GNU Object Model Environment (GNOME) is a program for developing user-friendly desktops under GNU/Linux, later extended by the GNOME Foundation for Unix and all Unix derivatives. A crucial aspect of Gnome is that it uses only open source software.
Gnome is free software subject to the GNU General Public Licenses (GNU-GPL). Gnome can be programmed in C, C++, Python, Perl, Java and C#programming languages. It offers developers a high level of control over their desktops, software and data. The worldwide Gnome community is supported by many well-known companies such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Novell, Red Hat, Motorola, Nokia and Sun Microsystems.
Compared to K-Desktop-Environment (KDE), KDE has a higher affinity to the user interface of Windows, whereas Gnome is closer to Apple's Mac OS X, depending on the configuration.