Every part of GNOME has been designed to make it simple and easy to use. The Activities Overview is an easy way to access all your basic tasks. A press of a button is all it takes to view your open windows, launch applications or check if you have new messages. Having everything in one place is convenient and means that you don’t have to learn your way around a maze of different technologies. It provides a focused working environment that helps you to get things done, and it is packed with features that will make you more productive. A powerful search feature lets you access all your work from one place. Side-by-side windows makes it easy to view several documents at the same time, and we even provide a way to turn off notifications when you really need to concentrate on the task in hand.

Every aspect of GNOME has been crafted to fit together as a harmonious whole, so that it offers a consistent and integrated experience. We 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. f you use online services to store documents or to organize your calendar or contacts, GNOME is just for you. It will seamlessly integrate with your online accounts, so that all your data can be accessed from the same place. This takes the work out of using online accounts and makes it easy to find things when you need them.

GNOME (preferred guh-nohm but often nohm) provides a very different desktop experience than traditional approaches such as those provided by Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s MacOS. They prefer a very minimal desktop that is intended to stay out of the way and maximize the amount of space for applications. When this approach was introduced with the GNOME 3 release, it proved to be quite a controversial decision. Previous versions of GNOME provided a more traditional desktop experience (although not quite the same as Windows and Mac). GNOME 3’s sweeping changes led to projects such as the MATE desktop which seek to carry on the previous approach of GNOME.

History aside, the GNOME team continues to refine and extend the capabilities of their desktop with each release and it is almost certainly the most widely used desktop environment on Linux as it is shipped as the default for Ubuntu and other commercial distributions such as Red Hat. It provides a solid base with a simple but robust set of configuration options. It is possible to add additional capabilities via extensions and to alter the behavior of the default desktop using a tweak tool. Perhaps the best way to put it is that most are satisfied with the out of the box experience but you are able to make changes as needed should you desire to do so.

One of the great strengths of GNOME is being very keyboard friendly. If you prefer to keep your hands on the keyboard you are able to do most things without using a mouse or touchpad. For example, you can open a program, reposition it, switch between applications and desktops and so on without your fingers ever leaving the keyboard. It can take a little time to familiarize yourself with the shortcuts but, once you know the basics, it becomes second nature and getting things done becomes an efficient and smooth process. That’s not to say you can’t do things with a mouse, touchpad, or even a touch screen as well.