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GNOME Shell is a compositing window manager for X11 which is designed for primary integration with the GNOME desktop environment as a replacement for Metacity, GNOME's current default compositing window manager. GNOME Shell also integrates the Clutter toolkit for interaction with applications, and is slated to be used in GNOME 3.0.


GNOME Shell has gained controversy in the free software community due to the functional displacement of Compiz[1]; in other words, the two cannot be run concurrently. However, users are able to use one window manager or the other, but with different feature sets.


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