Eyegasm: 5 awesome Linux/Unix desktop customization that will blow your mind

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Open Source last updated April 21, 2017

Everyone loves the desktop operating system. People customize their Linux or Unix desktop with themes, wallpapers, killer configuration and more. These customizations show you how cool your desktop can be!
awesome Linux/Unix desktop customization that will blow your mind

Love the Windows 10 UI, but not their privacy policy

Xfce is a lightweight desktop for Linux and UNIX-like systems. The goal is to make UI feel more or less like Window 10 while keeping it light and responsive. Hence the author using Xfce desktop.

Desktop 01: Xfce desktop with Win 10 like UI (click to enlarge)
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Distro: Linux Mint
DM: Xfce
WM theme: Adapta-nokto
Icons: Numix circle
Dock: DockbarX (custom skin)
Other info: Sublime-text theme: Material-theme, monokai-soft-MD colour scheme
Download/Credit: Customization info including downloads by phenomenos

bspwm tiling WM with Polybar

bspwm is an open source tiling window manager that represents windows as the leaves of a full binary tree. Polybar is a fast and beautiful status bar for desktop.

[bspwm + polybar] Trying to get a modern look
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Distro: Fedora Linux 25
DM: GNOME 3
WM theme: —
Icons: —
Dock: —
Other info: gnome-terminal
Download/Credit: Customization info including downloads by gamehelp16

I love openbox and conky setup

Openbox is a free and open source stacking window manager for Linux/Unix desktop. Conky is a free and open source light-weight system monitor for X, that displays all sort of system information on your desktop.

Openbox conky setup
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Distro: Gentoo Linux
DM: Openbox
WM theme: —
Icons: —
Dock: —
Other info: Wallpaper and conkey config
Download/Credit: Customization info including downloads by bluedave08

You gotta love 1980s retro future desktop

Oh, this is so awesome. It uses Xfce, Emerald and Compiz-Reloaded to create 1980s retro desktop.

1980s-desktop-small
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Distro: Manjaro Linux 25
DM: Xfce
WM theme: Emerald
Icons: —
Dock: —
Other info: Wallpaper and emerald config
Download/Credit: Customization info including downloads by jayk806

Clean i3 setup on Arch Linux

i3 is a free and open souurce tiling window manager, completely written from scratch. The target platforms are GNU/Linux and BSD operating systems.

i3-setup on Arch Linux
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Distro: Arch Linux
DM: i3
WM theme: —
Icons: —
Dock: —
Other info: Wallpaper and i3 and dot config file
Download/Credit: Customization info including downloads by nesmeck

For more info and desktop, customization see Reddit /r/unixporn community.

5 comment

  1. XFCE is lightweight yet still quite customizable. It especially looks good when using Oomox and Numix circle icons together. Runs like a champ too. Windows 10 is just plain awful. I can’t believe people put up with how bad looking it is and has MS spyware baked right in . Linux truly is freedom of choice.

  2. Linux ist perfect, but have a problems with drivers, mainly Bluetooth. Im back to using desktop Windows for many problems with drivers.

    1. I had some WLAN and bluetooth issues, so I bought an Intel Wireless card on Amazon. That cleared up the connectivity issues. Microsoft gave me Win10 for free, but I’ve never used it. I’m quite happy with XFCE on top of whatever distro.

      1. Yeah. Totally agree. People get so pissed when linux doesn’t support their POS proprietary broadcom or atheros wifi cards and then badmouth linux for terrible hardware support. In most cases, it’s a simple 15 to 20 dollar fix and you have a MUCH better OS and wifi-card in the end that is more widely supported (even in Windows).

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