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GNOME Core Applications
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Initial releaseDecember 20, 1998; 25 years ago (1998-12-20)[1]
Written inC, C++, JavaScript, Python, Rust, Vala
Operating systemUnix-like
LicenseGNU General Public License

The GNOME Core Applications are a software suite of approximately 30 application software that are packaged as part of the standard free and open-source GNOME desktop environment. GNOME Core Applications have the look and feel of the GNOME desktop, and often utilize the Adwaita design language. Some applications have been written from scratch and others are ports.

The employment of the newest graphical widgets offered by the latest version of GTK in order to implement the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) ergonomically is the only feature which all GNOME Core Applications have in common. Most are graphical front-ends, e.g. GNOME Software, to underlying Linux system daemons, like e.g. journald, PackageKit, NetworkManager or PulseAudio.







GNOME Circle

GNOME Circle is a collection of applications which have been built to extend the GNOME platform,[2] utilize GNOME technologies, and follow the GNOME human interface guidelines. They are hosted, developed, and managed in the GNOME official development infrastructure, on Circle applications are not part of GNOME Core Applications.


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  2. ^ "GNOME Circle". Retrieved 2023-11-28.