Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Desktops for 2011

It's been a long while since I wrote an article sharing some of my current desktops. I thought the beginning of 2011 was a good time to show how some of my Linux desktops look like today.

UBUNTU (GNOME)


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This is the Ubuntu installation I got on my desktop PC, an HP7800. I like the elegant yet simple wallpaper, as well as the tone contrast the Orta GTK theme creates. I am quickly becoming a fan of Docky. I was a Cairo Dock user before, but Docky is more powerful, consistent, better integrated and, well, more Linux! (Cairo Dock was a bit too MacOS, in my opinion)


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KUBUNTU (KDE)


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Let's switch gears now into more of a KDE vibe. What can I say, sleek and shiny sits well with KDE, and this awesome Citröen prototype wallpaper simply does the trick. Because the wallpaper conveys a dark mood, I chose Air as the Plasma desktop theme, once again looking for a nice strong contrast. As far as widgets go, I decided to keep it clear, because the wallpaper is already busy enough.


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LINUX MINT (GNOME)


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Back to GNOME with my Linux Mint 10 laptop setup. I simply love this wallpaper, it brings some nice relaxing tones and a cool mood, but it's not too busy. The big Faenza icons simply fit beautifully, both on the desktop and on the big Mint Menu. The A New Hope GTK theme adds a bit more transparency and sleekness to the picture.


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PC LINUX OS (KDE)


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Last but not least, again under KDE, is my PCLinux OS installation, running in a tablet PC. The wallpaper looks fun, but it is also bringing some intense plain colors that provide lots of room for widgets to stand out. In fact, it was perfect for the transparent H2O Plasma theme to shine. As you probably noticed by now, I love transparent backgrounds for the terminal, and the same applies to many of the Emerald themes I use, like the one depicted here.


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IT'S ALL ABOUT CREATIVITY

Hope these few screenshots were easy on the eye and inspiring. One of the best things about Linux is that you can take your creativity to new heights, so be creative and let your desktop put a smile on your face!

9 comments:

  1. nice desktops. btw, why did u chose mint for your laptop. i'm having a bit trouble choosing distro for my laptop. i have ubuntu, mint, moonOS (thanks to you for reviewing it), and mint debian. ubuntu and mint not really responsive in my laptop. sometimeit froze, the mouse pointer isn't moving and i have to press my keyboard to make it moving again. the problem is i love both of them. moonOS is ok but i'm worried about the support. i google it and not many post about moonOS is available. and mint debian, it's ok but it's a rolling distribution.so, if there's any problem with it later, i will be a problem to me. i don't really comfortable with KDE. i tried it, but it's to difficult for me. any suggestion?

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  2. Hi, Crazyhorsea29

    Linux Mint 10 runs smoothly on my laptop, never had a problem with it. As you say, both are awesome, but I wouldn't worry about MoonOS support. The way I see it, it's so close to Ubuntu that 99% of the issues you may suffer from can be solved in the Ubuntu forums.

    When I installed Linux Mint 10, I didn't even know about MoonOS, but I can't say I regret installing it.

    Ubuntu, MoonOS and Mint share lots of elements, so the differences in performance must be minimal. If in doubt, though, I would recommend staying close to the source and installing Ubuntu.

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  3. thanks for the suggestion. i think i will go with ubuntu. after all, it's the first linux i tried. since 8.04.

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  4. you should have posted the links to those themes.

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  5. You should take another look at Fuduntu, a lot has changed since you saw it last. :D

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  6. Hi, Fewt,

    Have you committed many changes? I will take a look soon, I am busy preparing other reviews now.

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  7. Yes, tons. In the process I also fixed a lot of bugs LOL. My 14.8 and 14.8-3 releases were HORRIBLE, but I have a new quality control process that hopes to help there. The media is unavailable right now since SourceForge has been hacked, but I'm working on an alternate download location.

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  8. @FEWT: Alright, I will download as it becomes available and give it a go!

    Will let you know what I think

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  9. It's available now. :D

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/fuduntu/

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