GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) is a collection of GTK-base software that provides the desktop environment GNOME-Shell. This is a very general tag that should only be used for questions referring to GNOME in general, and not a specific component.

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GNOME-Shell, is probably the most well-known DE available and is a GTK-based desktop environment.

Use of the tag

Use it when asking about the the Desktop Environment GNOME as whole, how to run non-native gnome applications in GNOME, general configuration and behavior change.

If you want to ask about or some other GNOME application, use that as tag instead.

Key Features

  • Automatic Workspace management

    At any given moment, it only keeps open as many workspaces as you have active windows on, plus an extra empty one to start more windows. When you remove all the windows from a workspace, that workspace will be removed until you need it again.

  • Extensions

    An unique features to GNOME Shell's and it functionality and interface can be extended or modified through the use of extensions. For more information on how to install these extensions, see How to install GNOME Shell extensions.

  • Messaging Tray

    It provide a uniform interface for messages, notifications, and alerts. Allow the user to stay focused on the primary task and have controllable information display. It also provide a lightweight interface to background operations.

System Requirements


  • Processor - 1 GHz (x86)
  • Memory - 768 MB
  • Hard drive capacity - 7 GB
  • Video card - VGA @ 640x480


  • Processor - Better than 1 GHz (x86)
  • Memory - 1 GB
  • Hard drive capacity - 10 GB
  • Video card - VGA @ 1024x768

How to install

Click this link to install the gnome-shellInstall GNOME Shell package, find it in the Ubuntu Software Center, or type sudo apt-get install gnome-shell in a terminal. There are more instructions here

But it is recommended to install it from the official image (.iso) that can be downloaded at this page.


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