That misunderstanding occasionally leads to political contention. Although GTK+ was originally designed for GIMP, one GTK+-based application is now even more famous than GIMP: the GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNOME). GNOME is a leading desktop environment for Linux. In the last few months, most proprietary commercial Unix vendors have miraculously adopted GNOME as a standard instead of CDE.
GNOME is built on GTK+, which demonstrates the toolkit's performance, portability, and power. It also makes GTK+ a natural choice for those in search of Unix desktop standards. However, there's considerable confusion about the relationship of GNOME and GTK+. GNOME, as a desktop, does not require that applications be built with GTK+; nor are GTK+-based programs restricted to the GNOME desktop.
Still, computing incorporates a large fashion component, and recent marketing events have undoubtedly given momentum to GNOME's relatives, including GTK+.