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Fedora 17’s initial screen is utterly empty. Like Windows 8 Metro or Ubuntu Unity, this is not a Windows, Icons, Menus, and Pointers (WIMP) interface.
To get to your applications, you need to click on the Activities button in the right-hand corner. From there, you get a choice of “Windows,” which shows you currently running applications and “Applications,” which shows all the applications on the system. The left-hand bar contains your favorite application list.
You can either search for an application, or as here, look at all the applications from one area. In this case, these are the network applications that are installed by default.