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Ioky
January 11th, 2008, 08:22 AM
I personally think the layout of the Desktop are important, not just because it makes your desktop better in the way you want it, but also make it more efficient as a working environment.

(Both KDE and GNOME are welcome)

it would be good to post a screen shot.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/xipho/Screenshot-1.png

here is mine, I keep it ASAP as simple as possible. the icon on the left (BiTuX the name of my computer) is where I store everything. and there is a Trash bin on the right. Both of them are big and clear. I pretty leave the way as it is default, I just added a few more app that I use everyday, and a system monitor on the bottom to show how's BiTuX doing. I would like to add Conky for a Geek style, however, not this time.

So how about yours and your ideal?

JaggedOne
January 11th, 2008, 09:20 AM
I also like to keep it simple. One bar at the top mac style and AWN at the bottom for window management and app launchers.
http://i11.tinypic.com/6piay5t.png

staticvoid
January 11th, 2008, 09:21 AM
tango iconset (from synaptic)
minimal blue desktop
no compiz, no bells and whistles
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i123/broinjc/Screenshot-16.png

Amstell
January 11th, 2008, 09:24 AM
Dude nothing amazing. I like basics. TV on my right display and work on my center display. No effects, nothing fancy just easy and strong.

Cheers

SomeGuyDude
January 11th, 2008, 09:27 AM
Simplicity here as well. I hate icons on my desktop and I don't like too many docks/panels. Thus I put everything I needed into my AWN dock and hid the panel off to the side, only bringing it out when I have software updates to install and get the little pop-up.

I tend to use Alt+F2 to launch programs anyway, since it doesn't require reaching for the mouse and I type faster than I navigate menus. Additionally, I stick with AWN and not panels simply for the aesthetic of having a small table with icons over it (if you've read my other posts I'm a stickler for the "physical desktop" idea).

The bar up top is Exaile's "mini-mode", by the way.

http://img138.imagevenue.com/aAfkjfp01fo1i-15243/loc807/40162_Screenshot25_122_807lo.jpg

hhhhhx
January 11th, 2008, 09:31 AM
http://stashbox.org/70914/Screenshot.png

Amstell
January 11th, 2008, 09:33 AM
http://stashbox.org/70914/Screenshot.png

I like the font. Looks pretty laid back. Nice

hhhhhx
January 11th, 2008, 09:36 AM
I like the font. Looks pretty laid back. Nice

its called 'tuffy' :)

SomeGuyDude
January 11th, 2008, 09:36 AM
I like the font. Looks pretty laid back. Nice

Agreed. Goes really well with the icons and wallpaper. Unity for the win.

staticvoid
January 11th, 2008, 09:48 AM
i thought that font was purisa?
and the icons: http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/BuuF-Deuce-iconset?content=46201

very nice :)

hhhhhx
January 11th, 2008, 09:54 AM
Here's one showing the windows, using emerald. Not the best matching, but i haven't really found anything better yet


http://stashbox.org/70916/Screenshot.png

Onyros
January 11th, 2008, 10:46 AM
Here's how I layout and use my "desktops": #1 IM's; #2 always has what's showing in the picture (PCManFM - file manager, Osmo - Calendar + Tasks + Notes, XMMS); #3 has a max window of Opera; #4 has a max window of Kazehakase; #5 is empty, but kept for Geany (max window too); #6 has all the terminal instances (normally with rTorrent, mutt, snownews and a terminal or two open and available); #7 is Claws-Mail for another email account; #8 is Evolution for yet another email account (work); #9 is kept for GIMP.

Nothing fancy, but highly productive. I just switch from one "workspace" (or tag as it's called in Awesome) to another by ALT+number combination, or CTRL+ALT+ left or right arrow, or mouse-click... whatever's handy.

bobbocanfly
January 11th, 2008, 11:54 AM
Minimalism.

Openbox with an arty background and a pypanel at the bottom. Dont need anything else.

thisllub
January 11th, 2008, 12:23 PM
Nothing but a clock.

The perfect desktop courtesy of e17.

beercz
January 11th, 2008, 03:31 PM
http://ubuntuforums.org/g/index.php?c=1

Ioky
January 11th, 2008, 03:47 PM
looking good, It seems like more people like a simple desktop.

alwiap
January 11th, 2008, 04:24 PM
my my setup is as minimal as possible, i have AWN for
mostly everything, and then i have a gnome panel at the
bottom that i edited in gconf-editor to autohide at '1' so it
is almost invisible. Of course i have no desktop icons,
they drive me crazy :)

billgoldberg
January 11th, 2008, 06:05 PM
I hate a cluttered desktop. Even the mounted harddrives and cd's/dvd's aren't allowed on there.

I have 2 computers both using the mac4lin themes. One with a dock (laptop) and the other one with the 2 standard panels.

http://xs123.xs.to/xs123/08025/screen888.png.xs.jpg (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs123&d=08025&f=screen888.png)

Kosimo
January 12th, 2008, 01:51 AM
Using a wide screen, I use only a signle vertical panel in order to have more free vertical pixels to use by other apps.

This is my current desk btw,

http://kosimo.googlepages.com/Screenshot.png

alwiap
January 12th, 2008, 01:31 PM
Using a wide screen, I use only a signle vertical panel in order to have more free vertical pixels to use by other apps.

This is my current desk btw,

http://kosimo.googlepages.com/Screenshot.png

is that baltimore? lol

Linuxratty
January 12th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Less is better...Klikit enables you to hide your icons in the "start here"
folder.

http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j25/Blueroo22/Linux%20screenshots/th_snapshot5-1.png



http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j25/Blueroo22/Linux%20screenshots/snapshot5-1.png?t=1200149237

hanniph
January 12th, 2008, 04:00 PM
there's mine.. Trying to keep it simple and nice

~LoKe
January 12th, 2008, 04:06 PM
You know there's a sticky for this, right? ;)

http://tn3-2.deviantart.com/fs22/300W/f/2008/011/0/d/Desktop_as_seen_on_01_11_08_by_IcedLoKi.jpg (http://icedloki.deviantart.com/art/Desktop-as-seen-on-01-11-08-74359640)

Kosimo
January 12th, 2008, 05:14 PM
is that baltimore? lol

Boston ;)

http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details.php?id=1483

SunnyRabbiera
January 12th, 2008, 06:17 PM
Well for Gnome I aim for semitransparent panels or glassy looking ones, I dont change much from the initial settings in gnome (except add a kill app button and a system monitor button)
I do like a clean looking system a good percentage of the time.
For KDE I usually keep it sized at 36 pixels in hight, large enough to hold two rows of applications but not oversized.
For mainly habit reasons I usually make my kicker MS like in appearance, but I have some apple like qualities to it as well.
Usually I replace kmenu with kbfx with a vista-like button (then again I did this before vista was even released)
a show desktop button
a quick launch with at least six apps in it (home, help, firefox, thunderbird, pidgin/kopete and the help applet for why my husband hopps on.)
I usually arm my kicker with a icon for configuration, I have the storage media applet cooking as well.
then there is the taskbar, I usually set it to have a window list button
then I have a link to the package installer.
then my system monitor
then kweather
a xkill button
my system tray, then my clock showing the date and finally the lock and logout button applet.
I tend to customize KDE quite a lot more then gnome

Lord DarkPat
January 12th, 2008, 07:21 PM
I'm high on eye-candy, so to speak, and I keep it ABAP(as beautiful as possible)
http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7030/mydesk1je8.png

hhhhhx
January 12th, 2008, 07:39 PM
You know there's a sticky for this, right? ;)

http://tn3-2.deviantart.com/fs22/300W/f/2008/011/0/d/Desktop_as_seen_on_01_11_08_by_IcedLoKi.jpg (http://icedloki.deviantart.com/art/Desktop-as-seen-on-01-11-08-74359640)

you seem quite organized :)

kamaboko
January 12th, 2008, 08:33 PM
My latest look. It can change by the minute though.

altariel
January 12th, 2008, 09:19 PM
http://pici.se/thumbs/t_uAdckTmnN.gif (http://pici.se/161734)

I love icons :)
and BLUE :)

and have divided the screen according to the 9 desktops I use
(yes, nine of them :) - for simpler layout I have a scheme where they are merged to "just" four - for the day when I might get me a 3d-capable video card :P)

#1 - shells & system maintenance; #2 - internet; #3 - virtual machines;
#4 - misc stuff and games; #5 - file stuff; #6 - chatt & mail
#7 - graphics; #8 - music and #9 - textprocessing

then I have all the most frequently used applications (i.e. all of the ones on the desktop and a dozen more) autostart on the appropriate desktop when started
(KDE is great for this :) :P, just right-click on the newly started program, choose advanced and special program rules and there you can get creative! ...)

logical and not too much clicking around in menus ;)

and Komposť is a really really nice thing to have - to get an instant overview over the running programs even when I have opted to not have programs from other desktops on the taskbar :)