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Check out the cool Linux desktop designs


This Linux desktop "show and tell" over at lifehacker.com features a bunch of sexy/pretty/cool designs from readers. Is your desktop completely pragmatic and boring or do you take pains to make it look good? If you have a desktop design that you want to show off, submit it to me with the subject line "Linux desktop." If I get enough entries, I'll create a gallery to show off to our TechRepublic members.

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9 comments
jmgarvin
jmgarvin

And you know what's funny? I still sometimes use FVMW because it's so lightweight.

Betelgeuse58
Betelgeuse58

If you do get enough entries it would be nice to know what distro and/or desktop environment that particular "creation" was created with. ;)

jlwallen
jlwallen

i don't know why Enlightenment always gets snubbed in these things. Here's my current Enlightenment desktop.

johnson12
johnson12

"Technical details of permanent failure: PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 13): 550 #5.1.0 Address rejected." I have been a kde user for the last year and have tried the all. Of course I have no shortage of power on my DT so resources are't a big deal to me.

Selena Frye
Selena Frye

If you submit a desktop design, do include info on what you're using to create it. Thanks.

SysAdminII
SysAdminII

Jack: I finally thought I would give "E" a try since I subscribe to your newsletter on TechRepublic and I have heard you reference it many times, but I have to say, I am totally lost with the configuration of the desktop. I too am a Linux fanatic and a big promoter of the Open Source community (especially Debian) but Enlightenment really has me puzzled. Once I installed it (aptitude install enlightenment), the desktop was entirely blank with just a desktop switcher in the left corner. So, I took the liberty of purging the install and doing a complete reinstallation and noticed no change. I did notice that I could right click and left click and get menu's to show on the desktop but I was never able to create any shortcuts or have a basic application bar, Panels, Menu or applets at the bottom of the desktop screen. So, my next step was to head off to Googleland and search for configuring Enlightenment, but even the Enlightenment sites documentation blows. I admit I am not a code writer but I thought I would find something that would show me what a basic install would look like just to make sure I had it installed properly and I found "zero". I agree it appears to be very light but Enlightenment will have to improve their documentation to get people to switch to it. Is there anything out there that gives a better understanding of how to configure Enlightenment? Any help would be much appreciated.

brian.mills
brian.mills

Enlightenment's always been my favorite, though in the last Debian install I had, I could never get it to work completely properly. Every time I tried to log out, it would crash and I'd have to kill and restart X to get to work properly. I haven't tried it yet on my new Ubuntu server box. I'll try it out on a VM and see how well I can make it work on Ubuntu.

Jaqui
Jaqui

E config is in plain text files. but E doesn't support "desktop shortcuts" or taskbars. it is meant to be a "clean" space.

jlwallen
jlwallen

how it goes and if you have any problems.