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Productivity tool: Getting things done on Gnome

By   |  March 9, 2009

Struggling to keep on top of your workload? Then you probably need something like GTG, otherwise known as Getting Things Gnome. Fans of Dave Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) school of organisational thinking will be pleased to know that the first release of a new Gnome-based GTD tool has just been released. And even if you aren’t a GTD-head, Getting Things Gnome is a great little tool for getting your plans organised.

GTG may look a lot like a normal To-Do list but it is in fact a lot more like a personal project management application. Which is very much in line with Allen’s theory of organising tasks into manageable, sequential orders. Using GTG users can create lists of tasks that need to be done and break them down into their component parts in a series of sub-tasks.

The interface for GTG is simple and clean so that tasks are also easy to view. In the standard view each task is listed with its contributing sub-tasks below it. Each of these can be edited individually to include notes, tags and other sub-tasks. Which makes it easy to keep notes associated with each step of a process.

The “work view” displays only the most immediate task. So those tasks that depend on a previous task being completed are not shown. The result is a simplified to-do list with only the most pressing tasks on it.

Each task and sub-task can be assigned a due date and duration. And multiple levels of sub-tasks can be added to any single task.

This is the 0.1 release of GTG and already it looks immensely promising and very stable. I’m not yet a GTD adherent but with GTG I might just become a bigger fan.

Download GTG.


2 Responses to “Productivity tool: Getting things done on Gnome”

  1. Kevin
    March 9th, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

    Looks ok, but please post a download link for Ubuntu that I can understand.

  2. Alastair Otter
    March 9th, 2009 @ 6:09 pm


    The easiest way to install GTG on Ubuntu is to use this link:
    Open it in GDebi and it should do the rest for you (assuming you’re on Intrepid). Bear in mind this will only give you version 0.1 for Intrepid. If a new version is released this will not work.

    The better way way to install this on Ubuntu is to add the necessary repositories ( to your sources list. There are two ways of doing this:

    1 – Through the menu open System -> Administration -> Software Sources on your machine. In the “third party software” tab add the two lines in the “source.list entries”. Save that. Then open System -> Administration ->Synaptic and “reload” to rebuild your sources. Search for “gtg” and install.

    2 If you’re comfortable with a command line add the two sources lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file with “sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list”. Add them at the bottom. Save and close the file. Then at a command prompt do an update: “sudo apt-get update”. Then install GTG with “sudo apt-get install gtg”.

    Hope this helps.

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