8.1:     Internet (client)

Web browsers

Two web browsers, Konqueror and Mozilla's Firefox, are installed with MEPIS Linux 7.0 and available by clicking KMenu --> Internet. If coming from Windows, be sure to consult Section 3.3 about migrating data.

Other common choices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#Browser


Email

Two email clients, Kmail and Mozilla's Thunderbird, are installed with MEPIS Linux 7.0 and available by clicking KMenu --> Internet. Thunderbird has its own wizard for account setup, and see the link below for instructions on setting up Kmail. If coming from Windows, be sure to consult Section 3.3 about migrating data.

Other common choices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#Email


Chat and discussion

IM

MEPIS Linux 7.0 comes installed with Kopete, a multi-protocol client. Start it from KMenu --> Internet --> Instant Messaging --> Kopete. In addition, you can use Skype (KMenu --> Internet --> More Applications --> Skype) or a web-based client such as Meebo in Firefox. See also Bluetooth, below.

Other common choices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#Instant_Messenger


Voice chat

Skype is installed by default in MEPIS Linux 7.0, though the Linux version currently lags well behind the Windows version. To start, click KMenu --> Internet --> More Applications --> Skype.

Other common choices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#Voice_Chat


Video chat

No video chat program is installed by default in MEPIS Linux 7.0, although Kopete can transmit webcam images under certain protocols. Ekiga and aMSN are available for download from the standard repositories; Ekiga in particular seems to have very good hardware recognition, including audio.

Other common choices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#Video_Chat


IRC

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) can be conducted in MEPIS Linux 7.0 by setting up an IRC account in Kopete.

Other common choices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#IRC


Usenet

The MEPIS Linux 7.0 user has a couple of choices for participating in Usenet (USEr NETwork), the distributed internet discussion system. Thunderbird can be set up as a reader by clicking File --> New... --> Account, selecting Newsgroup account and filling in the server name. There is also the dedicated Pan Newsreader with a large feature set that can be installed through Synaptic.


RSS

MEPIS Linux 7.0 offers three easy ways to subscribe to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. In Firefox, you can simply go to the page with the RSS and click Bookmarks --> Subscribe to This Page and the application you have selected under Preferences will open. There is also large range of add-ons that can be installed by clicking Tools --> Add-ons. Thunderbird can be set up for RSS feeds by clicking File --> New --> Account, selecting "RSS News & Blogs" and naming the account. Then right-click the new folder and select Manage Subscriptions. Finally, there is a dedicated application called Akregator, reached by clicking KMenu --> Internet --> News --> RSS Feed Reader (Akregator).


BitTorrent

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, can be managed by the KDE application KTorrent installed with MEPIS Linux 7.0 and found by clicking KMenu --> Internet --> File Transfer --> BitTorrent Client (KTorrent). Once you have downloaded a .torrent file from a tracker site, you simply need to double click it and KTorrent will ask you where to save the package and initiate the download.

Other common choices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#File_Sharing


FTP

You have a number of choices for FTP transfer in MEPIS Linux 7.0. You can use one of the browsers installed by default, Konqueror and Firefox; for the latter, there is also a useful FTP extension called FireFTP that provides increased functionality. Alternatively, you can use the dedicated FTP client provided by MEPIS Linux 7.0, gFTP, that can be found by clicking KMenu --> Internet --> File Transfer --> gFTP. See also Bluetooth, below.

Other common choices:  http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Linux_software#FTP


Bluetooth

Bluetooth provides a means to connect and exchange information between personal devices such as mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, etc., over a secure short-range radio frequency. The following bluetooth applications are available in MEPIS Linux 7: