Some Important Gnome Applications

GNOME ships with many small and not-so-small programs that can help make using Linux a more productive and enjoyable experience. Some of these programs, such as Nautilus, have been alluded to earlier, and others are described in other chapters of this book. Some of the most important of these tools are listed here:

GNOME Control Center This program (gnome-control-center) is essentially a launching tool for many of the configuration modules described earlier, such as Keyboard Preferences and Theme Preferences.

File Roller Linux provides command-line tools, such as tar, gzip, and zip, to manage archive files such as tarballs. The File Roller (file-roller) is a GUI front-end to these tools, enabling you to preview what these files contain, create new archives, and so on. Some distributions call this tool the Archive Manager on their menus.

GNOME Terminal This program (gnome-terminal) is a variant on the common xterm. It runs text-mode programs within a window on the GNOME desktop. By default, GNOME Terminal runs your login shell, such as bash.

gEdit This program (gedit) is GNOME'S editor. It is a fairly lightweight editor, so if you need something with lots of extras, look elsewhere.

Evolution This program (evolution) is one of many e-mail packages based on GTK+. Others include Balsa and Sylpheed. E-mail readers are covered in more detail in Chapter 8.

Galeon The web browser that's most closely associated with GNOME is Galeon (galeon). This package uses the same rendering engine as Mozilla and Netscape, but it is much slimmer.

Games GNOME ships with a number of small games, such as GNOME Mines and Mahjongg.

The GIMP This is the most powerful bitmap graphics package for Linux, and it's closely associated with GNOME. It's covered in more detail in Chapter 8.

GNOME PPP This tool, also called the GNOME Dialup Utility (gnome-ppp), is a GUI PPP package. You can use it to initiate a connection to an ISP via an analog telephone modem.

GNOME Office A sub-project of GNOME is GNOME Office, which is an effort to create a coherent whole out of a disparate group of office tools. A few of the programs just described are technically part of GNOME Office, but GNOME Office is most focused on office productivity tools such as word processors and spreadsheets. It's described in more detail in Chapter 8.

Most of these programs are accessible from the Applications menu on most GNOME installations. Many are installed from their own packages, though, so some may be missing from your menu; and any given distribution might or might not include a tool on its default menus. Many installations include a KDE Menu submenu off of the main

Applications menu, so you can access KDE's tools from GNOME. As with KDE's tools, you can use most GNOME tools from other environments, as well. Therefore, if some of these tools appeal to you but you prefer KDE, XFce, or a roll-your-own solution, you can use the GNOME tools from your preferred environment.

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