is a popular, multi-platform desktop environment. GNOME's
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
GNOME incorporates the Metacity window manager, a fully
integrated window manager that uses GTK+ for User Interface elements,
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
Many Linux distributions include GNOME such as: 64
Hat Enterprise Linux, and Ubuntu.
Popular and robust applications such as Firefox,
and more are based on GNOME or GTK+.
GNOME's tools and applications are available in 48 languages.
GNOME's main competitor is KDE.
Some of GNOME's key features are:
- Panel, a bar on the desktop that contains application
menus, panel drawers (sub-panels), or running applications called panel
a powerful file manager, provides a user
interface that makes
it easy to organize and locate applications and documents, as well as
ways to view file contents.
- a high quality email and groupware client
- Epiphany - a web browser powered by the Gecko engine
- GNOME's multimedia player
- 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
Text Editor, Calculator, Character Map, Sound Recorder, Performance
Meter, Print Manager,
- Panel Applets
- Supports the following standards: XML, DOM, HTTP, HTML,
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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