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August 14th, 2013, 10:42 PM
Some quick questions:

1) How do I add/change desktops to Ubuntu Desktop 12.04? (Command Line code?)

2) What program is used to configure multiple monitors?

3) I have used Fences for years. Is this program the best choice http://www.mascobz.com/download-fences-for-ubuntu-linux/

4) I wish my Desktop to look like the attached snippet. 245366

Note: I wish to use Ubuntu Desktop only, not another version of Linux.

Frogs Hair
August 14th, 2013, 11:15 PM
This site describes how to install and remove the different desktop environments used on Ubuntu . http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/

Metro For Ubuntu 12.04: http://1inux.deviantart.com/art/Metro-Interface-for-Linux-342402045

I don't know of any desktop like the photo for Ubuntu .

August 15th, 2013, 01:06 AM
Thank you, Frogs Hair, for the reply.

I'll check out the info on psychocats.net.

My attached snippet was really nothing special. It simply shows Fences (indispensable for sorting work icons) and a toolbar at the bottom. I don't need any picture, wallpaper or art work for a backdrop, because I use my computers for business.

So once again, I just want a light tan background, icons placed within Fences (which is available for Linux) and my toolbar along the bottom.


Just in following the two links that you gave me, it seems that there are a myriad of desktop choices. With Windows I can pretty much clutter or unclutter my screen as I see fit.

Am I locked into a particular desktop layout when I choose Ubuntu, Kubuntu or any of the other flavors? I just have no clue why customizing an Ubuntu desktop is such a complicated artistic endeavor. What am I missing?


Please allow me to make a bit of a sly joke here. The Windows "Metro Look" really, truly does belong under "deviant art". :P

To those on this fine forum who know me: My Seasonic PSU should arrive within the next couple of days. Then I will finally be able to install Ubuntu and play. My Corsair PSU had no 24 pin power. Ugh!

August 15th, 2013, 04:19 AM
The KDE desktop will come closest to the look in your photo. KDE is a lot more customizable than Unity. The default look is more like the Windows paradigm, with the panel at the bottom and the launcher in the bottom right corner, but you can move it wherever you want, or even add more panels. It comes with one folder widget, that is similar to the ones used in Fences, you can simply add more, as many as you want.

There's no need to install a different version of Linux. just do a

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

at the terminal. From there, log out of Ubuntu, and at the log on screen, click on the little Ubuntu logo and choose Kubuntu. You can switch back and forth between the two any time you want thereafter.

The link is a screen shot of my KDE desktop, customized the way I like it.


Bucky Ball
August 15th, 2013, 05:00 AM
Thread moved to Desktop Environments.

August 15th, 2013, 06:08 AM
Bucky Ball, you are quite right. I inadvertently posted in the Newbie section, so please accept my apologies for not being more mentally alert.

waynefoutz2, that was hugely helpful. Thank you so much.

Quite frankly, I cannot wait for my new Seasonic power supply arrives, so I can install Ubuntu and begin experimenting with it. (My Corsair psu was dead out of the box.). Right now Google and Ubuntu Forums are my only source of info about Ubuntu, no feedback from an actual installation. Therefore, please forgive me for being such a nuisance. If anything, I am enthusiastic. ;)

Since I initially posted, I have been all over Google and found quite a few sites, which I will list as they may assist others.


http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/30/how-to-pick-a-desktop-environment-in-linux/ (http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/30/how-to-pick-a-desktop-environment-in-linux/)

http://www.mascobz.com/download-fences-for-ubuntu-linux/ (http://www.mascobz.com/download-fences-for-ubuntu-linux/)

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuEyeCandy (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuEyeCandy)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHUHpx5UK3E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHUHpx5UK3E)

http://www.howtogeek.com/112974/how-to-customize-ubuntu-with-ubuntu-tweak/ (http://www.howtogeek.com/112974/how-to-customize-ubuntu-with-ubuntu-tweak/)

http://www.pcworld.com/article/248475/three_ways_to_tweak_ubuntu_linuxs_unity_desktop.ht ml (http://www.pcworld.com/article/248475/three_ways_to_tweak_ubuntu_linuxs_unity_desktop.ht ml)

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-12.10-quantal-quetzal (http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-12.10-quantal-quetzal)

http://modifyubuntu.com/ (http://modifyubuntu.com/)

http://customizeubuntu.com/ (http://customizeubuntu.com/)

July 7th, 2014, 02:53 PM
I know an envirnoment that looks just like the screenshot...Windows 3.x (shudder) sans the taskbar...what an awful paradigm. I say that as one who used it all the time then never went back after I saw Windows 95.