GNOME 1.2 was released on 25 May 2000. It was included in Slackware Linux 7.1.
Official GNOME 1.2 press release.
The help browser, home directory, and “Gnome Hints” are shown.
The desktop has a few things in common with KDE, but compared with KDE 1 it seems a lot more customizable; all panel elements can be moved around freely and several types of new panels can be added. The menu in the second screenshot below shows some of the applets that can be added to a panel.
The Run-dialog can be opened from the main menu. There doesn't seem to be a default key binding for it.
There is a lock screen (or at least there's a button for it on the default panel), but I couldn't get it to work. It appears to use xscreensaver for screensavers and lock screen, but
xscreensaver-command -lock returns “locking not enabled”.
The GNOME help system provides access to HTML help files for all GNOME programs. It also displays man-pages.
The closest thing to an about dialog is “System Information”. It doesn't include a version number though.
Feature: Open with
It's possible to right click on a file to open it with a specific application. MIME type associations can be changed in the settings.
This version of gedit doesn't seem to provide much help in terms of editing code.
At first glance GNOME doesn't come with its own web browser. Netscape runs as it did on KDE:
I did, however, discover that the help browser can also be used as a web browser:
Since GNOME is based on GTK+ (originally the “GIMP toolkit”) it makes sense that it includes GIMP.
GNOME 1.2 doesn't have its own email client, but Netscape Communicator includes one.
GnomeCard is the address book. It doesn't seem to have any integration with other applications.
No word processor.
No video player.
GNOME comes with a control panel called “GNOME Control Center” that provides access to all GNOME settings dialogs.
The “Theme selector” makes it possible to switch between a number of preinstalled GTK+ themes, but unlike in KDE 1 there is no easy way to change the colors. Similarly the window manager Sawfish also comes preinstalled with a small number of themes.
Other than the above there are no additional theme settings.
No display settings.
No keyboard layout settings.
Time and date
No time and date settings.
No i18n settings.
No accessibility settings.
No power management settings.
No network settings.
No removable media settings.
No printer settings.
No login screen settings.
No user management.