Quick Look: Ubuntu GNOME 14.04

Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 offers long term support, GNOME Classic and GNOME 3.10.

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Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS Desktop

Ubuntu GNOME is a popular spin of Ubuntu that uses the GNOME desktop instead of Unity. Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 has been updated to include GNOME 3.10, and GNOME Classic. This release also includes some gorgeous new backgrounds that will spruce up you Ubuntu GNOME desktop. And since it’s a long term support release you will be able to run it for the next few years with the maximum amount of stability and polish.

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Login Menu

The Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 login menu lets you easily choose between the regular Ubuntu GNOME desktop or GNOME Classic. GNOME Classic may be better for those who prefer a more traditional desktop environment with drop down menus.

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Classic Applications Menu

Here you can see the GNOME Classic Applications menu. It’s very easy to access application categories, utilities, system settings and system tools by just clicking on Applications in the panel at the top of your screen.

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Classic Places Menu

The GNOME Classic Places menu easily lets you navigate to your documents, downloads, home folder, music, pictures or videos. You can also browse your network and your computer.

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Software and Updates Menu

The Software & Updates menu lets you manage your software sources, updates, drivers and authentication preferences. You also have the option of adding other software via the Other Software tab, including software from Canonical Partners.

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System Settings Menu

The System Settings menu gives you quick access to all of your important settings. You can manage your personal preferences, hardware and system preferences. You can also search for a particular setting that you want to change.

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Tweaks Tool

The Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 Tweaks Tool lets you adjust the appearance of your system, desktop, extensions, fonts, power, windows, workspaces and other settings. The Tweaks Tool is incredibly useful in customizing your Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 desktop experience.

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Install

Installing Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 is quick and easy. It uses the same installer as Ubuntu 14.04. During the install you have the option of downloading updates while the install completes, and you can also opt to install third party software such as Flash and other media tools.

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Software Center

Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 also uses the Ubuntu Software Center. So you have access to thousands and thousands of free and open source applications. You can also get personalized recommendations, read user reviews, see star ratings for apps, and browse a list of top rated software applications.

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Wallpapers

Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 comes with a selection of new wallpapers. Some of these backgrounds are quite beautiful and should add some great eye candy to your desktop. You also have the option of using colors or pictures for your desktop wallpaper.