In This Chapter
Discovering GNOME’s common features
Understanding the GNOME panels
Looking at Unity
Finding a MATE
In the days of old, Linux distributions used to come with one or both of two popular graphical user interfaces (GUIs): GNOME and KDE. GNOME and KDE are similar to Microsoft Windows but unique in one respect: Unlike Microsoft Windows, you can choose your GUI in Linux. If you don’t like GNOME, you can use KDE; and if you don’t like KDE, you can use GNOME. With both installed, you can switch between the two in a matter of seconds. Try doing that with Microsoft Windows!
Today, that basic choice is often still the case, with one big exception: GNOME has given birth to a number of different variants. You’ll find GNOME widely used, but you’ll also find that some distributions like to include desktops like Unity, Cinnamon, and MATE. When you encounter them, just know that they started as GNOME and were altered to ...