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What is GNOME?
A "Desktop Environment" built on top of the X Window System
  • A Widget/Control Library (GTK+)
  • A UI Convention and Library (gnome-libs: basic dialogs, menus)
  • A Window Manager (Sawfish, others)
  • Inter-application Communication (CORBA/ORBit)
  • Filesystem abstraction (GNOME-VFS)
  • Suite of basic applications
    • Panel
    • Control Center
    • File Manager
  • Other random pieces (printing, sound, image rendering, etc)

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