Linux Makes Granny Cry
Granny shares her love of Linux with a new review of her very favorite KDE programs.   Read other Linux software reviews by Granny:  Even Granny Has Linux Installed  and   Granny Dumps MS-Office for Star-Office     Other beginner articles are available here.

Dear Linux friend,
It's so nice to have you visit and read my new article on the joys of Linux use. I know you think an old fogie like me can't possibly enjoy Linux, but I DO, I DO! This week let me share with you how fun it is to use Linux.

I am so pleased to install a new updated Linux that comes with even more goodies. Let's look at some of my favorite programs that are just so practical and helpful and good.

I installed KDE. It is frothing with useful tools that are included for FREE, but you know that already don't you? This really means a lot to an old lady on social security.

KMail , a great beginner mail program with a very easy to use interface

Emailing is easy even for me thanks to those fabulous programmers, especially my dear sweet Stefan Taferner, the original writer and those two guys who've chosen to keep it alive and going: Ingo Klocker and Don Sanders. But thanks also go to the many programmers who worked on the code, added encryption etc. I love you all!

I know it is true that Xamian Evolution is so much more powerful. But I'm just looking for something simple and very easy to use for my basic emails.

KMail makes sending emails to friends, and especially my adorable little grandkids, a cinch. I open the program, write my mail, and press the send button. Wallah, it works without a hitch. So simple even I can't bobble it up!

But wait, KMail adds a lot to the simple interface. If for some sad reason I am visiting family and have to use my son's Outlook Express, then I can simply import the Outlook Express files or even easier, I import the text emails from any email program.

Nice features, very simple interface, and free. Thank you KDE KMail team!   Now you can try this too, if you have KDE installed, simply type at the prompt: kmail     Or you can usually find it under the Internet tools as an E-Mail icon.

Kate, new users gain a lot from this very easy to use text and html editor

I know that those super users of Linux tend to call Kate an "editor." To me it is a wonderful and simple way to keep my web pages updated. Kate is incredible. It allows highlighting for so many different languages.

If you're just writing straight html, or adding PHP, Python, Perl, this editor will adapt to your code and mark it for easy writing and reading. Just look at the options for your self to see what I mean.

Kate is also very smart and automatically makes a backup of the file you are editing. This is very important to a little old lady like me since sometimes I accidentally write over my important files! But not with Kate!

Kate is also very smart because even though I imported a bad font in my html, I can easily replace the bad character with the correct one in seconds.

Thanks to Kate, you're reading my nice new webpage written by an old lady. How long did it take? Less than five minutes. To someone who wants to make every last minute on this good earth count, this means a lot!

Thank you Christoph Cullman for keeping this up-to-date. Thank you Kate writers especially folks like Jochen Wilhemly! You've made this little old lady very happy and if you're in the neighborhood I would gladly give you some hot cocoa and some of my fresh biscuits, and of course a great big hug!

You can start Kate (aka KDE Editor or kwrited) by typing: kwrited     Or find it usually under System Tools as Editor or KWrite.

Well, it's time for my afternoon nap.  Next time I write I hope to review my favorite internet programs.   I will show you how to use the simple and powerful GNU FTP program (gftp), how easily I chat with all of my friends and family using Kopete, and a brief look at Invitation remote desktop sharing.

Special Ed writer

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