GNOME turns ten today

GNOME, the most popular desktop environment for Linux, is ten years old today! The GNU Network Object Model Environment (although not often referred to as that anymore) was originally announced as a project to build a graphical environment based entirely on free and open source software.

At the time, rival environment KDE wasn't completely free and was frowned upon by the FSF because the underlying toolkit it runs on Qt, wasn't open source at the time. Here's an extract from the original announcement email:

* Goals

We want to develop a free and complete set of user friendly
applications and desktop tools, similar to CDE and KDE but based
entirely on free software:

- We want the applications to have a common look and feel, and
to share as many visual elements and UI concepts as possible.

- We want to use the GTK toolkit as our toolkit for writing
the applications.

The GTK toolkit ( and is the toolkit written by
Peter Mattis, Spencer Kimball, Josh MacDonald, for the GNU
Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) project

- We want to encourage people to contribute code and to test
the code, so that the software will compile out of the box
by using GNU's tools for automatic source configuration.

OSNews links to two pictures of GNOME - one back from 1997 and a recent one, and it really does show you how far the project has come.

So, here's to the future of GNOME!

[thanks to Jack Dunford for the tip]

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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  1. kiri (guest)

    # Posted on 16 August 2007 at 06:22 AM

    The link to a 1997 picture of GNOME you provided [ ] is a broken link.

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