Using GNOME/Installing

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If you do not have GNOME installed on your system, then there are many ways to install it

With a Linux distribution[edit]

Many Linux distributions offer GNOME as part of their package selections. Please check the documentation of your distro to see if GNOME is an available desktop enviroment.

Distribution specific help[edit]

  • In Debian type "apt-get install gnome"
  • In Ubuntu type "apt-get install gnome gdm"
  • In Mandriva (formarly Mandrake Linux) select GNOME workstation from the installer.
  • In Gentoo type "emerge gnome"
  • In ArchLinux type "pacman -S gnome"
  • In FreeBSD type "pkg_add -r gnome2"
Installation on any distro will most likely require root access.


Garnome is a script that lets you compile GNOME.

Live CD[edit]

If you want to try GNOME without installing, try a live CD that uses it such as Gnoppix, Gnome Morphix and Ubuntu Linux. If you want to easily compare GNOME and KDE, try a Fedora LiveCD - you can select which desktop to use at login time.

Other Operating systems[edit]

Sun Microsystems' Solaris offer GNOME BSD's can install it via ports or pkg-src. Just find the GNOME directory and type make install.