Know GNOME: Why GNOME?

Ever seen a garden gnome? It’s just sitting in your garden and serving its purpose passively regardless of anything. Linux was built with the purpose of serving the needs of its user in a faster and easier way than others, So it was essential that a minimal and fast user environment was to be built to counter the GUI portion of the OS. With time, GNOME emerged as the best User Environment for Linux Distros, being chosen as the default environment for Distributions like Debian, Manjaro, Fedora, etc. Even today as we use Linux as our OS of choice, most of the big players use GNOME as the de facto user environment.

GUI plays a major role today for choosing our personal use Linux, it’s usability, it’s customizability and it’s user experience. And In some cases, UI governs the existence of the Linux Distribution as seen in Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. Linux is growing in terms of users using the OS for personal use cases, and these Desktop Environments are the face of Linux for them. GNOME ( GNU Network Object Model Environment ) is an open-source project that develops and updates GNOME Desktop Environment and other major Linux applications used in most of the modern-day Linux Machines.

GNOME has a minimalist approach to the modern Linux Distribution which makes it more productive as well as appealing. If we have look at GNOME 3.36, the UI provides a clutter-free desktop with a panel on the top with tabs for Activities, Date / Time, and other toggles for Network Management, Battery, Volume, Notifications, and User functions. If we click on the Activities tab, a screen with favorite apps and open Activities pop up. Multiple Desktop can be accessed here. We can drag our activities to and from other Desktops without a hassle. Further, If we click on the All Applications button on the bottom of the Favourites panel, a second instance pops up with all the applications installed in a vertical mosaic kind of manner with some folders as well. These folders can be used in productive segregation of applications in case of too many applications. GNOME also provides some of the most used applications depending on the Linux Distro being used and can be easily installed in Flathub, Snap Store, and App Centre. Every function, instance, and panel in GNOME can be customized, buffed, nerfed (😉️), or disabled with the use of specific applets. I mean it’s Linux. Duh… 🙃️

GNOME is also known for its synchronization with online services like Google Accounts, Facebook, Flickr, NextCloud, and Microsoft for many essential services like Cloud Storage, Mail Sync, Calendar Events, etc. Every aspect of GNOME 3 has been crafted to fit together as a harmonious whole so that it offers a consistent and integrated experience. Developers have paid a huge amount of attention to detail, resulting in a smooth and polished product that is satisfying to use and beautiful to behold. In its entirety, GNOME is one of the most desirable Desktop Environment for Linux Distributions as of now.

But, regardless of saying, it’s not perfect. 😶️ Here’s what Quora thinks.

The reasons are pretty good. In some cases, GNOME can be slow, and maybe it might not please the person’s GUI goals, but that does not make GNOME a bad Desktop Environment. GNOME has been working on the Environment for around 21 years now and they have made it way better than it ever was and they keep doing their best to bring the best of all the users’ requirements and we as users can even contribute to the project. So, GNOME though not perfect is my favorite 😀️ and I won’t deny it.

GNOME is being used by most of the Linux Users today, So it’s pretty obvious that it is doing something that the others aren’t. I’ve tried my best to give a neutral opinion on the Desktop Environment. Know GNOME is a series of posts for the blog. And next up is Know GNOME: Customisations, So stay tuned for that. And Yup, do comment any other information you would like me to plug in the series…

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Neeraj Kumar

Hi ! I am Neeraj Kumar and I'm a Student, Freelance Blogger and Linux Enthusiast. I'm interested in Open Source technologies that aim at bringing Tech closer to the people.

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