SolutionBase: Performing common administrative tasks on a Fedora Core 5 workstation

Choose System | Preferences | Screen Resolution to open the Screen Resolution Preferences window

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Released on March 20, 2006, Fedora Core 5 is the latest release of Red Hat's community-supported "testing ground" Linux operating system. Suitable for use as either a desktop system or a server, before new features are added to Red Hat's mainstream commercial products, these features must first be proven and vetted in Fedora Core. In this article, you will learn how to approach common administrative tasks under Fedora Core 5, with the assumption that you are using Fedora Core as a desktop operating system rather than as a true server. I'll be performing all of the examples in this article using GUI tools whenever possible.

Managing personal settings

For many users, the first stop upon getting a new computer is often changing display preferences in order to somewhat personalize the look and feel of the system and make it more appealing (or cutesy) to use. Although many organizations have policies that forbid system personalization, these policies are often overlooked and not enforced. So, in the true spirit of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em", in this section, I'll show you how to customize your new Fedora desktop.

Of course, beyond the look, there is some real value to being able to change certain display settings, such as the resolution and color depth. You will also learn how to accomplish these goals.

Changing the display resolution and color depth

If you haven't already done so, or if you have made hardware changes, Fedora's Gnome implementation makes it super-simple (usually) to change your resolution and color depth.

From the System menu at the top of the screen, choose Preferences | Screen Resolution.