Gnome Elements Essay

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NT1430 Week 2 GNOME Elements This document will provide you with a brief introduction to the GNOME desktop for UNIX or Linux. You will get an opportunity to learn some basic terminology for GNOME components and some basic tips for configuring GNOME. Figure 1 displays a basic view of the GNOME desktop. [pic] Figure 1: Basic View of the GNOME Desktop Workspace (not labeled): In GNOME, your workspace is essentially your desktop; it is the view in front of you, including any open applications. GNOME supports multiple workspaces simultaneously, and you can use the Workspace Switcher [pic] —to switch between the workspaces. This provides you the unique ability to have multiple desktops simultaneously. Therefore, if one desktop is too cluttered, you can open a new one. On the switcher, click the workspace you want to see; or switch between workspaces by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Right Arrow. You can also right-click the title bar on an application and indicate the required desktop. To start an application, either double-click a desktop Launcher [pic] or click a launcher on the Menu Bar [pic] A launcher in GNOME is the same as a shortcut in Windows. GNOME has three menus The Applications menu enables you to start applications. The Places menu enables you to open locations in the filesystem directly and search for files and folders. The System menu enables you to set your personal preferences for the system and find several configuration and other system administration tools. You will need the root password to run many of these tools. The Menu bar is present on a Panel just a bar in a GNOME workspace that holds menus and other applets [pic] An applet is a small application that does one specific job or a set of jobs. Seven applets run on the default Fedora top panel: • Menu bar • Tomboy notes—a sticky notes–style applet •

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