''Local mbox file''', the next page will the show the default where it will save your mail.
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* You may get a "Security" page, where you can choose  SSL encryption to send and receive your emails. If you're unsure leave them unselected.
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*Click on the '''[Save]''' button to finish the configuration.
  
    * Running the software for the first time displays the main Kmail page with links to appropriate help locations.
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==='''Using Claws Mail'''===
    * To configure your account you will need your email information from your internet service provider or your e-mail provider.
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    * Setting up your account requires you to open the Configure Kmail dialog box from the Settings > Configure Kmail menu entry.
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    * Selecting Accounts and pressing the [Add] button will launch a dialog that will ask you for the type of account you wish to configure.
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    * After selecting the appropriate account type you will be greeted with a dialog that shows the different settings available for your account. Add your personal email configuration information to Account Name, Login, Password, Host. The other default settings could be left alone.
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To add a new account in the future, or to modify an existing account, launch the configure Kmail from the Settings > Configure Kmail menu entry. In the dialog that appears, select Accounts press the [Add] button to launch the Kmail Account Assistant again.
 
Using Kmail
 
  
Kmail allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu.
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'''Claws Mail''' allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu. Retrieving your email can be done from the toolbar button named '''''Get mail''''' or from the '''''Receive''''' submenu of the '''''Message''''' menu.
Button How the button functions
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New Message Open a new email message dialog box.
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Save as Save the email.
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Print Print the email.
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|''Get Mail''      ||Allows '''Claws Mail''' to receive all email.                         
Check Mail in Sends the email.
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Reply Replace to the email.
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|''Compose''   ||Opens a new email message dialog box. Press '''[TAB]''' to autocomplete the ''To'': email address from the Address Book.
Forward Forward the email message to another person.
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Previous Move to the previous unread email in your folder.
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|''Reply''   ||Replys to the person who has sent you an email.
Next Move to the next unread email in your folder.
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Trash Delete the email.
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|''Reply to All''  ||Replies to everyone who was included in the email that you have received.
Find Message Search for a specific email.
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Create Task Creates a new task in KOrganizer.
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|''Sender''        || Replies to the person who sent the email.
Additional Options
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Kmail has additional options with the green arrow pointing down. While not covered specifically in this topic clicking the button and holding it down for a few seconds will show additional options.
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|''Forward''        ||Forwards the email message to another person.
Pidgin
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Configuring Pidgin
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|''Trash''   ||Moves the message to the Trash folder.
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|''Spam''   ||Tells the program to learn the email as Spam, also has option to mark it as Ham. Moves the message to the Trash folder.
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|''Next''   ||Moves to the next email in your folder.
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This section is specific for Pidgin in Fedora. For further information and documentation on Pidgin, refer to:
 
  
http://www.pidgin.im
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== Kmail ==
  
To start and configure Pidgin, select Applications > Internet > Internet Messenger from the menu panel in GNOME or KMenu > Applications > Internet > Pidgin in KDE.
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_k_mail.png]] '''Kmail''' is the standard email client used in KDE it is installed by default from the live-cd and is also included in the DVD. Loading '''Kmail''' in KDE is done by clicking on ''Kmenu > Applications > Internet > Mail Client'' menu entry or alternatively ''Applications > Internet > Kmail'' in GNOME.
Image:Pidgin_logo.png This is the default icon associated with Pidgin.
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The Add Account dialog in Pidgin.
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The Add Account dialog in Pidgin.
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==='''Configuring Kmail'''===
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* Running the software for the first time displays the main '''Kmail''' page with links to help locations.
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* To configure your account you will need your email information from your internet service or email provider.
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* Setting up your account requires you to open the Configure '''Kmail''' dialog box from the ''Settings > Configure Kmail'' menu entry.
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* Selecting Accounts and pressing the '''[Add]''' button will launch a dialog that will ask you for the type of account you wish to configure.
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* After selecting the appropriate account type you will be greeted with a dialog that shows the different settings available for your account. Add your personal email configuration information to ''Account Name, Login, Password, Host''. The other default settings could be left alone.
  
Starting Pidgin for the first time goes directly into the Accounts dialog. To configure a new account follow these steps:
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To add a new account in the future, or to modify an existing account, launch the configure '''Kmail''' from the ''Settings > Configure Kmail'' menu entry. In the dialog that appears, select ''Accounts'' then press the '''[Add]''' button to launch the '''Kmail''' Account Assistant again.
  
    * Click on the [Add] button to bring up the Add Account dialog.
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==='''Using Kmail'''===
    * In the Add Account window, under Login Options, click on the right side of the Protocol dropdown menu to show the available protocols and select the network appropriate for the account being created.
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    * Enter details for the selected account, including Screen name, Password, and Alias. Select Remember password if desired. Click on the [Save] button to add the account to the account list.
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    * Once the account is added, the Accounts window displays the new account.
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    * New accounts can be added in the future by navigating to the Accounts > Add/Edit menu entry in the main Pidgin window.
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Using Pidgin
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'''Kmail''' allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu.
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|''New Message''      ||Opens a new 'Compose email' dialog box.
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|''Save as''       ||Saves the email.
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|''Print''       ||Prints the message.
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|''Check Mail in''    ||Downloads emails from the remote server.
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|''Reply''       ||Replies to the selected email.
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|''Forward''       ||Forwards the email message to another person.
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|''Previous''       ||Moves to the previous '''unread''' email in your folder.
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|''Next''       ||Moves to the next '''unread''' email in your folder.
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|''Trash''       ||Deletes the email.
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|''Find Message''      ||Searches for a specific email.
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|''Create Task''      ||Creates a new task in '''KOrganizer'''.
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Select one of the enabled accounts to see the Buddy List window. In this window, menus allow the user to add additional IM contacts.
 
  
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{{admon/note|Additional Options|'''Kmail''' has additional options with the green arrow pointing down. While not covered specifically in this topic clicking the button and holding it down for a few seconds will show additional options.}}
  
All 16 supported protocols are available at the same time within Pidgin. In other words, if you have setup multiple accounts with in Pidgin - one each of Yahoo, Google Talk, and AIM accounts, for example - all of your contacts for each of these accounts will be available to chat with at the same time, in the same contact list.
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== Pidgin ==
  
For more information on using Pidgin see:
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[[Image:Pidgin_logo.png]]'''Pidgin''' is an instant messaging (IM) client that can access Gmail, MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, Jabber, and other IM and chat networks. For further information please refer to: http://www.pidgin.im
  
http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/Using%20Pidgin
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==='''Configuring Pidgin'''===
Not all features supported
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Pidgin does not support features of all included protocols. Pidgin is useful for chatting via text across 16 different IM protocols, but not all the features in each IM system are supported. For example, video is not supported at this time.
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Kopete
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Kopete is the Internet Messenger that is installed in KDE by default.
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To start and configure '''Pidgin''', select ''Applications > Internet > Internet Messenger'' from the menu panel in GNOME or KMenu ''> Applications > Internet > '''Pidgin''''' in KDE.
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_Gaim_accounts_2.png|300px|thumb|right|The '''Add Account''' dialog in Pidgin.]]
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Starting '''Pidgin''' for the first time goes directly into the ''Accounts'' dialog. To configure a new account follow these steps:
  
In KDE Kopete can be found in Kmenu > Applications > Internet > Instant Messenger
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* Click on the '''[Add]''' button to bring up the ''Add Account'' dialog.
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* In the ''Add Account'' window, under '''Login Options''', click on the right side of the Protocol dropdown menu to show the available protocols and select the network appropriate for the account being created.
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* Enter details for the selected account, including ''Screen name, Password'', and ''Alias''. Select ''Remember password'' if desired. Click on the '''[Save]''' button to add the account to the account list.
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* Once the account is added, the ''Accounts'' window displays the new account.
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* New accounts can be added in the future by navigating to the ''Accounts > Add/Edit'' menu entry in the main '''Pidgin''' window.
  
In GNOME Kopete can be found in Applications > Internet > Kopete
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==='''Using Pidgin'''===
Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_kopete.png This is the default icon associated with Kopete.
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Configuring Kopete
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This section is specific for Kopete in Fedora. For further information and documentation on Kopete, refer to:
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Select one of the enabled accounts to see the ''Buddy List'' window. These Menus allow you to add additional IM contacts.
  
http://kopete.kde.org/
 
  
To start and configure Kopete, select Applications > Internet > Kopete from the menu panel in GNOME or KMenu > Applications > Internet > Kopete in KDE. Starting Kopete for the first time goes directly into the creating accounts dialog. To configure a new account follow these steps:
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All 16 supported protocols are available at the same time within '''Pidgin'''. If you have setup several accounts in Pidgin, such as Yahoo, Google Talk, and AIM accounts, then all of your contacts for each of these accounts will be available to chat with at the same time, in the same contact list.
  
    * Click the selected messaging service you desire.
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For more information see: http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/Using%20Pidgin
    * In the Account Information window, enter your details that you are using to connect to the services.
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    * Make sure to fill out the details on the other tabs.
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    * Once the account is added, click [Next] ' you should have an option to connect to the service tick then then click [Finish] .
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    * New accounts can be added in the future by navigating to the Settings > Configure > menu entry in the main Kopete window then clicking the [Accounts] button after it has loaded.  
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Kopete comes with a wide range of messaging services some examples are:
 
  
Gadu-Gadu
 
AIM
 
GroupWise
 
ICQ
 
IRC
 
Jabber
 
Meanwhile
 
MSN Messenger
 
Testbed
 
WinPopup
 
Yahoo
 
  
Accounts for the services can be added to kopete using the steps listed earlier.
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{{admon/note|Not all features supported|'''Pidgin''' does not support some features of the included protocols. '''Pidgin''' is useful for chatting via text across 16 different IM protocols, but not all the features in each IM system are supported. For example, video is not supported at this time.}}
Retrieved from "https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User_Guide_-_Communications"
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Categories: Documentation | User Guide
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{{admon/note|Fedora does not register accounts|Pidgin requires an existing account on some of the IM networks, created via the normal account creation process. For example, Pidgin cannot be used to create a Yahoo Instant Messenger account. Instead, visit http://messenger.yahoo.com to set up the account, then access it using Pidgin. This is true for most types of instant messaging, although some protocols - like Bonjour, IRC, or SILC - do not require accounts at all, and Fedora can setup accounts for some types of IM networks.}}<!-- This isn't entirely true, Bonjour, IRC and SILC do not require server side accounts, and Pidgin can register accounts for Gadu-Gadu and some XMPP networks via the add account dialog. Though I can't figure out a way to word that or if it's even worth mentioning?
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== Kopete ==
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_kopetef10.png‎]] '''Kopete''' is the ''Instant Messenger'' installed in KDE by default.
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'''Kopete''' can be found in ''Kmenu > Applications > Internet > Instant Messenger''  In GNOME '''Kopete''' can be found in ''Applications > Internet > Kopete''.
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For further documentation on '''Kopete''', refer to: http://kopete.kde.org/
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==='''Configuring Kopete'''===
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To start and configure '''Kopete''', select ''Applications > Internet > Kopete'' from the menu panel in GNOME or ''KMenu > Applications > Internet > Kopete'' in KDE. Starting '''Kopete''' for the first time takes you directly to the creating accounts dialog. To configure a new account:
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* Click the selected messaging service you desire.
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* In the Account Information window, enter your details that you are using to connect to the services.
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* Make sure to fill out the details on the other tabs.
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* Once the account is added, click '''[Next]''' and choose the option to connect to the service and then click '''[Finish]'''.
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* New accounts can be added in the future by navigating to the ''Settings > Configure >'' menu entry in the main '''Kopete''' window then clicking the '''[Accounts]''' button after it has loaded.
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'''Kopete''' comes with a wide range of messaging services such as:
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* AIM
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* GroupWise
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* ICQ
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* IRC
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* Jabber
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* Meanwhile
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* MSN Messenger
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* Testbed
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* WinPopup
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* Yahoo
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Accounts for these services can be added to '''Kopete''' using the steps above.
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== XChat ==
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[[Image:Xchat.png]]  '''Xchat''' is an IRC chat program. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations and is capable of transfering files.  More information is available at: http://xchat.org/
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==='''Configuring XChat'''===
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*  When you open '''XChat''' the '''XChat''': ''Network List'' window appears. Fill in your choices for your ''Nick name, username and realname.'' Your ''username'' can be anything you like.
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*  Now choose a network to join from the ''Networks'' window. Select which one you want by clicking it.
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*  Select '''[Edit]''' which opens another window listing the network you selected.  For now make sure the box ''Use global user information'' is checked.  Go down to the ''Favorite Channels:'' field and type in the channel you want to join. You can also click on the small '''[Button]''' to the right of the field which will bring up a window where you can '''[Add], [Remove] and [Edit]''' your channels . Most networks require ''#'' placed before the name of the channel. For example: ''#fedora-userguide.''
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*  Click the '''[Close]''' button. 
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*  Select '''[Connect]''' and you are connected to your channel.
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* You configure your preferences for '''XChat''' while attached to the network.  On the top menu bar select ''Settings > Preferences'' and choose your text, background and sound preferences.
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==='''Using XChat'''===
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* Click the '''[Connect]''' button and you are attached to the network(s) and channel(s) you selected above.
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== Konversation ==
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[[Image:Docs_Drafts_DesktopUserGuide_Communications_konversation.png]]  '''Konversation''' is located on the KDE Desktop.  It is a very user friendly IRC program.  You can find details at:  http://konversation.kde.org/
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==='''Configuring Konversation'''===
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* The ''Servers List'' window pops up and has a default network listed.  Select '''[New]''' or click on the default network then select '''[Edit].'''
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**  Type in your chosen network in the ''Network Name:'' field.
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**  Under ''Identity'' click '''[Edit]''' and add your ''user names''.
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**  Check the box ''Connect Application at Start-up'' to attach automatically when you open '''Konversation.'''
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** Click on the default channel listed then '''[Edit]''' or just click the '''[Add]''' button to ad your choice.
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** Type in your desired channels, and passwords if needed, then click the '''[Ok]''' button.
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*  You are returned to the ''Edit Network'' window.  Select the '''[Ok]''' button.
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* '''Konversation'''  will automatically attach to your networks and channels.
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== ChatZilla ==
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[[Image:Chatzilla.png]] '''ChatZilla''' is an IRC chat program from Mozilla. It is easy to use and is a highly extensible IRC client.  It has all the usual features including a built-in list of standard networks, easy searching and sorting of available channels, logging, DCC chat and file transfers. For more informaiton go to: http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/faq/
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==='''Installing ChatZilla'''===
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*  You can install '''ChatZilla''' using '''FireFox.''' 
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*  Launch '''FireFox''' and from the top menu bar select ''Tools > Add-ons > Get Add-ons.''
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*  In the box to the left of the ''Browse All Add-ons'' link, type '''''ChatZilla''''' and '''[Enter]'''.   
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*  Select '''[Add to FireFox]''' then '''[Install Now].'''  You may get a message to re-start '''FireFox.'''
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* Open '''FireFox'''.
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* On the top menu bar click ''Tools > Chatzilla''.
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* The '''ChatZilla''' window opens where you will see the word '''*Client*''' in the middle of the page.  At the bottom are links to a few of the most popular Networks.  If your Network is among them just click on the link and '''ChatZilla''' will attach to it and automatically add it your ''Preferences > Startup (Tab)''. 
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* It is real time-saver to edit your chosen Network and Channels so they automatically connect. Select ''Preferences > Startup (Tab)'' and scroll down to the ''Auto-connect URLs'' window, select the Network and click '''[Edit]'''.  Now add  '''''<nowiki>/#your-channel</nowiki>''''' to the end, click '''[Apply]''' then the '''[Ok]''' buttons.
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*  If your Network is '''not''' listed, go to the top menu bar and choose ''Preferences > Startup (Tab),''  scroll down to the ''Auto-connect URLs'' window, click '''[Add]''',  and type in your network.  For example: '''''<nowiki>irc://yournetwork.</nowiki>,''''' then click '''[Apply]''' and the '''[Ok]''' buttons. 
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* If you know the channel you want to connect to automatically enter '''''<nowiki>irc://yournetwork/#your-channel.</nowiki>'''''.  Don't forget to click the '''[Apply]''' and '''[Ok]''' buttons.
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{{admon/note| | It is not necessary to have your channel(s) connect when you start '''ChatZilla'''.  Once you have attached to your Network(s) you can select ''IRC > Join channel'' and type in your favorite channel, or part of it in the '''Quick Search''' box.  Then click on the '''[Join]''' button when your channel appears in the box.  But you will have to do these steps each time unless you setup '''ChatZilla''' to attach automatically .
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[edit] User Guide - Communications

Fedora can be used to send electronic mail and communicate in real time with people around the world. In GNOME, Evolution is used to send electronic mail (email), Claws Mail is another email client.

Evolution can also be used as a personal information manager, or PIM. You can maintain a calendar, manage a list of tasks, and keep an address book of contacts.

Claws Mail is a simple and intuitive email program with a news reader but without all of the bells and whistles unless you add additional plug-ins. Claws Mail will not let you write and send HTML emails.

In KDE, Kmail is used to send email. While Kmail does not include a calendar, a calendar application called KOrganizer is included as part of the KDE PIM suite. There is also an application called Kontact which groups KMail, Korganizer and other KDE PIM tools into a single interface (comparable with GNOME's Evolution).

Pidgin, the GNOME default and Kopete, in KDE, are Instant Messaging (IM) programs.

XChat is Fedora's default IRC client and Konversation is the default IRC client for KDE. ChatZilla is an IRC client installed and used via the FireFox web browser.

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Note about Icons
The Icons shown are the program's normal default and may vary.

[edit] Evolution

Evolution f10.png Evolution is a full featured email program. In addition to email it is a personal information manager(PIM), has a calendar, task manager and an address book for your contacts. More documentation for Evolution is available at: http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/documentation.shtml

[edit] Configuring Evolution

To configure an e-mail account:

  • Start Evolution, in GNOME, using the Applications > Office > Evolution on the top menu bar.
  • Start Evolution in KDE, using KMenu > Applications > Internet > Email menu entry.
  • Running the software for the first time displays the Evolution Setup Assistant wizard. Answer these questions using information provided by your ISP or e-mail provider.
  • The Identity screen relates to personal information about the account, including Name, Organization and Address. There is also a Reply-To field, which will allow you to specify that recipients of mail from this account can reply to a different email address.
  • The Receiving Email and Sending Email screens both require information from the e-mail provider.
  • To add a new account in the future, or to modify an existing account, launch the preferences dialog from the Edit > Preferences menu. In the dialog that appears, press the [Add] button to launch the Evolution Account Assistant again.

[edit] Using Evolution

Evolution allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu.

Button How the button functions
Send/Receive Allows Evolution to send and receive all email.
New Opens a new email message dialog box.
Reply Replies to the person who has sent you an email.
Reply to All Replies to everyone who was included in the email that you have received.
Forward Forwards the email message to another person.
Print Prints the email.
Delete Deletes the message.
Junk Marks the email as junk.
Cancel Cancels whatever you are doing.
Previous Moves to the previous email in your folder.
Next Moves to the next email in your folder.


[edit] Claws Mail

Docs Drafts DesktopUserGuide Communications claws mail.png Claws Mail is an email client and news reader, featuring quick response times, a sophisticated interface, easy configuration and intuitive operation. Available plugins add many of the features found in Evolution and Outlook. It is installed by going to System > Adnminstration > Add/Remove Software. In the Add/Remove Software window type Claws in the find window (next to the binoculars) and [Enter]. Then select Claws Mail and any plugins you would like. Click [Apply] to install your choices. For more information please visit: http://www.claws-mail.org//

[edit] Configuring Claws Mail

  • To configure your email account you will need the email information provided by your internet service or email provider.
  • Open Claws Mail by going to the menu bar and click on Applications > Internet > Claws Mail.
  • The first time you start Claws Mail the Claws Mail Wizard appears and will guide you through the set up of your account.
  • The first page will ask you to fill in your name, (sometimes it is guessed from the operating system) and your email address.
  • On the next page enter details of how to retrieve your mail:
    • POP3: Enter the server address, username, and password. If you don't enter your password here you will be prompted for it each time it is needed.
    • IMAP: Enter the server address, username, password, and IMAP server directory. The password is optional, if you don't provide it here you will be prompted for it each time it is needed. The IMAP server directory is also optional, often it is not needed and can be left empty.
    • Local mbox file: Enter the location of your local mailbox spool file. Values such as /var/mail/username or /var/spool/mail/username are common, username is your system login.
  • On the next page enter the address of your SMTP (Outgoing) server. You may not need to authenticate when sending mail.
  • If you chose either POP3 or Local mbox file, the next page will the show the default where it will save your mail.
  • You may get a "Security" page, where you can choose SSL encryption to send and receive your emails. If you're unsure leave them unselected.
  • Click on the [Save] button to finish the configuration.

[edit] Using Claws Mail

Claws Mail allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu. Retrieving your email can be done from the toolbar button named Get mail or from the Receive submenu of the Message menu.

Button How the button functions
Get Mail Allows Claws Mail to receive all email.
Compose Opens a new email message dialog box. Press [TAB] to autocomplete the To: email address from the Address Book.
Reply Replys to the person who has sent you an email.
Reply to All Replies to everyone who was included in the email that you have received.
Sender Replies to the person who sent the email.
Forward Forwards the email message to another person.
Trash Moves the message to the Trash folder.
Spam Tells the program to learn the email as Spam, also has option to mark it as Ham. Moves the message to the Trash folder.
Next Moves to the next email in your folder.


[edit] Kmail

Docs Drafts DesktopUserGuide Communications k mail.png Kmail is the standard email client used in KDE it is installed by default from the live-cd and is also included in the DVD. Loading Kmail in KDE is done by clicking on Kmenu > Applications > Internet > Mail Client menu entry or alternatively Applications > Internet > Kmail in GNOME.

[edit] Configuring Kmail

  • Running the software for the first time displays the main Kmail page with links to help locations.
  • To configure your account you will need your email information from your internet service or email provider.
  • Setting up your account requires you to open the Configure Kmail dialog box from the Settings > Configure Kmail menu entry.
  • Selecting Accounts and pressing the [Add] button will launch a dialog that will ask you for the type of account you wish to configure.
  • After selecting the appropriate account type you will be greeted with a dialog that shows the different settings available for your account. Add your personal email configuration information to Account Name, Login, Password, Host. The other default settings could be left alone.

To add a new account in the future, or to modify an existing account, launch the configure Kmail from the Settings > Configure Kmail menu entry. In the dialog that appears, select Accounts then press the [Add] button to launch the Kmail Account Assistant again.

[edit] Using Kmail

Kmail allows you to create, store and send email by clicking the appropriate buttons located on the menu.

Button How the button functions
New Message Opens a new 'Compose email' dialog box.
Save as Saves the email.
Print Prints the message.
Check Mail in Downloads emails from the remote server.
Reply Replies to the selected email.
Forward Forwards the email message to another person.
Previous Moves to the previous unread email in your folder.
Next Moves to the next unread email in your folder.
Trash Deletes the email.
Find Message Searches for a specific email.
Create Task Creates a new task in KOrganizer.


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Additional Options
Kmail has additional options with the green arrow pointing down. While not covered specifically in this topic clicking the button and holding it down for a few seconds will show additional options.

[edit] Pidgin

Pidgin logo.pngPidgin is an instant messaging (IM) client that can access Gmail, MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, Jabber, and other IM and chat networks. For further information please refer to: http://www.pidgin.im

[edit] Configuring Pidgin

To start and configure Pidgin, select Applications > Internet > Internet Messenger from the menu panel in GNOME or KMenu > Applications > Internet > Pidgin in KDE.

The Add Account dialog in Pidgin.

Starting Pidgin for the first time goes directly into the Accounts dialog. To configure a new account follow these steps:

  • Click on the [Add] button to bring up the Add Account dialog.
  • In the Add Account window, under Login Options, click on the right side of the Protocol dropdown menu to show the available protocols and select the network appropriate for the account being created.
  • Enter details for the selected account, including Screen name, Password, and Alias. Select Remember password if desired. Click on the [Save] button to add the account to the account list.
  • Once the account is added, the Accounts window displays the new account.
  • New accounts can be added in the future by navigating to the Accounts > Add/Edit menu entry in the main Pidgin window.

[edit] Using Pidgin

Select one of the enabled accounts to see the Buddy List window. These Menus allow you to add additional IM contacts.


All 16 supported protocols are available at the same time within Pidgin. If you have setup several accounts in Pidgin, such as Yahoo, Google Talk, and AIM accounts, then all of your contacts for each of these accounts will be available to chat with at the same time, in the same contact list.

For more information see: http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/Using%20Pidgin



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Not all features supported
Pidgin does not support some features of the included protocols. Pidgin is useful for chatting via text across 16 different IM protocols, but not all the features in each IM system are supported. For example, video is not supported at this time.
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Fedora does not register accounts
Pidgin requires an existing account on some of the IM networks, created via the normal account creation process. For example, Pidgin cannot be used to create a Yahoo Instant Messenger account. Instead, visit http://messenger.yahoo.com to set up the account, then access it using Pidgin. This is true for most types of instant messaging, although some protocols - like Bonjour, IRC, or SILC - do not require accounts at all, and Fedora can setup accounts for some types of IM networks.

[edit] Kopete

Docs Drafts DesktopUserGuide Communications kopetef10.png Kopete is the Instant Messenger installed in KDE by default. Kopete can be found in Kmenu > Applications > Internet > Instant Messenger In GNOME Kopete can be found in Applications > Internet > Kopete. For further documentation on Kopete, refer to: http://kopete.kde.org/

[edit] Configuring Kopete

To start and configure Kopete, select Applications > Internet > Kopete from the menu panel in GNOME or KMenu > Applications > Internet > Kopete in KDE. Starting Kopete for the first time takes you directly to the creating accounts dialog. To configure a new account:

  • Click the selected messaging service you desire.
  • In the Account Information window, enter your details that you are using to connect to the services.
  • Make sure to fill out the details on the other tabs.
  • Once the account is added, click [Next] and choose the option to connect to the service and then click [Finish].
  • New accounts can be added in the future by navigating to the Settings > Configure > menu entry in the main Kopete window then clicking the [Accounts] button after it has loaded.

Kopete comes with a wide range of messaging services such as:

  • AIM
  • GroupWise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • Jabber
  • Meanwhile
  • MSN Messenger
  • Testbed
  • WinPopup
  • Yahoo

Accounts for these services can be added to Kopete using the steps above.


[edit] XChat

Xchat.png Xchat is an IRC chat program. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations and is capable of transfering files. More information is available at: http://xchat.org/

[edit] Configuring XChat

  • When you open XChat the XChat: Network List window appears. Fill in your choices for your Nick name, username and realname. Your username can be anything you like.
  • Now choose a network to join from the Networks window. Select which one you want by clicking it.
  • Select [Edit] which opens another window listing the network you selected. For now make sure the box Use global user information is checked. Go down to the Favorite Channels: field and type in the channel you want to join. You can also click on the small [Button] to the right of the field which will bring up a window where you can [Add], [Remove] and [Edit] your channels . Most networks require # placed before the name of the channel. For example: #fedora-userguide.
  • Click the [Close] button.
  • Select [Connect] and you are connected to your channel.
  • You configure your preferences for XChat while attached to the network. On the top menu bar select Settings > Preferences and choose your text, background and sound preferences.

[edit] Using XChat

  • On the top menu bar select Applications > Internet > XChat.
  • Click the [Connect] button and you are attached to the network(s) and channel(s) you selected above.


[edit] Konversation

Docs Drafts DesktopUserGuide Communications konversation.png Konversation is located on the KDE Desktop. It is a very user friendly IRC program. You can find details at: http://konversation.kde.org/

[edit] Configuring Konversation

To configure Koversation select:

  • Kmenu > Application > Internet > IRC Client.
  • The Servers List window pops up and has a default network listed. Select [New] or click on the default network then select [Edit].
    • Type in your chosen network in the Network Name: field.
    • Under Identity click [Edit] and add your user names.
    • Check the box Connect Application at Start-up to attach automatically when you open Konversation.
  • In the Auto Join Channels window:
    • Click on the default channel listed then [Edit] or just click the [Add] button to ad your choice.
    • Type in your desired channels, and passwords if needed, then click the [Ok] button.
  • You are returned to the Edit Network window. Select the [Ok] button.
  • Now click the [Connect]button at the bottom right in the Servers List window to attach to the network and your channels.

[edit] Using Konversation

  • Choose Kmenu > Application > Internet > IRC Client.
  • Konversation will automatically attach to your networks and channels.


[edit] ChatZilla

Chatzilla.png ChatZilla is an IRC chat program from Mozilla. It is easy to use and is a highly extensible IRC client. It has all the usual features including a built-in list of standard networks, easy searching and sorting of available channels, logging, DCC chat and file transfers. For more informaiton go to: http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/faq/

[edit] Installing ChatZilla

  • You can install ChatZilla using FireFox.
  • Launch FireFox and from the top menu bar select Tools > Add-ons > Get Add-ons.
  • In the box to the left of the Browse All Add-ons link, type ChatZilla and [Enter].
  • Select [Add to FireFox] then [Install Now]. You may get a message to re-start FireFox.

[edit] Configuring ChatZilla

  • Open FireFox.
  • On the top menu bar click Tools > Chatzilla.
  • The ChatZilla window opens where you will see the word *Client* in the middle of the page. At the bottom are links to a few of the most popular Networks. If your Network is among them just click on the link and ChatZilla will attach to it and automatically add it your Preferences > Startup (Tab).
  • It is real time-saver to edit your chosen Network and Channels so they automatically connect. Select Preferences > Startup (Tab) and scroll down to the Auto-connect URLs window, select the Network and click [Edit]. Now add /#your-channel to the end, click [Apply] then the [Ok] buttons.
  • If your Network is not listed, go to the top menu bar and choose Preferences > Startup (Tab), scroll down to the Auto-connect URLs window, click [Add], and type in your network. For example: irc://yournetwork., then click [Apply] and the [Ok] buttons.
  • If you know the channel you want to connect to automatically enter irc://yournetwork/#your-channel.. Don't forget to click the [Apply] and [Ok] buttons.
  • Finally, add few Nick names by selecting Lists (Tab) > [Add] and type in a Nick name and click [Ok]. Two or three Nick names are recommended in case someone else is using your first choice.

[edit] Using ChatZilla

  • Open FireFox.
  • On the top menu bar click Tools > Chatzilla and you will automatically attach to your Networks and channels.
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It is not necessary to have your channel(s) connect when you start ChatZilla. Once you have attached to your Network(s) you can select IRC > Join channel and type in your favorite channel, or part of it in the Quick Search box. Then click on the [Join] button when your channel appears in the box. But you will have to do these steps each time unless you setup ChatZilla to attach automatically .


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