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Installing essential RedHat applications

There are a number of Linux applications that can greatly improve your productivity.

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Installing OpenOffice

OpenOffice is the Unix equivalent to Microsoft Office. It reads and writes files that are compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

To install OpenOffice Writer (similar to Word) and Calc (similar to Excel), consider the following:

sudo yum install openoffice.org-writer.x86_64 openoffice.org-calc.x86_64

Installing Thunderbird and Lightning

Thunderbird is a e-mail client for Unix. Lightning is a calendaring plugin for Thunderbird. The installation command is as follows:

sudo yum install thunderbird.x86_64 thunderbird-lightning.x86_64


The U of I instructions for setting up Thunderbird on a Mac also works for RedHat:

Installing kdiff3

kdiff3 is an open source merge and difference tool that is able to perform a comparison of three files and allow you to interactively merge between those files. For more information and to download the source, see the kdiff3 sourceforge site.

Installing gvim (Graphical vi Improved)

gvim is the next generation vi editor. All the things that you wish the old vi possessed, is probably available in gvim. The installation command is as follows:

sudo yum install vim-X11
sudo yum install vim-enhanced

Installing Adobe (PDF) Reader

The Adobe PDF file format is a popular file format for read-only documents. The installation command on RHEL and Fedora is as follows:

sudo yum install acroread

Installing gimp

The gimp is a full featured image editor with a somewhat steep learning curve. However, some of the capabilities in the gimp rival that of commercial photo editing software. The installation command on RHEL and Fedora is as follows:

sudo yum install gimp.x86_64

My favorite GIMP Plugin, Tear-off, allows you to crop a screenshot with a jagged, torn page look. It also completes the look by automatically applying a drop-shadow to the ripped edge. Note: Python and PyGTK are required for this plugin.