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

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

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

3. Awn is awesome by Blazmir1

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

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

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

6. Jaunty 4.0 by Ivsaken1

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

7. Ready For ArchLinux by Grafilker

- Archlinux + Gnome + Avn + Screenlets + Conky

8. Conky Galore by TheSeanKelly

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

9. 19.05 by lynucs

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

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

11. GNU Linux 03 by jjrrmmrr

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

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

13. Linux Desktop by ebupof

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

14. Linux Desktop by PurposeOfReason

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

15. Simple Debian by hadret

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

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

17. Linux Desktop Customization by FrostTyrant

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

18. Linux Desktop Customization by Froli

OS - Archlinux
GTK & Metacity - Nova-Blue
OpenBox Theme -

19. Simply Linux by HellsDark

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

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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