GNOME is a popular open-source desktop environment for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. It is designed to be user-friendly and provide a modern and intuitive interface for interacting with the computer.
GNOME includes a variety of applications and tools, such as a file manager, web browser, email client, media player, and office suite, as well as numerous utilities and settings. It also provides a number of features and enhancements to improve the user experience, such as a customizable panel and menu system, support for virtual workspaces, and built-in accessibility options.
GNOME is built on top of the GTK toolkit, which provides a set of widgets and tools for developing graphical applications. It is also highly extensible, with a large and active developer community that creates and maintains a variety of extensions and plugins to add additional functionality to the desktop environment.
GNOME is included as the default desktop environment in several Linux distributions, including Fedora, Debian, and Ubuntu, and it is available for installation on other Linux distributions and Unix-like operating systems. It is also the default desktop environment for several other open-source software projects, such as the GNOME Shell and the GNOME Foundation.
GNOME was originally created by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena in 1997 as an open-source desktop environment for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. They were inspired by the then-popular CDE (Common Desktop Environment), but wanted to create a more modern and user-friendly interface that would be freely available to everyone.
Since its inception, GNOME has grown to become one of the most popular and widely-used desktop environments for Linux, with a large and active community of developers and users. It is now maintained by the GNOME Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the development and use of GNOME, and oversees the development of the project’s software and community.