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A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® 8 by Mark G. Sobell

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Chapter Summary

Built on top of the X Window System, GNOME is a desktop manager that you can use as is or customize. It is a graphical user interface to system services (commands), the filesystem, applications, and more. Although not part of it, the Metacity window manager works closely with GNOME and is the default window manager for GNOME on Red Hat systems. The window manager controls all aspects of the windows: placement, decoration, grouping, minimizing and maximizing, sizing, moving, and so on. Many aspects of GNOME and Metacity are controlled through the Start Here directory/menu system.

The most important object on a GNOME desktop is the Main panel (kicker), which holds application launchers, menus, drawers, special objects, applets, ...

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