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GNOME is a feature-rich desktop environment provided by the GNOME project. It is one of the most widely-used desktop environments for Linux desktops and has been an important part of Gentoo for many years.

Gentoo currently has GNOME version 3, that features a redesigned UI, which is a total upheaval for users of GNOME 2. Getting familiar with it, at least for its basics, only takes a matter of minutes provided the user is directed to the right entry point. A rather good entry point to quickly get familiar with this new UI is the GNOME Help page.

Attempting to launch GNOME on Wayland while using the proprietary (binary blob) NVIDIA kernel module is unsupported. See this troubleshooting section for more details.

The recommended way to setup GNOME on Gentoo is described in the GNOME Guide sub-article for a more detailed approach on installing, configuring, and using GNOME.

See also

  • GNOME/Guide — attempts to describe all aspects of GNOME, including installation, configuration, and usage.
  • Gentoo GNOME Project - The official Gentoo project (team) dedicated to maintaining GNOME-related ebuilds for Gentoo.
    • Policy - Official policies for the Gentoo GNOME project.
    • Ebuild policies - Follow these directions when authoring GNOME ebuilds.
    • GNOME 3 upgrade guide - Official instructions for upgrading between GNOME revisions.
  • GNOME Display Manager (GDM) — is the daemon responsible for launching graphical display sessions via the Xorg display server or the gnome-shell directly via Wayland display protocol.
  • Desktop environment — provides a list of desktop environments available in Gentoo.
  • Epiphany — a simple, fast Webkit-based web browser built for GNOME and Pantheon
  • Gnome Applications Folders - How to customize the applications folders and improve the interface.
  • GNOME without systemd - How to run GNOME 3 under OpenRC, using Dantrell B.'s patchset (uses custom overlay, unofficial)
    • Users are free to use this overlay but contrary to the name, it's not the only way to use GNOME without systemd. For several years now, Gentoo has worked out of the box using the official packages without systemd.
  • Gnome Cheat Sheet
  • MATE — a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment designed to retain the look and feel of a 'traditional' desktop environment.

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