Chapter 2. The GNOME Desktop Environment

Introducing GNOME

GNOME is one of several graphical desktop environments included with Red Hat Linux. GNOME offers a user-friendly environment where you can easily access your applications and system. Both new and experienced users will be able to take full advantage of their Red Hat Linux system using the GNOME desktop environment.

This chapter covers the fundamentals of the GNOME desktop environment.

If you would like to learn about GNOME in more detail, you will find the latest GNOME-related information at the official GNOME website:


If you have both GNOME and KDE installed on your system, you can use applications from the other environment. For example, you can use the KDE email client, KMail, while you are working in GNOME. You will find access to the KDE applications in the Main Menu (the stylized foot at the bottom of the screen) under KDE Menus.