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GNOME 3.10 showing the Overview mode
GNOME 3.10 showing the Overview mode
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Initial release3 March 1999 (1999-03-03)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC, C++, Python, Vala, Genie, JavaScript[1]
Operating systemUnix-like with X11 or Wayland
Available inmore than 50 languages[2]
TypeDesktop environment

GNOME is a computer desktop environment. It was designed for Linux, but many other operating systems can use it too. GNOME aims to provide an easy way to use a computer. GNOME is a free software project. It was made because people were questioning whether KDE is free. GNOME is part of the GNU project.

Aims[change | change source]

According to the GNOME website:

The GNOME project provides two things: The GNOME desktop environment, an intuitive and attractive desktop for users, and the GNOME development platform, an extensive framework for building applications that integrate into the rest of the desktop.[3]

The GNOME project puts heavy emphasis on simplicity, usability, and making things “just work” (see KISS principle). The other aims of the project are:

  • Freedom—to create a desktop environment with readily-available source code for re-use under a free software license.
  • Accessibility—to ensure the desktop can be used by anyone, regardless of technical skill or physical circumstances.
  • Internationalization and localization—to make the desktop available in many languages. At the moment, GNOME is being translated to 161 languages.[4]
  • Developer-friendliness—to ensure ease of writing software that integrates smoothly with the desktop, and allow developers a free choice of programming language.
  • Organization—to adhere to a regular release cycle and maintain a disciplined community structure.
  • Support—to ensure backing from other institutions beyond the GNOME community.

Applications[change | change source]

GNOME has many applications written for it. Some of them include:

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Owen Taylor. "Implementing the next GNOME shell". Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  2. "GNOME 3.2 Release Notes". Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  3. "About GNOME". Retrieved 2005-09-08.
  4. "GNOME Languages". Retrieved 2009-11-19.

Other websites[change | change source]