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Part I. Basic System Configuration

This part covers basic system administration tasks such as keyboard configuration, date and time configuration, managing users and groups, and gaining privileges.

Table of Contents

1. Opening Graphical Applications
1.1. Opening graphical applications from the command line
1.2. Launching Applications with Alt+F2
1.3. Launching applications from the Desktop Menu
1.3.1. Using GNOME menus
1.3.2. Using KDE menus
1.3.3. Using menus in LXDE, MATE, and XFCE
2. System Locale and Keyboard Configuration
2.1. Setting the System Locale
2.1.1. Displaying the Current Status
2.1.2. Listing Available Locales
2.1.3. Setting the Locale
2.2. Changing the Keyboard Layout
2.2.1. Displaying the Current Settings
2.2.2. Listing Available Keymaps
2.2.3. Setting the Keymap
2.3. Additional Resources
3. Configuring the Date and Time
3.1. Using the timedatectl Command
3.1.1. Displaying the Current Date and Time
3.1.2. Changing the Current Time
3.1.3. Changing the Current Date
3.1.4. Changing the Time Zone
3.1.5. Synchronizing the System Clock with a Remote Server
3.2. Using the date Command
3.2.1. Displaying the Current Date and Time
3.2.2. Changing the Current Time
3.2.3. Changing the Current Date
3.3. Using the hwclock Command
3.3.1. Displaying the Current Date and Time
3.3.2. Setting the Date and Time
3.3.3. Synchronizing the Date and Time
3.4. Additional Resources
4. Managing Users and Groups
4.1. Introduction to Users and Groups
4.1.1. User Private Groups
4.1.2. Shadow Passwords
4.2. Managing Users in a Graphical Environment
4.2.1. Using the Users Settings Tool
4.3. Using Command Line Tools
4.3.1. Adding a New User
4.3.2. Adding a New Group
4.3.3. Enabling Password Aging
4.3.4. Enabling Automatic Logouts
4.3.5. Creating Group Directories
4.4. Additional Resources
5. Gaining Privileges
5.1. The su Command
5.2. The sudo Command
5.3. Additional Resources