Gnome Desktop Environment


The Gnome Project is non-profit project that writes desktop software and associated tools. They're flagship project is the Gnome Desktop Environment (often just called "Gnome"), which is the default desktop environment in many systems. The project also creates a large array of high quality tools for Gnome including a file manager, software manager, map viewer/editor, image viewer and many more.

It's a business friendly product and highly configurable. It's also possible to lock down Gnome to prevent accidental or malicious changes, also making it a good choice for public sector applications and educational environments.

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Gnome 3 is a very good desktop environment out of the box, but every now and again you'll wish something was a bit different, or that you'll need some additional functionality.

Fortunately, Gnome 3 supports plugins and has a large community of people who write add-ons to Gnome that allow you to tailor it closer to your needs. You can browse these plugins on the Gnome Extensions website.

Unfortunately, Gnome 3 is quite stringent on checking compatibility of these plugins. This means hat updating Gnome often leads to many of your plugins being disabled. It's possible to disable compatibility checking using the gsettings command line tool.

How to disable extension compatibility testing: gsettings set disable-extension-version-validation "true"

Enable it again by: gsettings set disable-extension-version-validation "false"

List of extensions that we have found useful:

  • Dash to Dock: Allows many customizations to your dock. You can even make it behave a lot more like the dock on Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Frippery Move Clock: An extension that moves your clock from the top middle to the top right of your screen.
  • Multi Monitors Add-on: Add multiple monitor support to the overview screen.
  • Places Indicator: Add a Places menu to your top bar, similar to the Places menu that was available in the Gnome 2.x series.
  • Pixel Saver: Integrates your window decorations with the top panel for maximized windows. It optimizes screen space usage.

This document is incomplete

This document is a work in progress. Planned additions:

  • How to lock Gnome down
  • How to set default and mandatory options using gsettings
  • List of useful Gnome tools and utilities

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