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GNOME As with most GNU programs, GNOME has been designed to run on all modern strains of Unix-like operating systems.
The initials stand for GNU Network Object Model Environment but this doesn't really help explain what it does, though. GNOME is a part of the GNU Project and an attempt to make a desktop environment which is free software and which runs on lots of platforms is consistent so that you use the same approach to do the same tasks in different programs, can be used by developers to develop software easily and is fun to use. GNOME can be used with several window managers including Sawfish http://sawmill.sourceforge.net/, Enlightment, http://www.enlightenment.org and Window Maker which allows a Next Step look like environment.
One of GNOME's most interesting features is session awareness. When you re-enter GNOME, it reconfigures your desktop to match the state at the time you exited. GNOME even restores each application to its former state. GNOME provides desktop tools including games, calendar, address book, etc, plus GIMP, the GNU Image manipulation program, office applications plus many more. Explore these application by clicking and holding the GNOME (footprint) icon. Once you are logged in.
The GNOME project acts as an umbrella, the major components of GNOME are:
GNOME is a large collection of software, created over the last years. It ranges in scope from small utilities to large, powerful systems, and from low-level development libraries to end-user applications. So what is it that all parts of GNOME have in common?
Even though it's extremely user-friendly, GNOME is a large and complex system, and as such, requires some learning to utilize to the fullest. To make that easier, we've provided some pointers to useful documentation.
The first resource you should look at is the GNOME User's Guide. It contains a wealth of useful information for the novice and experienced GNOME user alike. If you'd like, you can download the HTML or PDF GNOME.org