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LAB: Introducing Fedora and OSS

Meeting Three (Lab)


This will be the 1st lab session to be held at the Computing Lab at level B1 of N4.


  1. Before anything, do the following:
    1. Your account ID will be issued during your first lab session.
    2. You should approach the lab counter, 15 minutes before the lab session, to get your account ID
  2. Booting up a Linux box
    1. The lab machines are running Fedora 14. You are encouraged to install F14 from Fedora on your laptops/home machines.
  3. Become familiar with the desktop
    1. Choose OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice.org icon and create a document. Save it.
    2. Import any existing Microsoft word document that you have and check the formating
      1. Modify that document and save it in ODF. ODF stands for Open Document Format and text documents will be saved as odt (t as in text), presentations as odp (i as in impress) and spreadsheets as odc (c as in calc). You can also save them as sxi, swc and sxw which were the formats that Open Office 1.x has.
      2. How would you ensure that your document will not be edited by others? (Answer: save the document as a PDF - Portable Document Format).
  4. Lab exercises
    1. Choose dia and create a network diagram. save it.
    2. Import that dia network diagram into an oo.o presentation. A tutorial on how to use dia is available here.
    3. In the network diagram, show the following on a single corporate network:
      1. an email server
      2. a LDAP server
      3. a file/print server
      4. a router
      5. a bunch of desktops running Dia, OO.o, FF and Thunderbird
    4. Start Gimp
      1. import the image that you created using dia of the network and modify it by adding some colour. A bunch of GIMP tutorials can be referred to.
      2. add a photograph of a computer over the dia representation of a computer.
  5. Switching Desktops
    1. Assuming the machines have this setup, you should be able to choose the desktop you prefer at login time.
    2. At the login prompt, click on "Session" and choose from one from the list: KDE, Gnome, XFCE, Blackbox, Enlightenment (not all of them will be available on the lab machines).
  6. Email Etiquette
    1. Bottom posting vs top posting
    2. Deleting crud and keeping to the point
    3. Email best practises 





There are plenty of nifty little tricks that you can do to your machine to make it work better and more impressive. Here's a list of some of them: Feel free to contribute to the list. I am sure the lecturer will be very glad you did!!


  Topic Credit Remarks Date
1 Enabling Desktop Effects Qiyang Guide written based on machine at NTU SCE CL1, running Fedora 10/Gnome/NVIDIA Quadro4 380 XGL 22 May 2009
2 Monitoring Hardware Temperature Qiyang Guide written based on HP Pavilion dv2704TX, running Fedora 10/Gnome 8 Jun 2009
3 Customising your Taskbar Qiyang

Guide written based on HP Pavilion dv2704TX, running Fedora 11/Gnome/NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS, driver installed.

13 Jun 2009

*Note: Feel free to edit and improve on the articles, but do give credit to the author where they are due. We live for the credit... :-P


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Comments (2)

Eddie said

at 4:53 pm on Feb 2, 2010

hey guys(and girls),

seeing that most of the class have not tried installing fedora or are hesitant, may i suggest that you guys (and girls) take a look at VMware's VMware player. This software allows us to install fedora in a separate virtual machine. That way, it launches as a separate window in your operating system (windows vista/xp etc) The download step is quite a hassle though.


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