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The GNOME Project is a community that makes great software. GNOME is Free Software: all our work is free to use, modify and redistribute.
The GNOME Project was started in 1997 by two then university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people across the world, it is the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems. The desktop has been utilised in successful, large-scale enterprise and public deployments, and the project’s developer technologies are utilised in a large number of popular mobile devices.
GNOME exists because of its participants. Over 3500 people have contributed changes to the project’s code repositories, including the employees of 106 companies. It is the work of these collaborators that makes GNOME a reality. As a reflection of this, GNOME is governed along meritocratic principles; its leadership is drawn from the project’s contributors and includes accomplished developers, managers, designers, artists and writers.
Freedom and community go hand in hand in GNOME. The project’s software is free to download, modify and redistribute; its communication channels and development infrastructure are visible to all. It is this freedom and openness that enables the GNOME community to exist, by allowing new contributors to take part and enabling companies to collaborate in the production of mutually beneficial technologies. GNOME is proud to be a part of the GNU Project.
The GNOME project has a tradition of high-quality interface design which has been strongly influenced by usability principles and practice. GNOME software is available in a large number of spoken languages, and the project aims to ensure that its software is usable for everyone, including people with disabilities.
Since 2000, the GNOME Foundation has acted as the custodian of the project. The Foundation is GNOME’s legal body. It supports the project through the collection and distribution of funds, acts as the interface between the project and its partners, and provides strategic guidance.
GNOME’s new desktop takes elegance to a new level. We’ve swept away the clutter and made a simple and easy-to-use desktop, and we’ve made this the most beautiful GNOME desktop ever, with a new visual theme, a refined new font and carefully crafted animations.
An overview at a glance
The Activities Overview is the portal to all your computing activities. Quickly accessible using the top-left hot corner or windows key, it provides a single place to access windows, applications and even messages. The dash allows you to see which applications are currently running and the workspace switcher can be used to group windows.
Everything at your fingertips
Search is central to the GNOME desktop. Applications, windows, documents and even settings can all be quickly and easily searched for from one place. Accessing GNOME’s desktop search is as simple as pressing the windows key and starting to type. This is a great feature for people who like things to happen fast.
The web is seamlessly integrated into GNOME 3. Our software connects your applications with your online accounts, so that you can easily access documents and contacts that you have stored on the web. Web applications are also first-class citizens in GNOME 3, and can be used like any other application that you have installed.
GNOME 3 comes with a suite of stylish applications. These allow the full range of activities you expect from a modern operating system, including browsing the web, viewing and storing documents, instant messaging and video chat, playing music, watching videos, and much more. GNOME 3 also includes a full compliment of utilities, such as a file browser, calculator and text editor.
GNOME 3 incorporates a unique, built-in messaging system. Messages can be directly responded to from notification popups, and you can access your previous communications from the Messaging Tray which is always available from the bottom of the screen. This means that holding a conversation does not require repeated window switching.
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