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Fedora 3 Linux File Management

We all know the advantages of the Linux operating system. It's more stable, more secure, and free of abusive licensing and product activation schemes. But Linux hasn't taken over as the desktop operating system of choice. That's because of its reputation as being complicated to install, difficult to use, and lack of practical applications.

Installing Fedora is as simple as inserting the first CD-ROM into the drive and rebooting. With the release of the OpenOffice.org office suite, the lack of practical applications problem is gone. The thing first you need to know when moving to a new operating system is how to manage files.

In this article, you'll learn that managing files in Linux is just as easy as iit is with Windows, but without the abusive licensing and product activation schemes. The version of Linux we'll explore is Fedora 3 , but all versions of Linux will work similarly.

As with the Windows operating system, with Linux you could use the command line to manage files. But people don't like using the command line. We'll use a graphical file manager named Nautilus. Nautilus is the file manager that comes with the GNOME (pronounced guh-nome) desktop.

There are many other graphical desktops available for Linux - a popular one being KDE. Many Linux users prefer KDE because it comes with an office suite. However, the GNOME desktop has now adopted OpenOffice.org as its office suite. Fedora 3 installs GNOME as the default desktop.

GNOME can't create graphical elements by itself. It sits on top of the open-source X Window System. The X Window System (X Windows) used by Linux is maintained by the X.Org Foundation. It's X Windows that draws buttons, text boxes, dialog boxes, and windows on the computer screen. The Linux installation program (Anaconda) configures X Windows for your computer, but if you install a new video card, you may need to reconfigure X Windows.

This article assumes that you have X Windows configured and that you are using the GNOME desktop. You can launch the Nautilus file manager from the GNOME task bar. Choose "File Browser" in the "Applications" menu. The file manager will open the "home" directory if you are logged in as a user, or the "root" directory if logged in as "root". This article assumes that you are Logged in as "root".

Nautilus file manager

The navigation window is divided into a left pane and a right pane. In the right pane you can choose to view files as icons or as a list. If viewing as icons, to the right of the "Location:" text box you see two magnifier icons that let you control the size of the icons. I prefer to view files as a list. To the right of the magnifier icons is a drop-down list that lets you select to view as list.

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