The GNOME Desktop

GNOME stands for the GNU Network Object Model Environment — not that this expansion tells you much! Suffice it to say that GNOME is a full point-and-click environment. Figure 5-1 shows you what you see after you log in to your Fedora system.

Figure 5-1. The default GNOME desktop in Fedora 7.

To find out more about GNOME, visit the main GNOME site at

Keep in mind that the programs you have depend on the type of installation you chose and what customizations you made; if what you have is different from what you see in descriptions or the figures, don’t panic!

The GNOME desktop environment is divided into four parts:

The menus
The menu-and-icon panel at the top of the screen
The desktop panel on the bottom of the screen
The icons on your desktop

The menus

GNOME has three primary menus, all of them visible on the upper panel. From left to right, they are

Applications: Programs available through the Graphical User Interface (GUI). (See Table 5-1.)
Places: Shortcuts to special locations on your hard drive. (See Table 5-2. Note that you don’t have to use the special directories created for you in places such as Documents, Pictures, and so on.) Chapter 8 addresses this menu and its uses in far more detail.
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