Getting Started in Fedora and RHEL
This chapter takes you on a tour of your desktop
going through the process of logging in,trying out some features, and customizing how your desktop looks and behaves. Sections onKDE, GNOME, and Xfce desktops contain reference information on how to set preferences,run applications, configure panels, and work with the file managers. The last section describeshow to use the Display Settings window to configure your video card and monitor, if theywere not properly detected.Newer desktop features described in this chapter include the GNOME Online Desktop andAIGLX desktop effects. Using Online Desktop, you can organize and easily connect to yourfriends and accounts with Internet services such as Flickr, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook,Mugshot, and many others. With AIGLX, you can get interesting desktop effects, such aswindows that wobble when you move them or changing workspaces on a revolving cube.
Logging in to Fedora or RHEL
Because Linux was created as a multiuser computer system, you start by logging in (even if you are the only person using the computer). Logging in accomplishes three functions:
It identifies you as a particular user.
It starts up your own shell and desktop (icons, panels, backgrounds, and so on)configurations.
It gives you appropriate permissions to change files and run programs.After the computer has been turned on and the operating system has started, you see either agraphical login screen (default) or a text-based login prompt. The text-based prompt shouldlook something like this:
Fedora release 10Kernel 2.6.27 on an i686localhost login:
If you see a text-based login prompt instead of the graphical login screen, and you want to use theGUI, type your user name and password. Then when you see a command prompt, type
to start upyour desktop.
The graphical login is typically your entry into the graphical user interface (GUI). For thecurrent Fedora release, the login screen is enabled for Face Browsing. This means that useraccounts you add appear on the login screen, so you can click one to log in as that user. Usersalso can add an image (96x96 pixels by default) to represent themselves in the About Mewindow (select System
About Me to add your own image).Figure 3-1 shows the middle of the graphical login screen, with a single user selected.