Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 31st Dec 2010 14:42 UTC
Humor I shall make no bones about the fact that this request is purely filler material, but such threads have been a success in years past. Dear OSNews readers please furnish us with your wondrous and diverse desktop screenshots and machine specifications! Considering that I have used the same wallpaper and platform since 2006, there is no great insight that I can bring to the table. Also, whilst I'm here--OSNews Asks: How have mobile OSes changed your habits this year?
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RE[2]: Akira Ubuntu
by martineriksen on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 05:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Akira Ubuntu"
martineriksen
Member since:
2007-04-12

Thank you for the hint, but I have always found that not putting things on the desktop is the way to go. I have shortcuts in the Places menu for the most important. Editors typically have directory or project viewers embedded within.

Regarding viewing various system monitor data applets, like Conky. I do not feel the need to relentlessly monitor my system all the time. If I feel the system performance degrade, I will monitor my system. This is done with a combination of using the Hardware Monitor applet in the panel and top in a shell. Since I have been using the same computer for +4 years, I have a pretty good feel for when something is not performing correctly.

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RE[3]: Akira Ubuntu
by Icaria on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 05:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Akira Ubuntu"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

I'm running on pretty merge hardware, with pretty small partitions and pretty crap ADSL, so I find monitoring my system is pretty important but for that, I use conky's 'panel' window type, rather than using conky like a 'gadget'. With 18 pixels reserved at the bottom of the screen, I can always see filesystem usage, network activity, ISP data quota usage, CPU activity and memory usage. I don't have to disrupt my workflow at all, to figure out when/what something is awry.

The only crap I keep on the desktop itself is my xpad sticky notes (if I just used a text editor, I'd never remember to check it) and a conky news ticker for a few rapidly updating feeds I just keep a general eye on (my news reader proper is so full, it's barely responsive). It's not the most elegant solution but I can't figure out any alternatives. Any ideas?

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RE[4]: Akira Ubuntu
by martineriksen on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 08:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Akira Ubuntu"
martineriksen Member since:
2007-04-12

This is why I love Open Source, different requirements drive us toward different solutions.

To be perfectly honest, I have after many years of trying still not found an elegant solution to the note/news problem that has good desktop integration.

Notes:
I started using a personal Wiki on my server, as I wanted to be able to access my notes everywhere. It was fine for more heavy long term notes, but it is bad for the day to day quick notes. But I still wanted my daily notes to be portable. I settled in the end for TomBoy, which has good support for sync. Now I just need the sync to work to my andoid phone.

News:
I use Google Reader for most of my news needs, but I do not use anything the works as a ticker. Now and then when I need a break, I have a routine of surfing various sites to see what is new. Those sites have frequent updates, such Slashdot or local news sites.
Goodle Reader then helps me to keep track of those sites that I do not visit in that rutine, which do not have frequent updates, such as various blogs.

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