In terms of customizability, I can honestly say that the Linux desktop is far better than Mac OS X or Windows. In Linux, there are tons and tons of desktop environments, window managers, icon sets, and different applications readily available for easily customizing or tweaking the overall desktop look and feel. Although it's possible to change the appearance of Mac and Windows desktop, the options for doing so are quite limited.

So that we can fully appreciate the flexibility of Linux, I gathered several awesome-looking desktop customization screenshots (with short details) from the web that I would like to show to all of you. I hope that these screenshots will somehow arouse your creativity and inspire you to transform the appearance of your desktop into something that's also amazing.

Without further delay, here are some impressive Linux desktop customization screenshots:


1. Gnome Seven for Gaia by Izobalax

Details:
GTK & Metacity - Gaia 09 by fkant
Icons - Gaia Icons by *imrik
Wallpaper - One by *imrik
Other - Pidgin, GQview, Thunar, Banshee, GIMP, Rainlendar, Screenlets


2. KDE 4.4 by Sebcioz

Details:
Plasma theme - Air
Icons - Reflections DOCK
Wallpaper - Grey Inspire
Cover - superkaramba's applet: Amarok2Simple


3. Awn is awesome by Blazmir1

Details:
GTK & Metacity - Aurora Aqua & eCO - Experiment
Icons - Meliae SVG Icon Theme v. 1.2
Wallpaper - Self Portrait April 09' by `j3concepts
Fonts - droid sans, trebuchet ms


4. DSTRY by Izobalax

Details:
GTK & Metacity - Crazy Muthafucka
Icons - custom theme using AMANA icons
Wallpaper - The Escape, part of the Desktopography 2009 series
Other - Conky, GQview, Thunar, Banshee, Totem (custom image), Pidgin, Tint2


5. Grey by IHackr

Details:
GTK & Metacity - spacedust
Icons - sonetto
Wallpaper - Minimo
Other - Conky, VLC, Songbird


6. Jaunty 4.0 by Ivsaken1

Details:
GTK & Metacity - Biergarten 0.3
Icons - Hydroxygen
Wallpaper - origami by Hallaserke


7. Ready For ArchLinux by Grafilker

Details:
- Archlinux + Gnome + Avn + Screenlets + Conky


8. Conky Galore by TheSeanKelly

Details:
Icons - Smokikon v0.9
Wallpaper - AREA04 CEF
Other - awn, conky


9. 19.05 by lynucs

Details:
Desktop - Xfce4
GTK & Metacity - clearlooks Darkcoffee2
Icons - area04
Wallpaper - ASEN by VisionsofArt
Other - gqview, xchat, konqueror, firefox, xterm, fbrun, cal (calender for term), sonata


10. Dust maxxed out by BilliShere

Details:
GTK & Metacity - dust gtk
Wallpaper - indian summer 08
Other - screenlets, snackr (adobe air app) and conky


11. GNU Linux 03 by jjrrmmrr

Details:
GTK themes - BiMetallico 1.1
Icon - Mac4Lin ver.0.4 GTK Icon Theme
Screenlets - widescape weather, digital clock and clear calendar


12. Bliss by lynucs

Details:
OS - Fedora 9
Desktop - Xfce4
Wallpaper - Homespun
Other - xfterm4, edit, gqview, roxfiler, widescape


13. Linux Desktop by ebupof

Details:
GTK & Metacity - Shiftie
Icons - Si
Wallpaper - Leafie PRO


14. Linux Desktop by PurposeOfReason

Details:
OS - Archlinux
Desktop - Openbox
Wallpaper - Foresight by Paul Scott-Wilson
Other - pypanel, xcompmgr. Conky


15. Simple Debian by hadret

Details:
GTK & Metacity - Alun Dark
Icons - Meliae & hydroxygen
AWN Icons - ecqlipse 2
Wallpaper - Debian Grass 2
Other - AWN, Conky, GNOME-MPlayer, Iceweasel, Nautilus


16. Vorta Conky and Tint by Kshegzyaj

Details:
Desktop - XFCE
Theme - Vorta suite
Other - Compiz, Emerald, Conky


17. Linux Desktop Customization by FrostTyrant

Details:
GTK & Metacity - Elegant Brit
Desktop - XFCE
Other - Thunar


18. Linux Desktop Customization by Froli

Details:
OS - Archlinux
GTK & Metacity - Nova-Blue
Icons - ALLBLACK
OpenBox Theme - arch.blue


19. Simply Linux by HellsDark

Details:
GTK & Metacity - MurrineGlow Blue GTK 2.0
Icons - HDmix
Wallpaper - Plasticstripes Underwater
Emerald - Gomoso brave dark
Other - NowPlaying Screenlet, Conky, AWN


20. No manual entry for life by KingCam

Details:
GTK & Metacity - ASN
Icons - Micro
Dock Icons - Handelgot_Icons
Wallpaper - Raw
Pic - Iridescence


If you think that your Linux desktop looks as good as those we’ve shown above, or if you know a link or two to other awesome Linux desktop screenshots, please share them with us via comment.

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