GNOME 2.0 is an open source desktop environment and window manager for UNIX and Linuxsystems. It is now available on all ITS managed Solaris 2.9 workstations on campus.
GNOME can be started from the Solaris xdm menu by clicking on the
Sessions button and selecting
GNOME. Then log into the machine using your USC username and password.
If you have never logged into the SUN workstations before, you may get the following prompt. Select
GNOME 2.0 Desktop and click
GNOME will then show its splash screen, load components for a few seconds, then start.
Pre-defined links to programs can be found in the
GNOME (foot) menu in the upper left corner of the screen. Click on the
GNOME menu (the foot), then click on
Applications. In that menu you will find programs such as Netscape 4, a CD player, gnome-terminal, as well as all of the configuration for GNOME.
Since the programs in this menu account for less than 1% of the total programs available on the Solaris systems, you may still need to make your own links or use a terminal to call other commands and programs. Adding your own links is covered in the Customizing GNOMEsection of this document.
All the programs you run will show up on the Window List bar at the bottom of thescreen. For instance, if you were running a gnome-terminal, your Window List would look like this:
Minimized programs appear in the Window List with a gray icon and their name
in square brackets.
It is important to note that there are very few
Cancel buttons in GNOME. Most settings you change (pulldown menus, checkboxes, etc.) take effect immediately. You simply need to close the dialog when you are done.
Nautilus is the graphical file browser for GNOME. You can access Nautilus by double-clicking on the
username's Home icon on your Desktop. The preferences for Nautilus can be found in the
Edit menu under
The trash can on your GNOME desktop stores files that are pending deletion. It is an icon under your Home directory called Trash. You can delete files from your home
directory by dragging them to the trash. Nautilus also has a function called
Move to Trash. When the Trash is not empty, its icon shows papers in it. It is important to note that files in the Trash continue to take up space on your Solaris account until you right click on the Trash and select
Empty Trash, then click on the
GNOME Terminal is a GNOME replacement for xterm. It can be found in the
GNOME menu under
System Tools. The icon is called Terminal. There is also a launcher for it on the top panel next to the
Actions menu by default. GNOME Terminal can be accessed from any X-capable machine connected to a USC Solaris 2.9 machine.So for instance, you can set the remote command for xwin-32 for Windows or X11 for OS X to be
GNOME Terminal supports multiple tabs, which allow you to keep many shells connected to any number of different servers in the same window. You can open new tabs by pressing
Control-Shift-T, or by selecting
New Tab, then any profile from the list. You can switch between tabs by clicking on them or using
gnome-terminal Customization and Profiles
You can customize the way GNOME Terminal looks and functions by going to
Profiles.... Select the profile you wish to edit and click on the
Edit button. Most of the options in this dialog are pretty straightforward, so it is up to you to explore them and customize the terminal to your liking.
However, it you should make sure
Run command as a login shell is selected from the Title and Command tab. This will make sure that important files like your
.cshrc are loaded when the terminal starts up.