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GNOME2 is a popular desktop environment that provides many built-in utilities.
NOTE: GNOME3 has not yet been ported to FreeBSD. Once it has, it may be added as a desktop component in the PC-BSD installer.
Figure 6.1a shows a screenshot of GNOME2 on a PC-BSD 9.1 system with the Applications menu open:
Figure 6.1a: GNOME2 on PC-BSD
Each category in the Applications menu contains many applications and the Settings and System categories contain many utilities for configuring your system. If you are new to GNOME2, take some time to discover which applications best suit your needs. Some of the applications which are provided by GNOME include:
- Eye of GNOME: image viewer found in Graphics ➜ Image Viewer.
- Epiphany: web browser found in Internet ➜ Epiphany Web Browser.
- Brasero: CD/DVD burning software found in Multimedia ➜ Brasero Disk Burner.
- Totem: movie player found in Multimedia ➜ Movie Player.
- Evolution: email client with address book and calendar. Found in Office ➜ Evolution Mail and Calendar.
- Nautilus: file manager found in Utilities ➜ File Browser.
NOTE: some games, such as Gnibbels, Lights Off, Quadrapassel, and Swell Foop require 3D acceleration. If your video driver does not support this, you will not be able to launch those games.
You can find additional themes and wallpapers at gnome-look.org.