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Gnome – Desktop Environment

GNOME 3.28

An easy and elegant way to use your computer, GNOME 3 is designed to put you in control and get things done.


gnome-control-center: is the basic environment configuration GUI (click on the picture to open video)

The Gnome Control Center can be found by pressing the Super key, also know as the Windows key, or pushing the mouse to upper left corner of the screen. This should bring up Activities Overview.

From here, you can type to search for anything. In this case, we would type “gnome control center” or just “settings”. To open it, simply click on it with your mouse or just press Enter on the keyboard.

Adding Keyboard in another language (Keyboard Layout):

Can be a bit complicated as the settings are lagging in a userfriendly design, it is hard for a lot users toi get into the pop up expanding it and click on more to see aviable keyboard layouts…

Here is a video on how it will work: (click on the picture to open)

Keyboard Layout Gnome

For the configure the Gnome Shell behavior and look and feel, we get gnome-tweak-tool:

Gnome Tweaks are mostly for enhancing the look and feel of the Gnome Shell. Appearance: Theme settings The Global Dark Theme switch allows for themes that provide this option (like the default Adwaita) to global enable the dark look also for gtk2 apps, if youn have a theme with a dark look itself it will mostly have a gtk2 dark setting inside. To get Shell Theme working you need to enable user themes inside Extensions. Extensions:As GNOME always does, it simplifies everything, if you want to customize certain things, the extensions are probably the place for it. Fonts:  On modern displays you will need to put this too slight or None  and Rgba. Startup Applications: very usefull to autostart apps you want too.

Gnome shell extensions:

Remember that there are two ways to get extensions installed.

1: over package management, this ones can not be removed inside gnome-tweak-tool and also updating is only possible over package management.

2: gnome shell extensions internetside https://extensions.gnome.org , needs only the package chrome-gnome-shell to be installed (works for all browsers). Installing extensions over this will make you able to remove them with gnome-tweak-tool and updating them over the website.

To get notified about extension updates install extension-update-notifier !

Some usefull extensions:

Drop Down Terminal: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/442/drop-down-terminal/

Open Weather Integration: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/750/openweather/

Panel OSD: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/708/panel-osd/ (Configuring where on the (main) screen notifications will appear, instead of just above the message tray)

Tiling Windows for Gnome: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/294/shellshape/

Wallpaper Autochange: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1225/wallpaper-changer/

Set Super key, to application view instead of the view with the windows:












Gnome Desktop Apps


Lets you integrate google account, facebook e.t.c. inside the shell:

It is easy and self exploring:


If you already insert your google account inside online accounts, you have access to your google calendar over this app.

You can add tasks, edit them and add also new calendar if needed.

It is able to work with google, OwnCloud and Microsoft Exchange.








Lightdm + Lightlocker – screensaving options does not work:

here is the trick to get this working without switching to GDM:



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