desktop environment and graphical user interface

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.

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GNOME Shell with GNOME Web (version 41, released in September 2021)
Original author(s)Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Initial release3 March 1999; 23 years ago (1999-03-03)[1]
Stable release
43.1[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 26 October 2022
Written inC, XML, C++, C#, HTML, Vala, Python, JavaScript, CSS, and more[3]
Operating systemBSD, Linux, Unix
PlatformWayland and X11
Available in38 languages[4]
TypeDesktop environment
LicenseGPL-2.0-or-later[5] Edit this on Wikidata


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.[6]

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.[7]
  • 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.


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

Related pagesEdit


  1. "GNOME 1.0 Released" (Press release). San Jose, California: The GNOME Project. 3 March 1999. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  2. "GNOME 43.1 released". Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  3. "The GNOME Open Source Project on Open Hub: Languages Page".
  4. "Introducing GNOME 41". Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  5. "GNOME License". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. "About GNOME". Retrieved 2005-09-08.
  7. "GNOME Languages". Retrieved 2009-11-19.

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