Gnome – Desktop Environment

Gnome – Desktop Environment

GNOME

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

Settings

gnome-control-center: is the basic environment configuration GUI

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. 

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 zo be installed for chrome based browsers. Installing extensions over this ll make you able to remove them from gnome-tweak-tool and updating them over the website.

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/

Tools

gnome-disk-utility

gnome-disk-image-mounter

gnome-system-monitor

gnome-terminal

gnome-text-editor

gnome-font-viewer

gnome-logs

gnome-screenshot

gnome-calculator

Gnome Desktop Apps

gnome-online-accounts:

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

It is easy and self exploring:

gnome-calendar:

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.

gnome-contacts

gnome-maps

gnome-recipes

gnome-weather

gnome-music

gnome-documents

Tricks:

If you do not make use of gnome-music gnome-documents you can savely uninstall them together with tracker, this will reduce system load a lot!

$ sudo pacman -Rsc tracker

Lightdm + Lightlocker - screensaving options does not work:

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

https://antergos.com/wiki/desktops/gnome/working-solution-to-use-lightdm-and-lightlocker-under-gnome/

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