This chapter introduces the KDE desktop in Fedora 11. It is easier to explain how to use the desktop throughout this guide after explaining some of the common terminology used with the KDE desktop.
The KDE Desktop
If Fedora 11 was installed from the KDE Live CD, KDE is the default installed desktop. If you installed Fedora 10 from the Fedora DVD image, GNOME is the default and KDE is available as an option on the login screen. If you wish, you can skip this section and go directly to the Tour of the GNOME Desktop or the Tour of the Xfce Desktop .
By default the KDE desktop has two distinct areas:
- The desktop area
- The KDE panel
The layout and location of these items can be customized, but the term used for each of them remains the same.
The desktop area is the large space where windows are displayed. The Home Folder and Trash icons are located in the top left corner of this area; users more familiar with Microsoft Windows may equate Trash to the Recycle Bin.
The KDE Panel is located at the bottom, and spans the entire width of the screen. It features the K menu and application launchers, displays the running applications as buttons, and gives access to the workplace switcher, calendar, and the clock.
The following sections discuss the KDE desktop area and the KDE panel in further detail.
The KDE Desktop Area
Before any additional icons are added to it, the desktop area is fairly empty and contains only the Home folder and Trash icon. Right-clicking on the desktop presents a menu of actions related to the desktop area. For example, selecting Configure Desktop lets you change the desktop background, configure the desktop behavior, or set a screen saver.
The KDE Panel (Kicker)
The Kicker Panel at the bottom of the screen has several icons with different functions.
When you open the Kickoff Application Launcher you have access to:
- Favorites tab contains the Web Browser, System Settings, File Manager, and favorite applications or places. Right click on the application or places icon and you can add it to the Favorites menu.
- The Applications menu lists all of the applications installed by default and those you have added.
- Clicking the Computer icon provides access to:
- System Settings
- Places such as your Home folder, Network, Root directory, and Trash.
- The Removable Storage sections displays any devices, such as flash drives or floppy discs, pluged in to your computer.
- Selecting Recently Used shows applications you have used and places you have been. It also displays:
- System Settings icon.
- Help manual icon.
- File Manager.
- Leave tab allows you to:
- Logout which ends your session.
- Lock will lock the screen.
- Switch User lets you start a paralled session.
- Suspend to Disk will pause the system without loggin out.
- Restart your computer.
- Shutdown turns off the computer.
At the bottom of each of these tabs is a Search window for finding what you want quickly.
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