Since it’s year end, I thought I’d post one more “fun piece” for everybody. After Thom posted an article on his customized KDE desktop, I thought it might be interesting to compare desktop screengrabs and see what other OSNews’ers desktops look like. Are you cluttered or clean? Are you minialist? What’s your wallpaper? Upload a picture to an online service or your own website and show off your desktop. I’ll start: Adam’s desktop (312kb).
Show Us Your Desktop!
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2006-12-30 9:45 pmJamesTRexx
Love the third wallpaper, very loaded with emotion. 🙂
Google knew where it was before I needed to ask you. http://www.anime-kun.net/wallpapers/walls.php?walls=divers
My Edgy Eft:
kde 3.5.5, gkrellm, superkaramba, Eterm, root-tail
I judge a window manager by how many xterm’s I can open at once 😉
shows my laptop screen ATM
Gentoo box with Fluxbox and KDE Kicker, Adesklets, and (less importantly) KNotes.
nerdy, but still I want to contribute.
Normally both panels have autohide on. Tray: gmpc, gaim, xpad.
I used dwm since it startup in summer, here is it:
but today, being drunk I tried beryl on gnome:
Desktop screenshots are so cool! I made a couple of screenshots of my ratpoison desktop just to show off a little.
If you wonder where you can get a similar funky wallpaper, it’s really just “xsetroot -solid black”. 😉
2006-12-30 10:54 pmlavish
Best screenshot *ever*
Tray icons :
*Liferea (RSS Feeds)
*ZIM (Desktop Wiki)
edit: Linked to thumb on accident.
Edited 2006-12-30 23:02
Some time ago(4 years or more), I spent 2 or 3 days investigating a “perfect” desktop for me, with the following requirements:
* no icons on the desktop, my windows desktops always end up really cluttered, so on linux(my main os) I wanted _nothing_ on the desktop.
* I wanted to be able to run the same environment on my then underpowered laptop and my main computer.
* 64Mb of RAM on my laptop(I have since then upgraded my laptop, but it’s still useful to have a lowmem environment)
* I have to be able to control volume and playing/pausing/resuming the mp3 player that is constantly playing without having to restore the window.
* I’m an alternating php/c/c++ developer, so I need to have a browser constantly open to look up documentation, an editor to code, a (fast!) terminal to ssh to remote machines, a MUA to read/write emails, and an mp3 player to play some music while coding.
and I ended up with the following:
* blackbox for my window managing needs
* gkrellm for launching programs, controlling xmms/bmp/audacious, a clock, memory usage, etc…
* firefox for browsing
* scite for editing code
* audacious to play mp3’s
* aterm for a terminal
* sylpheed to check my mail
None of the programs have high requirements(except firefox), and fit completely on a very custom gentoo 64Mb system. The only big dependency of most of the programs is gtk+, but as it is a common dependency, it is only loaded once in memory.
I haven’t changed the desktop since then(except for some slight adjustments), and I must say I find it pretty comfortable for everyday use, on 3 computers with different resolutions(from 1400×1050 to 1024×768, and previously on 800×600).
It changes constantly – every three minutes. Running on Kubuntu 6.06, by the way.
And here’s how it looks later:
And while we’re at, a shot of one of my favorite Corrs girls:
Edited 2006-12-30 23:09
2006-12-31 2:03 amThawkTH
Good to see a fellow fan – a truly masterful artist
For the record, I have a collection of Corrs, as well as various other Celtic images cycling on my OSX desktop
I like to keep a diverse array of looks and feels going, but green has always been my favorite color, and for some reason I just need a dark wallpaper (so usually a black border around images etc)
2006-12-31 7:27 amrichardstevenhack
I was going to include a shot of Andrea, but the editing time expired first.
I also could have shown my Windows XP side of the machine which currently is running only Corrs wallpapers.
But then I’d have to reboot…:-)
These are the best desktops I have ever created. Simple, but totally cool. I wish I had a 3d card in my laptop so could use real transparency, but to be honest fake transparent terminals are easier to read anyway.
http://hcfolds.com/flux/shot.jpg (best screen shot)
http://hcfolds.com/flux/shot2.jpg (actually best to use)
my xfce4 desktop:
I am fairly minimal. I have a hidden panel in the top right for the tray and a clock but that is it. My Mac is the same way; I disabled the dock and removed everything but the menu bar. I rely on keyboard shortcuts and for things I do not have a shortcut to I just type the command. On the Mac I use Quicksilver for everything. So basically clutter on the desktop serves no purpose except to distract me.
Both are xfce4, though I only recently (~ 2 months ago) switched from FVWM. The first uses xfwm for the windows manager. On the second I use beryl or xfwm if i am running dual screen.
Well here is my desktop on Ubuntu Dapper. The panel has been congfigured to be very similar to that I had on GNOME 1.x many years ago. I have reverted to the standard Clearlooks theme which I find both businesslike and restful.
The wallpaper is a representation of the Godesses Maat and Isis who look after me and the application is Ghemical showing the results of a simple quantum chemical calculation.
FreeBSD with vtwm (cde like) as window manager.
I was running irssi, cmus and mutt. I saw that combination before, funny…
I viewed some desktops, a real jungle from OS’es and styles, enough to fill a musuem
The OS I’m using on my main PC at home is Vista Ultimate x86 (Build 6000). I really like it, and I like the overall black appearance of things; it is easier on the eyes at night.
I’d like to see a desktop contest. Maybe we can vote for the one we like the best.
I run Zeta … http://coquillr-or.net/~fatelk/screen1.png
note the modified Deskbar.
I run Zeta … http://coquille-or.net/~fatelk/screen1.png
note the modified Deskbar.
Makes me yearn for my years on my uVAX running VMS…
Oh man, are you my brother? Seriously… he keeps his desktop all crazy like that too.
>Here’s my Vista laptop’s desktop (my main machine, basically). >The .png is huge, I am too lazy to resize.
Nice shot, Thom, Vista actually looks pretty nice. Can I ask why you don’t run in your native tongue? Or aren’t translations complete in the eval copy?
2006-12-31 1:38 amThom Holwerda
Nice shot, Thom, Vista actually looks pretty nice. Can I ask why you don’t run in your native tongue? Or aren’t translations complete in the eval copy?
Because it is impossible to keep your UI consistent (lingually) when not using English. Other than that, Dutch is a horrible language.
I prefer simple look so too much icons on desktop makes me mad.
I used to use litestep at work… Until one day I was out sick and someone needed to find something on my system. Had to walk them through it. *sigh* Litestep came off the next day.
Screenshot of XP Home on notebook using xoblite fork of blackbox for windows.
2006-12-31 3:08 amJamesTRexx
Cool, haven’t seen that before, now I’m going to try it on my XP laptop.
Gnome 2.16 + Beryl based on Mandriva 2007.
MurrinaNeo Graphite + Glass Icons + Emeralds Scaled Black Mod.
Edited 2006-12-31 01:46
2006-12-31 1:58 amkvendler09
That’s sharp looking!
Heres my latest with all of my windows shoved off to the side.
Wallpaper is my latest work, check renderosity.com (my user there is Sord) to see the rest (not much).
And yes, I do use all 3 browsers in my dock
OS X with 7 theme
You can view mine here:
But all items on my desktop are standard. They work and don’t bother me too much.
Let me guess… I don’t get any awards 😉
It’s ugly, but functional.
Edited 2006-12-31 02:03
IRIX Interactive Desktop
Heres a shot of my current desktop. On my NeXT that I use a LOT. the pic is a month or so old but thats still how it looks.
2006-12-31 2:59 amchemical_scum
Wow maybe if I installed GNUstep and ran it in monochrome I could get my desktop to look like that.
Honestly 17 years ago when I was a grad student I lusted after a Next but settled for a PC running DOS instead 🙁
2006-12-31 3:16 amhelf
ew, that sucks. I wanna get a color system eventually. A black and white turbo was all I could/can afford at the moment though
Vector Linux 5.8 :
PCLinuxOS 0.92b and PCBSD 1.2
Happy New Year, people !
Just Ubuntu Feisty 64 with Resilience Theme and no 3D yet as Compiz ain’t quite there for me.
I’m using BBlean (Blackbox) on XP, with a program I’ve written myself that renders a wallpaper (which updates on the minute) and has a special circle-based file browser interface (which you can embed pictures in – like sticky posters – per directory).
The temporary name for the project was “ActiveWall”, but I will be changing the name to “Sundew” for public distribution. Until I post the final app (maybe the source) for free – NO you can’t have a copy of it yet, it’s very beta. The small bead in the middle gently grows and sprouts (animated) icons in a round or square (not shown) fashion.
* An older picture with two drives:
* A picture with the interface closed:
* A picture with the interface freshly-opened:
* A picture while browsing ‘Desktop’:
I will continue adding features, but for now there will be no open widget api, as it changes too often and I’d hate to annoy people with a moving target. I will continue to post details at http://jam.t35.com since some of my friends have also taken interest.
I’m a slob and this is the cleaned up version on a dual-booting mac mini (Ubuntu edgy and a rarely used 9 gig partition for OSX); I put the same on my Dell notebook (it does confuse people)
This is FreeBSD 6.1/KDE 3.5.4, it’s very simple.
Something like this. Here are Yahoo Widgets, FAR Manager, XP themes, own background and own app.
Here’s mine… Ubuntu Edgy with Aiglx+Beryl. Background pic is my girlfriend
Edited 2006-12-31 05:12
A nice collection of my latest screenshots under beryl.
Runs very smooth
Lost a motherboard before Christmas, just built an AMD64 – Kubuntu system.
Current Screenshot: http://www.dvnull.org/gallery/v/Screenshots/nix/fc6.png.html?g2_ima…
More at http://www.dvnull.org/gallery/
I rarely post here, in fact, since registration started, I’d never even gotten around to registering until now. I’m a desktop junkie — if that makes sense. I used to be 100% console, but once I discovered FVWM I found I could make a truly capable desktop that made things fast and easy, but also good looking.
The desktops you’re about to see are over a years worth of on and off configuring towards FVWM. They are built on a number of my own scripts/work as well as some other peoples. The presentation is minimal overall.
The top 100 pixels or so is taken up by a media player (mpd front end) and a several line terminal. Both can be “rolled up” using F1 and F2, and a maximized window will go over them. The bottom bar is not complete yet, as eventually it will have more than a battery monitor and the pager on it.
FVWM’s pager is perhaps the best I’ve ever seen. You can drag windows off of it, cross between two pages, like seeing the right half of the first and the left half of the second. You can even sidescroll through all your windows that way, breezing across however many desktops you might have. The ability to move windows in the pager and “pick” them from it is by far the feature I cannot do without. I can switch to an empty desktop, and pick windows from the three others right off the pager into the clean desktop.
In addition to that, using a series of scripts I open music, videos, and images from my menu. I can even download and view the latest of my favorite comics, or select my wallpaper. Like others, I also have the thumbnailed view for minimized windows.
All of this is sloppy focused to make fast use of middle click copy and paste.
Anyway, all the graphical applications I use are GTK2 for the sake of a unified look and feel but also simply because I tend to prefer most GTK2 applications. I stay away from gnome libraries and gnome dependencies as much as possible, preferring the simplest applications to do the task at hand.
Applications include Firefox, Thunar (file manager), Sylpheed (e-mail), Tea (text editor), GIMP, and PyMPD (for a mor iTunes like front end to my music).
That all said, here’s some simple screenshots:
Well here is my FC6 Desktop with kde 3.5.5
not a lot going on really but here it is.
yup its a RISC OS one – best there is
Happy hogmanay 🙂
Old Linux and Mac screenshots. I think the Mac is 10.0 beta or maybe 10.0.
2006-12-31 6:35 amepistaxsis
good to see you’ve used digitalblasphemy.com too 🙂
2006-12-31 6:17 pmvondur
Yeah, they have some nice art there. I need to find that picture again, I had totally forgotten about it.
Here it is running Vista:
I just bought two new disks and striped them into RAID0, so Vista gives me the highest possible disk perf index. The rest is: Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR2 PC6400 and ATI X700.
Two years and half years ago I had a webpage with my Gnome desktop:
on my desktop machine,
Gnome 1.4 (April 2002)
Gnome 2.0 (November 2002)
Gnome 2.4.1 (Februari 2004)
Todays laptop, Gnome 2.6.1, Beryl:
Edited 2006-12-31 08:51
My friend and I are having a disagreement over which is better, having a nice picture in the background – or funtional features. I say functionality is more important, and besides – I can incorporate a background image if I wanted, but I preferred the simple beauty of gradients. Besides, there are folder-linked images that display wallpaper-stickies, so there is a kind of wallpaper – it just changes.
I posted a few more:
Edited 2006-12-31 09:06
Most of the time it looks like this:
IMHO KDE’s fullscreen-feature is the most important feature of the window manager 🙂
Other than that, I like it very clean:
I don’t even have a tasklist, I use alt+tab or the middle mousekey on the desktop.
my desktop is a mixture of SGI, HP-UX and OSX GUIs (well, sort of I am running CentOS and FVWM 2.4.x as my window manager.
Happy New Year to all OSNews readers!
Although OSX is on my main Mac, I still use my OS9 Mac daily!
This is my desktop running on a dual P3.
I’ve used a proof of concept on Windows XP, developed for Toy’d (http://www.toyd.org), it looks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGJGfNWkS4Y
Lots of improvements have been done, still proof of concepts, you can see them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKtxa5ilW2Q
Toy’d is still under development, all 3d features won’t be available on the first release. We’re hardly working on it, stay tune
Happy new year all !
Its a octane dual300. It runs irix 6.5.27 and some kde stuff from nekochan (big thanks).
i actually use this for my day to day stuff
2007-01-01 4:43 amnilfilter
XFTP! Yayness! Haven’t seen it in a while. Not in this century, that is
Thats my Gentoo + Fluxbox desktop. The screenshot is taken in may but it still looks exactly the same now.
If interested, the wallpaper can be downloaded at http://dark.sin.khk.be/wallpaper/3D/alien2.jpg
Happy new year!
2006-12-31 2:35 pmholywood
Thanks for giving the link of your wallpaper !
This is for the “Who needs windows anymore”
Ubuntu Dapper with Smooth-2000 gtk-theme and custom window borders based on JS-Classic. Icon theme is human. Plus some windows fonts
The next one is to illustrate the “You are not some kind of a developper if you still need an IDE”-thing
gnome-terminal in fullscreen, with VI to edit some C code development.
GNOME 2.16 + Clearlooks + (modified) Mist icon theme. On Gentoo.
I try to put things on my Warp toolbar (which disappears into the background until I doubleclick somewhere on the desktop), but that hasn’t helped. 🙂
I opened up one of the toolbar folders to display some of the graphics programs I play with here. No shortage of software in OS/2 land…
Oh yeah… The wallpaper is based on a world bitmap and is dynamically generated (wrapped around a sphere) every 30 minutes with a specified viewpoint, light sourcing location, etc., using a little program called globe. You can see the config screen here:
Edited 2006-12-31 12:16
This is what I see when I log in to my laptop. (After starting X ofcourse)
Something like this:
The only difference with my current desktop (the picture is quite old), is that the email client is now on the right side, and the Trillian/Winamp is on the left side of the screen (so this way I can access the desktop icons too).
jack@vasquez:~$ uname -a
Linux vasquez 2.6.18-3-powerpc #1 Sun Dec 10 17:59:01 CET 2006 ppc GNU/Linux
😉 Happy new year everyone!
First Windows 3.1 screenshot 🙂
This is my Program Manager as it looked in 1995, just before ruining it by installing Windows 95. Yes, I really used _that_ color for window title bar, and I still like some of the concepts in the Win3.1 interface.
I’m not going to post my BeOS, Zeta and XP desktops, because I made some hard drive swaps and they’re not ready yet, and I just don’t like my Mac desktop because I don’t like Finder and the Dock at all 🙁
As seen on my MacBook this morning…
There are (surprisingly?) quite many dwm screenshots here already, but one more shouldn’t hurt.
This is uncluttered desktop at its best. No root menus, no icons, no menu bars, no nothing. The temperature readings are my two Pentium III processors.
My last Windows XP desktop for 2006!
Hope you like it
Here is my desktop :]
Heres mine, I like to keep things tidy.
Open World icon theme.
“Clearlooks Hack” window border.
…my home folder is a mess though xD
A screenshot here with the wonderful snow-plugin for Beryl running on Ubuntu Edgy.
Here is my contribution. I keep my machine clean and organized.
This is my primary workstation running XP SP2 –
21″ center @ 1600×1200 (sometimes bumped to 2048×1536 for 3dsMax and Autocad), 17″ to the left @ 1280×960 (NOT x1024 – no ****ed up aspect ratio for me) with the taskbar in portrait so I can actually SEE THE TITLES of running applications (*** SHOCK ***) and finally a 15″ on the right @ 1024×768… I used to have a 19″ over on that side, but it shit the bed… of course since they are all running an ACTUAL 100dpi physical, XP is set to ‘large fonts/120dpi’ (since windows is designed to run 96dpi ‘internally’ at a physical 75)
So that’s a whopping 3,904 pixels across – and nowhere NEAR enough for what I do… (I seriously need two more of these 21″ CRT’s). The outer monitors are running off a PCI Radeon 9250, while the center one is on pair of PCI express Ge7600GT in SLI – all from the same machine… and I STILL have a third PCI express slot free
Thankfully, being sunday it’s a slow morning.
I’d post up my linux P2 laptop, but that’s just a stock Xubuntu install… I’d post up pics from the Dellmac (Inspiron 2500 running OSX 10.4.8) but that’s just stock with the stock ‘stones’ pic… and the G3 laptop – well, System 9 is just embarrassing (there’s a reason it’s being converted into a wall mounted LCD picture frame)
Edited 2006-12-31 17:00
This is my actual desktop fedora core 6 kde 3.5.5
This picture is pretty old, but I submitted it an Architextual (that’s not spelt right, but looks nice to I’m leaving it) forum a few months ago, and I’m too lazy to upload another to photobucket.
Here’s a screenshot of my current desktop. I run Windows XP SP2 (heavily personalized) and run Kubuntu in a VMWare virtual machine. Unless I am using Kubuntu to do something graphics-heavy, I normally run its software through an X-Server running on Windows which allows me easily use Linux software and Windows software together.
I get the transparent effects via Ecliz_Deluxe2 (Ecliz_Deluxe_Tranz scheme) skin for Windowblinds. The icon bar on the right is Windows PowerPro as is the text above the system tray. The start button has been removed (with StartKiller) and replaced by Free Launch Bar menus.
KDE 3.5.5 w/flameboy freebsd wallpaper
there’s a little bit going on on the kicker..
Excuse me, but why was my post modded down?
2007-01-01 3:49 pmAmigaRobbo
Because they think your desktop is ‘orrible?
Maybe they don’t like the “bloke” wallpaper, not to my taste either, but I wouldn’t mark people down for their personal tastes. but there you go.
2007-01-01 4:13 pmadamk
“Because they think your desktop is ‘orrible? ”
That’s not a valid option for moderating down posts, now is it?
– KDE 3.5.5.
– kompmgr (beryl/compiz are still lacking compared to kwin)
– Clearlook/Klearlook styles (GTK/QT)
– 1920×1200 (Dell 2407)
My first Mac! The Mac 512k with System 3.3 I still use this machine all the time to play classic games like Asteroids, Pac-Man, etc… I just haven’t got over this one since I got it in 1984!
Beryl Murrina Goodness!
2007-01-01 1:57 pmgilboa
Do you have a download link?
Here’s my OS X today: http://gryzor.fotki.com/desktopwallpapers/
I was working with Logic
My macbook desktop
2007-01-01 7:24 pmczubin
I got the same wallpaper somewhere, too bad my friends mock it.
Here is my BeOS5 desktop running on Pentium III with old stabile Mozilla and Midnight Commander as file manager.
Now called Window Maker, my favourite window manager. To each his own I guess.
Slackware 11.0 / Window Maker;
Eterm windows “embedded” into the desktop (Eterm -x –buttonbar no –scrollbar no –trans), fixed WxH and “always on bottom”;
XMMS trying to hide itself at the top;
and the necessary dockapps in the lower right.
Edited 2007-01-01 19:30
2007-01-01 10:22 pmzizban
Where did you get that wallpaper?
Here’s my Freespire desktop…..
How Ya like it????
Edited 2007-01-02 00:20
BeOS is my primary operating system and will continue to be for some time. Here is the desktop of one of my more frequently used systems.
2007-01-02 11:08 pmma_d
I’m impressed… How are you moving Gnome menu’s outside of the application?
well , i am a kde user , and i like, no , i really love a nice desktop.
and i love mine
beryl + kde :
i have 3 virtual desktops :
1 – System and Work related
2 – Internet related
3 – Multimedia related
my first virtual desktop ( you can see the auto hiding sidepanel ) : http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/7648/realshot1ey4.jpg
my second virtual desktop : http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/8888/realshot2og7.jpg
my third virtual desktop : http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/9616/realshot3ex6.jpg