Is there an authoritative way to get the GNOME version, as long as I have a working GNOME desktop (any version) running? Several of these suggestions don't work on my system, either because the executables and/or packages simply don't exist or the menu item isn't available.
content (on my system):
The file is part of the upstream package called
If you play with that file you can instantly see the results :)
(though this file might be missing on some older
And no, you shouldn't use commands like
If you launch
My aging Fedora 14 box
You can run it in the console
(possibly having to change the display).