View Full Version : Desktop Customization: How much do you customize?

September 25th, 2008, 06:19 PM
I'm wondering if I'm the only one who can spend hours at a time customizing.

Lord Xeb
September 25th, 2008, 06:20 PM
I spend about an hour customizing.

September 25th, 2008, 06:22 PM
None. I install xmonad and dmenu and use the defaults.

September 25th, 2008, 06:23 PM
I'm wondering if I'm the only one who can spend hours at a time customizing.

I spend about an hour customizing.

What do you customize? I don't do any. Everything is from the box human stuff with default sounds.

September 25th, 2008, 06:25 PM
I'm wondering if I'm the only one who can spend hours at a time customizing.
You are not alone.

I love the granular degree of customization that Linux offers.

What do you customize?
I mod the default "Human" theme a little bit so it's not quite so muted (brighten it up just a smidge) then I tweak or change the cursor, fonts (both size and face), window/dialog boxes, wallpaper, make numerous panel adjustments (number, location, what's on them). That's just off the top of my head.

Then of course there's Compiz...

September 25th, 2008, 06:29 PM
Well I change the theme and icons... not much, I like to keep things simple :P

September 25th, 2008, 06:31 PM
About once or twice a month I change the entire look of my computer, up to and including:

1) New wallpaper
2) New icon / Metacity theme
3) Turn avant window navigator on or off
4) Move panels around / change transparency
5) Swap around Compiz effects

It keeps things interesting and makes me feel like I have a new computer :D

September 25th, 2008, 06:33 PM
I create themes and stuff, so it's a lot of time spent on customizing for me. I'm always looking for new ways to create a minimalistic + beautiful + usable desktop. :)

September 25th, 2008, 06:34 PM
Desktop Customization: How much do you customize?

Way too much. I think I'm going to stop now.

Things I've customized:

custom kernel with zen2 patch, AMD64 settings, nice settings, cflags mflags.
recompile every app (500 apps) to use custom cflags for Turion 64 x2 TL-60
I make my All my own gtk themes, whether clearlooks, murrina, or xfce4.
I re-create All my icons themes using the UbuntuStudio icons because I like them but don't like the blue color.
I usually make my own gdm themes, or slim theme.
I always use my own gtkrc-2.0 for the xfce4 panel or an image for gnome.
I use my own conky script that I wrote.
I like to use unique icons for apps like firefox.
I love to find different wallpapers, and usually remake it to be my own.
I make all my own emerald themes, and xfwm4 window themes.
I like custom keybinding shortcuts for certain apps.
I use the nvidia-beta now becasue it works better.
I use my own UbuntuStudio icons for thunderbird.
Custom fonts....
And I like to have my compiz-fusion a special way that is super fast.....

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September 25th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Picking a new wallpaper alone can take me a few hours.

September 25th, 2008, 06:36 PM
I customize quite a bit :) . But once I get something I like, I keep it forever :-D .

September 25th, 2008, 06:37 PM
weres the 'I install a tiling WM, and map app launchers to the keybord' option?

September 25th, 2008, 06:37 PM
I can spend hours and hours customizing in search for themes/apps/effects that I like. But once I find the right ones for me, I keep them for months without changing anything and I keep all files and instructions saved for eventual reinstalls or installs in different machines. Having all that, it takes only a couple of minutes.

September 25th, 2008, 06:42 PM
I spend a few hours every few months costomizing, and looking for the most productive way to set up my desktop. Minimalistic, but with info I would otherwise spend time getting.

September 25th, 2008, 06:51 PM
i'll trim it down and use the defaults, later when i'm bored and really have nothing else to do i'll start changing things.

September 25th, 2008, 07:47 PM
I like playing with how my system looks, I have made my system look Mac Like, Vista like, XP like, and also developed my own hybrid themes.
Currently I am going for a mac/ windows hybrid theme

September 25th, 2008, 08:19 PM
I hardly change the looks of my desktop. I'm very picky about a window decorator theme, so far I've only found one that pleases my eye.

September 25th, 2008, 09:04 PM
I can fiddle with it for hours on end. My rate of change has slowed down quite a bit, as I am approaching what I think is the perfect way for a computer to look, but there are always things to improve (I think I'll make a new wallpaper and GDM theme soon...).