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GNOME is a desktop environment for Linux. It has a strong focus on simplicity and design. It is built using GTK+ and is one of the most seasoned and heavily developed projects. GNOME 3 consists of a shell (gnome-shell), several infrastructure components, and various apps that are intended for daily use. It has a variety of features including online account integration, availability of extensions, and versatile shell notifications.

openSUSE 13.1 featuring GNOME 3.10: Screenshot Gallery edit



As one of the two default desktop environments of openSUSE, GNOME can be easily installed via various methods. It is possible to install GNOME by mounting the Live GNOME Image on a DVD or a USB Stick, or select it as your preferred desktop during installation from the complete DVD Image which contains a larger collection of software and desktop environments. Download the DVD image or the Live GNOME DVD/USB image from the openSUSE download page.

If GNOME isn't installed by default, it can be installed by executing one as root of the following command lines:

  • zypper in patterns-openSUSE-gnome (for a complete GNOME desktop)
  • zypper in patterns-openSUSE-gnome_basis (for a minimal GNOME desktop)

There are other patterns that can add extra functionality and better system integration with GNOME that are worth checking.


A stable, usable, localized working environment

A key focus of the GNOME project has been its usability, resulting in high quality, consistent GUI based applications throughout the environment. The desktop itself, as well as the applications included in it are thoroughly tested for stability and have low memory footprints. Additionally GNOME offers support for more than 50 languages with at least 80 percent of strings translated, including the user and administration manuals for many languages. Along with great unicode support, this makes the GNOME interface truly international!



Free Software is about enabling software freedom for everyone, including users and developers with disabilities. GNOME's Accessibility framework is the result of several years of effort, and makes GNOME the most accessible desktop for any Unix platform.


Applications for the everyday user

The GNOME environment in openSUSE provides all of the common tools computer users expect of a modern desktop environment, such as e-mail, groupware, web browsing, social networking, file management, multimedia, and games. In other words, anyone with standard demands of a desktop should find GNOME very comfortable, and easy to use.

  • Browse your documents and directories with GNOME Files
  • For browsing websites and more use the Firefox web browser
  • A complete email client and planner in Evolution
  • Social and instant messaging and IRC through Empathy
  • For the complete multimedia experience - Rhythmbox and Totem
  • CD/DVD burning with Brasero
  • Photo browsing and editing with Shotwell
  • Read your subscribed feeds and news with Liferea
  • The best free image editor there is - GIMP
  • Advanced text editing using Gedit
  • To meet all your word processing and office needs LibreOffice

and many more!

See also

  • GNOME Portal for documentation, information about the GNOME openSUSE community, and a plethora of information about GNOME
  • GNOME repositoriesFor additional information about GNOME repositories and the software hosted on it. This page also describes what repositories are suggested and which are known to conflict with others.

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