GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) is a collection of GTK-based 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.
GNOME Shell, is one of the most well-known desktop environments available, and is a GTK-based desktop environment.
Use of the tag
Use it when asking about the the GNOME desktop environment as a whole, how to run non-native gnome applications in GNOME, general configuration and behavior change.
If you want to ask about nautilus or some other GNOME application, use that as a tag instead.
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.
GNOME Shell and its 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.
GNOME Shell provides a uniform interface for messages, notifications, and alerts. It allows the user to stay focused on the primary task and have controllable information display. It also provides a lightweight interface to background operations.
- Processor - 1 GHz (x86)
- Memory - 1.5 MB
- Hard drive capacity - 7 GB
- Video card - VGA @ 640x480
- Processor - better than 1 GHz (x86)
- Memory - 1.5 GB
- Hard drive capacity - 10 GB
- Video card - VGA @ 1024x768
How to install
Click this link to install the gnome-shell package, find it in the Ubuntu Software Center/Software app, or type
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell in a terminal. There are more instructions at How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME?