Assignment 2.1 12/17/2013
1. The two predominant Linux desktops currently in use are GNOME and KDE. GNOME is a desktop environment and graphical user interface (GUI) that runs on top of a computer operating system. It is composed entirely of free and open source software and is developed by both volunteers and paid contributors, the largest corporate contributor being Red Hat. KDE is an international free software community producing an integrated set of cross-platform applications designed to run on Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows, and OS X systems. It is known for its Plasma Desktop, a desktop environment provided as the default working environment on many Linux distributions, such as Kubuntu, Pardus, and openSUSE.
2. Panel – these are the bars at the top and bottom of the screen. They hold objects or icons which are shortcuts or applets.
Menu bar – the menu bar appears at the top of the File Browser window and displays a drop down menu when you click one of its selections. The Nautilus File Browser menu bar controls which information is displayed and how it is displayed.
Applet – this is a small program that displays its user interface on or adjacent to the panel. (EXAMPLES: clock or workspace switcher)
Notification area – an applet that displays icons of applications that are running and open. (For example, if you’re playing the CD player, this would show in the notification area)
Shading – this appears to be a graphical enhancement. GTS – GigaTexel Shading boasts of Cinematic effects
Location bar – this appears below the main toolbar. It displays the name of the directory that appears in the View pane. It can be displayed either iconic or textual.
Nautilus – is a browser tool. This component gives you two ways to work with files: the traditional File Browser view and the Spatial view, which is the default view with Fedora/RHEL.
Workspace – this is a subdivision of the desktop and how it is displayed....