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Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 14:26

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GNOME official provides guide book in HTML only and not in PDF. But if you search further, you can find that openSUSE provides free 200-pages GNOME guide book in PDF. It is titled GNOME User Guide - openSUSE Leap 15.0, however, seeing how general the book is, everybody could read it even though they use instead Ubuntu or another GNU/Linux distro. It covers introduction to GNOME 3 user interface, shortcut keys, file management, system settings, network & printer sharing, image editing (GIMP), CD burning (Brasero), multimedia playback (Totem), and many more. You can download, read, print out, and redistribute this book to learn by yourself and you friends! It's also a good idea to bring printed copies to school to train students and teachers. The ebook is licensed under free license (GNU FDL) and available gratis. Go download it and happy reading!

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For Whom

For everybody who wants to learn GNOME Desktop Environment on their computer regardless GNU/Linux operating system being used.


  • URL address:
  • File name: book.gnomeuser_color_en.pdf
  • File type: PDF
  • File size: 3.6MB
  • Title: GNOME User Guide - openSUSE Leap 15.0 
  • Author: SUSE LLC and Contributors
  • Number of pages: 203
  • Paper size: A4, Portrait (8.27 × 11.69 inch)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2018 
  • License: GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 or 1.3
  • Price: gratis

Table of Contents

Part 1: Intro
  • Getting Started with the GNOME Desktop
  • Working with Your Desktop
  • Customizing Your Settings
  • Assistive Technologies

Part 2: Connectivity
  • Accessing Network Resources
  • Managing Printers
  • Backing Up User Data
  • Passwords and Keys: Signing and Encrypting Data

Part 3: LibreOffice
  • LibreOffice: The Office Suite
  • LibreOffice Writer
  • LibreOffice Calc
  • LibreOffice Impress, Base, Draw, and Math

Part 4: Internet
  • Firefox: Browsing the Web
  • Evolution: E-Mailing and Calendaring
  • Pidgin: Instant Messaging
  • Ekiga: Using Voice over IP

Part 5: Graphics & Multimedia
  • GIMP: Manipulating Graphics
  • GNOME Videos
  • Brasero: Burning CDs and DVDs

Help and Documentation

GNU Licenses

A Brief About The Guide Book

If you missed official GNOME documentation in PDF, you will find openSUSE's GNOME User Guide satisfying. It covers everything about using GNOME desktop and its apps for desktop-oriented users.  As usual, openSUSE documentation designed very professionally (just like SUSE's one) and the book layout looks very great.

 (Page 2: the book begins with intro to GNOME graphical interface in general)

GNOME-specific parts of this guide book are:
  • The whole Part 1 (intro, session login, workspace, shortcut keys, file management, control panel, accessibility)
  • The whole Part 2 (network and printer sharing, backup, password management)
  • Part 4, particularly about GNOME Evolution (email & scheduling) and GNOME Ekiga (voice call over the internet)
  • Part 5, particularly about GIMP (Photoshop replacement) and Totem (video playback) and Brasero (CD and DVD burning)
  • Appendix A., particularly about GNOME Help (built-in documentation reader)
Bonus parts of this guide book you might find very useful are:
  • LibreOffice sections from Part 3
  • Firefox Web Browser sections from Part 4
  • Pidgin Internet Messaging sections from Part 4

 (Page 145: how to use Pidgin Instant Messager, a program to chat in multiple chat services at once such as IRC, GTalk, Gadu-gadu, etc.)

In simple words, by this guide book everybody could learn to use GNOME Desktop Environment and its main applications (Nautilus, System Settings, etc.) no matter they use openSUSE or other GNU/Linux distro. I wish everybody could get this book and enjoy learning. Happy reading!

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