From www.gnome.org
Q: GNOME: "nome" or "guh-nome"?
A: In English, the word "gnome" is pronounced with a silent "g". However, GNOME itself is generally pronounced as "guh-nome", just as GNU is pronounced "guh-noo" when referring to the GNU Project
Q: So what is GNOME?
A: The initials stand for GNU Network Object Model Environment. This doesn't really help explain what it does, though. GNOME is a part of the GNU Project and an attempt to make a desktop environment which is free software, which:

runs on lots of platforms;
is consistent so that you use the same approach to do the same tasks in different programs;
can be used by developers to develop software easily;
is fun to use.

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