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Gnome Desktop All in One Guide for Kali Linux

Introduction to Gnome:

GNOME is a free and open-source desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems. GNOME was originally an acronym for GNU Network Object Model Environment, but the acronym was dropped because it no longer reflected the vision of the GNOME project.

This all in one guide contain the following contents.


  • Install
  • Update
  • Reset
  • Delete
  • Switch Desktop environment in Lock Screen
  • How to add icon in Gnome Desktop

Install Gnome:

Open a terminal and run the following command.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo tasksel

Tasksel is a file manager for desktop evironments.

Here choose the environments which you want.

Use Arrow keys for up and down, space key for choosing. After choosing the environments hit enter key for downloading it.

Remove Gnome Desktop:

Follow the same steps. In tasksel manager deselect the environments which you want to delete.

Update Gnome Desktop:

If you want to update your gnome. Then no need for updating  it separately. During updating your system all the gnome packages are automatically updated. So you only need to update your system to recent version.

Open a terminal and run the following commands for updating your system,

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get update
mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

How to Reset Gnome Desktop:

If you want to reset your gnome desktop, then open a terminal and run the following commands for doing this.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo dconf reset -f /org/gnome/

Switch Environments in Lock Screen:

Kali Linux 2021.1, contains more features. In this features list, this one impress me. That is switching desktop environments in lock screen. From now on no need for running commands for switching desktop environments.

In lock screen’s right side bottom, settings shaped icon was added now. Here choose the environment which you want  and enjoy.

How to add icon:

In gnome desktop there is no inbuilt option for adding icons. So you want to add gnome extensions for adding icons.

Read this post for full instructions.


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