15 Most Beautiful Looking Linux Desktops Youll Ever See

by Karthik on August 4, 2008 · 34 comments

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Who said Linux can’t look pretty? For long its been said that Linux is the most boring OS ever and is not user friendly. I’ve been a linux user for sometime and I can say that my experience with it was nothing short of marvelous. Linux offers you unlimited amount of control as to how can you customize your desktop.

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Scoring around the net I found some really fantastic desktops and here is what I feel are the best of what I’ve seen. Certainly not the most exhaustive list, but they are reminiscent to the fact that Linux can look pretty good if you know how to make it look good.

Without further delay, here are my favorite Linux desktops, and I’m sure they are some of the prettiest you’ll ever see.

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Are you a Linux user? Please show us your desktops.. It will be go a long way in promoting Linux as a User friendly OS. If you have come across other cool looking Linux desktops, please share them as well.

Way to go Tux!!

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Rishav Uprety August 4, 2008 at 10:03 am

I think I also have a nice desktop with screenlets.

Please look at
http://techspalace.blogspot.com/2008/04/screenlets-mac-or-vista-widget-for.html

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Eddie Turfboer August 4, 2008 at 5:00 pm

I would be nice if you could give use some more information, for instance the name of the desktop, distribution, user, etc. So we can find our way back and make a similar one on our own…?

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Karthik Kastury August 4, 2008 at 5:04 pm

@Eddie, I’d have loved to, but I have found these screenshots on Flickr, with no roots back to its origin, which makes it nearly impossible to get some more information..

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IanG August 4, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Just this morning i turned my Linux box (KDE3.something) into a Hackintosh. If i don`t like Leopard that much i will instantly remedy
the situation with KDE 4.1

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Steve August 4, 2008 at 7:45 pm

#7 is a Mac OSX?

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Roger August 4, 2008 at 7:49 pm

@Steve, don’t think so. Compiz fusion or something like that.

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Rodrigo August 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm

@Eddie, It’d be a nice idea to have all the links related to these guys, but as Karthik said, it’s nearly impossible. Although, you can find some really nice linux screenshots at deviantart.

Very nice post indeed. Maybe, when you try to create another one, you might search through the customization section. In there, guys usually link their themes and window managers.

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Eddie Turfboer August 5, 2008 at 11:02 pm

I would be interested in the links from 4,5,6,7,13 (where 13 is alreaddy been answered…lucky number 13…?).

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Codmister August 6, 2008 at 1:30 am

If I’m reading the numbers right, #6 would be my favorite, simply because they have Songbird installed :)

In all honesty though, that’s a nice looking desktop.

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Aj August 6, 2008 at 8:12 am

hey i would like to know more about this linux OS and i would like to know which one i should download if i could get a link or something that would help me out a lot thanks

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Mani Karthik August 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Great list. Thanks Kartik – loved each one.

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Multi-Monitor Computers August 12, 2008 at 7:12 am

Some of those are really nice. I’m building my first Linux Machine right now. I love this Post! Great Job!

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Shoto August 16, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Hi there!

You have selected some beautiful pieces here ;)

…I wonder: is it a good thing or does this mean a lot of users with wonderful desktops are hiding their creatures? The saddest part is that neither you nor the author of the other top-list have been able to retrieve instructions or addition infos about these desktops… #10 looks wonderful for a child and I’d love to put that on the eeepc of my little sister…

Any chance you publish at least the name/credits of the Flickr users you’ve taken the pictures from?

Thank you ;)

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nicknowsky August 26, 2008 at 8:55 pm

#7 is either Linux Tiger or DreamLinux. Both of which I have been really into lately. Actually any and ALL distros that look like OSX, those 2 are the best by default

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Kyle September 15, 2008 at 10:16 am

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=906733 has some good screenshots… They have a screenshot thread each month. Some of the best ones include enlightenment, openbox, IceWM and xfce4 (in my opinion). I haven’t tried enlightenment yet, but a lot of people like it.

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KSiimson December 18, 2008 at 12:51 am

Heh, my KDE 4 desktop looks better than most of these here.

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Myke December 18, 2008 at 4:41 am

@KSIIMSON: So lets see it then…

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Haga December 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Does anyone know what the QuickSilver like launcher in #2 is?

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caedo January 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I don’t know why a lot of this desktops try to emulate mac. For me, the most impresive desktop was #10, it’s something you don’t see everyday, most of the rest are pure mac copies with the dock, the HDs at the left of the screen, the upper toolbar with the apple icon, customize menus, etc…

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KIRK January 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Yeah,i think they are very good.but i believe that the linux OS could be more beautiful.

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linuxiac38 February 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

Hey, been recycling curbside donations of Macs, x86 systems, to school kids, friends, strangers, since 1997, with GNU/Linux Distros and the *BSDs that share Gnome, KDE, and lots of other windows managers.

Huge user choices are what makes GNU/Linux and the *BSDs so much better than what Microsoft or Macintosh sell!

Check out kde-look.org or gnome-look.org

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Sebastian M June 14, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Hey, what’s the name of #2?

SO BEAUTIFUL

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flashhammer June 15, 2009 at 11:18 am

i am a unix user… just kidding, i recently got mac osx 10.5.6 working on my toshiba satellite m105-s3011, and i have done a great job tweaking it, i love the way it looks, im going to take an screenshot to show yall

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Sol123002 June 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

hey i now this is old, but wich enviroment is # 10? and how to make number 10?

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Brmiller2012 July 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

how would i go about making mine like #12? im on linux ubuntu 10.4. i know this thread is old, but that theme is what convinced me to do linux

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phoeniX August 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

hello everybody
i'm phoenix
n i used 2 work upon redhat enterprise linux and below is the link to my gnome desktop pic

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Martian August 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

cool dude
wat a masterpiece !!!!!!!!!!!
awesome………………

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Martian August 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

hey phoenix can i have ur mail id………

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Phuc Nguyen October 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm

How do we get the menubar in number 4?

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Haaj January 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

That’s “Global Menu”, if you meant the Mac OS-style menubar

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DisturbedFood March 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

how do we get number 12? i really like it :D

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Maradona June 21, 2011 at 6:13 am

cool desktops,, :)
i like no 10 better,, how to make it ?

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