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GNOME  is a popular, multi-platform desktop environment. GNOME's focus is ease of use, stability, and first class internationalization and accessibility support. Based on Free and Open Source Software, GNOME provides the common tools computer users need from a computing environment, as well as a flexible and powerful platform for software developers.

GNOME incorporates the Metacity window manager, a fully integrated window manager that uses GTK+ for User Interface elements, communicates tightly with the panel and other desktop elements, and is configured straight from the GNOME preferences dialogs.

GNOME is built from a large number of different projects including: Bonobo (a compound document technology), GNOME VFS (a virtual file system), GConf (storing application settings), GTK+ (a widget toolkit), Human interface guidelines, LibXML (an XML library), ORBit (a CORBA ORB for software componentry).

Many Linux distributions include GNOME such as: 64 Studio, CentOS, Debian, Edubuntu, Fedora, Freespire, Gentoo, KNOPPIX, Linspire, Mandriva, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Ubuntu.

Popular and robust applications such as Firefox, Galeon, Evolution, Gnumeric, AbiWord, GAIM, XChat, and more are based on GNOME or GTK+.

GNOME's tools and applications are available in 48 languages.

GNOME's main competitor is KDE.

 GNOME 2.20

Free to download

686.9MB (for GNOME 2.20 Live Media)

GNU Lesser General Public License
GNU General Public License

The GNOME Project


System Requirements
A machine with at least 384MB of RAM and a 800 MHz CPU

Support Sites:
DesktopUser Guide, Desktop System Administration Guide, GNOME Mobile, GNOME News, GNOME Support Forums, The GNOME Journal, GnomeFiles

Selected Reviews:
Ars Technica, Phoronix, eWEEK,

Some of GNOME's key features are:

  • Panel, a bar on the desktop that contains application launchers, system menus, panel drawers (sub-panels), or running applications called panel applets.
  • Nautilus, a powerful file manager, provides a user interface that makes it easy to organize and locate applications and documents, as well as novel ways to view file contents.
  • Evolution - a high quality email and groupware client
  • Epiphany - a web browser powered by the Gecko engine
  • Totem - GNOME's multimedia player
  • Evince - a PDF and Postscript viewer
  • Eye of GNOME - an image viewer supporting a large number of image formats including BMP, GIF, ICO, JPEG, PCX, PNH, SVG, TGA, TIFFF, XPM and more
  • Tomboy - a note taking application
  • GNOME Power Manager
  • Other utilities, for supporting a variety of everyday tasks, including: Text Editor, Calculator, Character Map, Sound Recorder, Performance Meter, Print Manager, Terminal
  • Panel Applets
  • Supports the following standards: XML, DOM, HTTP, HTML, CORBA, MIME, X11, NFS, TCP/IP, XDnD, Unicode, OpenGL[R], Media standards -- MPEG, JPEG, MIDI, AVI, Smart card, Removable media, IEEE-1394, USB, serial, parallel, SCSI, and PC card, and Energy Star

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