Welcome to NANCE/SOWERS Genealogy and More

(always under construction)
(FOR BEGINNERS like myself)
Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.
For those of you who are tired of Microsoft with the continuing problems it has especially "Locking Up, Virus Attacks and More" here's an alternative.... Try Linux ... It's FREE yes FREE. and comes with everything you need, or if not all you need, you can find it on the web.. somewhere for FREE! My first experience with Linux.. I partitioned my hard drive with Partition Magic so that I had 2 OS on my computer. I personally use Fedora ver 12 as of (8/10) it uses GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment (pronounced "guh-nome") or KDE (K Desktop Environment) desktops. I have a dual boot system on my laptop computer but I have only Fedora on my desktop

Linux Software:
Debian GNU/Linux Mandrake Linux Red Hat Linux Slackware Linux SuSE Linux
Fedora and the older versions of Red Hat Linux come with:
The Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) a graphics program comparable to Photo Shop or Paint Shop Pro, a great book to check out is Grokking the GIMP. Another good book: GIMP Essential Reference. You should also check out the GUG - GIMP Users Group. In Fedora Core 2 GIMP I have found is a little more user friendly. Here are some samples of what GIMP can do.
Emacs is the extensible,  customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor. I use it a lot to edit my webpages.
Edutainment some neat educational programs. Want to learn a new word try the KHangMan
GNOME Terminal is a terminal emulation application
Office productivity software comparable to Microsoft's Office.
JPilot syncs my Palm m500 - palm pilot
Glade Interface Designer I use this to upload my webpages.
gphoto2 - I use this to get photos off of my Canon Power Shot A60
from the command shell in root type: gphoto2 --get-all-files (make sure 1st that you are in the directory you want the photos put into before typing command)
Since I installed Fedora Core 3 I also installed a "XP 9 in 1 combination smart media reader/writer" which has made getting the photos off of on my camera so much more easier. I'm still using the Canon A60 so I pop my CompactFlash in the reader upload the pictures to my computer and open GQview to view and delete unwanted pictures.
55 Games - Including Solitare, Tali - a yahtzee game, Freecell, Mahgongg, and many others
Text Editor like notepad
PDF Viewer
GNOME Calculator a mathematical and scientific calculator that includes arithmatic, trigonometric and logarithmic functions
Dictionary enables you to look up an online dictionary for definitions and correct spellings of words
KTouch - A typing tutor
Character Map
File Roller a graphical application for viewing, unpacking and creating archived files
GNOME Pilot syncs with palm pilots
KColorEdit palette files editor
gtKam digital camera tool
Eye of GNOME allows you to view image files.
GQView another program to view image files I have found this to be very usefull when looking at a directory of pictures for editing, deleting or whatever
GNOME Ghostview enables you to view PostScript and PDF files.
KIconEdit creates icons
KuickShow image viewer
KPaint simple bitmap program
Kooka KDE program
GRIP CD player and ripper works with (that I have used):
Mozilla - Web browser that I used years ago
XMMS An MP3 player that is tricky to set up.. you can't use the one that comes with Fedora you have to totally remove it and install RH9 version of XMMS to work for now (11/12/04)
Extras you can add:
Real Player - supports RealAudio, RealVideo 10, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and Theora, H263, AAC and more.
GAIM An instant messenger, allows you to set up various accounts with places like Yahoo, AIM, IRC, MSN and others. The GAIM that comes with Fedora Core 2 I couldn't get to work till I did "Available Updates"
ver 7.1 - Note (3/24/2004) I was having problems with Netscape 7.1 (which had some neat new features) but I put 7.0 on and have had less problems.
Firefox - Web browser that I have started to use (11/15/04)
Thunderbird - Email program -
Messenger - for UNIX
GRAMPS - (Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System) an open source genealogy program that works in Linux newest update ver 1.0.8 as of 11/9/04
- another FREE genealogy program for Linux
Usefull links:
- visit their forum where Linux newbies can ask questions and Linux experts can offer advice.

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