Getting Things Gnome (GTG) – An organizer for the GNOME desktop environment

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GTG focuses on usability and ease of use. Its main objective is to provide a simple, powerful and flexible organization tool to the GNOME desktop environment.

GTG uses a very handy text edition system for task creation and edition. The task editor can automatically recognize metadata such as tags and subtasks only by the use of a very simple syntax. If you wanna know more about this, please read Getting Started With GTG.

Getting Things Gnome is build around some key concepts :

1. Never get in your way : you should be able to add task and write them as you think. No fields, complicated buttons. You think about it and it's in GTG

2. Every task is only a list of subtask. Because moving a mountain is only a matter of moving big chunk of rock. And moving big chunk of rock is only a matter of moving small rocks. (In your task description, just begin a line with "-" and a new subtask will be automatically created)

3. Use it at your convenience : use tags if you want to sort tasks (a word begining with "@" is automatically a tag). Use subtasks if you want. Find your own workflow.

4. All your tasks in one place. From the lightbulb to your lifetime achievement. All your tasks from the past, the present and the future in one application.

5. Live you life, don't organize it. GTG workview only display tasks you can do **now** and **here**. It doesn't display tasks that depends on another tasks, tasks that cannot start before a given date or tag with tags you have marked as non workable (like an "@someday" tag)

6. Usability. We don't want thousands of options. We want to follow the Gnome HIG and we aim to be simple but powerful at the same time.

7. Integrated with your desktop. We aim to become a Gnome project. We hope, in the future, to integrate more and more with your gnome desktop and other applications.

8. Community. Getting Things Gnome is not about having our own 5 minutes of fame or being our own applications. We need your feedback, we welcome all new ideas. The discussion is always open.

Install GTG in ubuntu

For karmic users run the following command from terminal

sudo apt-get install gtg

Ubuntu 9.04,8.10 users follow this guide

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Jaunty users add the following lines

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

For Intrepid users add the following lines

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

Save and exit the file

Add gpg key

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 7AC9B38F

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install GTG

sudo apt-get install gtg


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5 Responses

  1. kameel says:

    Thanks for the tip. Very useful software.

  2. Hello guys,
    I’m one of the developers of GTG.
    Three things:
    – thanks for the blog post
    – you can get the *very* latest version of gtg here:
    -the screenshot you posted is not really up to date with the development of gtg. Now it looks much better.

  3. Philip Mann says:

    I like GTG very much – both the premise underlying it and the clean, efficient interface that implements it.

    Not sure anyone will read this a year after the original post but I would like to ask about plugins. I don’t see much documentation. What does the link to Tomboy do? The export plugin says I need python cheetah to support it. What is the best way to get it?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  4. We’ll try to better explain those in the next release.
    The “link to Tomboy” plugin lets you put clickable links to a tomboy note in a task. It’s pretty much the same as any link on the web, except it opens a tomboy note instead of a web page.
    Usage example:
    I keep my grocery list in tomboy, and I have the task in GTG “buy groceries”. From the task, I can easily open the tomboy note.

    For cheetah: sudo apt-get install python-cheetah

  5. Pedro says:

    Anyone knows a good program like that but with undo support?
    I am using my notebook without a mouse (forgot at home) and with just a unfortunate tap in the touchpad while I was typing made me lose all the content of a big task and all its subtaks.

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