The GNU Network Object Model Environment
The GNOME (pronounced "Gah-NOME") project's aim is to build a complete, user-friendly desktop based entirely on free software. It is not a window manager, and in fact has to be run in conjunction with a window manager. GNOME has advanced rapidly and is now very popular, particularly on the Linux platform.
The site to go to for all GNOME information and downloads is The GNOME website. Other sites of interest include:
- FootNotes: Gnome Desktop News.
- gnomesupport.org: various support resources for GNOME users.
- art.gnome.org: GNOME themes, backgrounds, icons, etc.
As mentioned above, GNOME has to be run alongside a traditional window manager. This is typically Sawfish, which is in fact shipped with GNOME. Any window manager can be used, but if that window manager is not GNOME-aware, you will lose some functionality. Enlightenment and Icewm are other GNOME-aware window managers.
Here are some screenshots from old GNOME 1.x releases:
- From the project website, added in April 1999: a screenshot (195k) of a GNOME desktop with the Enlightenment window manager.
- From email@example.com, added in October 2000: This screenshot (208k) uses the "microGUI" theme of the Sawfish window manager.
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in February 2002: This screenshot (146k) shows the GNOME desktop running XMMS with the Nautilus plugin.
And here are some screenshots from GNOME 2 releases:
- From email@example.com, added in October 2002: This screenshot (248k) shows the GNOME2 desktop running the Aisle Riots solitaire game, Gnumeric, and a GTK+2 demo. And this screenshot (136k) shows the same desktop running fsv, a 3D file browser.
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in October 2002: This screenshot (119k) shows GNOME2 in the "Bumblebee" theme, with the Metacity window manager in the "Crux" theme.
- From email@example.com, added in January 2005: This screenshot (280k) is of GNOME 2.8.1 using Redhat's Bluecurve theme.
Many more screenshots are available from the GNOME Project website.
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(last updated: Tue Oct 31 12:00:00 GMT 2006)