What's your OS and how does it look?
Just a bit curious. Currently, mine looks like this. It runs Elementary OS, however considering hijacking it to Bedrock Linux, mainly to get cutting edge software from the AUR (for stuff like Firefox and GIMP) without losing all my data. I think I'll wait for Bedrock to go stable first, though.
It uses the ePapirus icon theme, which is just Papirus with better support for Elementary's UI. GTK theme is (if I remember correctly) Qogir and the Plank theme is the GTK one. What do yours look like?
These are mine -- https://imgur.com/a/MUo3vst
MacOS is my main. I use ChunkWM on my main workspace, and nothing on the others. ChunkWM is basically a less elegant i3, but it does work well when you get it going. The configuration is a breeze.
For my HTPC I use Windows10 LTSB with the CakeOS (with a modified uxtheme.dll)
My Chromebook (with the mactac) runs Gallium, which is a tweaked Xubuntu. Battery life is excellent, and the hardware itself is pretty amazing for how cheap the laptop is (4gb ram, 16gb eMMC, 1080p 15" screen.) Everything is soldered, so you can't upgrade anything with this model, but the Toshiba CB2 that came out in 2015 can take an eMMC upgrade.
On the Chromebook I'm running i3-gaps-next with XFCE with a custom Dracula-esque GTK theme. Props to @Bauke for turning me onto Dracula.
I also run W10 LTSB and Xubuntu on my macbook pro, but the W10 is basically the same (only used for gaming), and Xubuntu is identical. The newer kernel supports the Magic Trackpad 2, which is one reason I finally installed it on this system.
I use Windows10 Insider Edition with nothing on the taskbar except the start button and the time. I have a few desktop icons for programs but I seldom use them. Windows search is able to find me anything in ~1-3 letters. I also use Firefox Nightly
Minimalistic, I like it :)
What's your wallpaper?
[Warning: a lot of boring talk, probably. Screenshots of my setup at the bottom]
My OS is now OpenBSD, and I must say it is much more pleasant than I had initially thought it would be, in terms of stability, cohesiveness and compatibility. However some things don't work on OpenBSD/work better on Linux (games) so I keep a Linux partition around.
When I switched to OpenBSD it was an opportunity to try out the wms that came installed as part of the base system, namely cwm and fvwm. I know there are some lovely setups of both, but they are more involved than I had wanted, and in the end I switched to an entirely different wm - dwm.
I like dwm for a few reasons. The first and foremost being that the base wm with no configuration "just werks" with regards to providing a working bar (that can be toggled easily) -- no need to set up polybar, lemonbar, or tint2 (the first not being easily available on OpenBSD). The second is dwm being dynamic, as I flip regularly between wanting to tile various things easily and wanting everything floating, which dwm makes work with no hassle. Finally I like that dwm has many available patches to change certain things, and even with my limited C knowledge I'm able to change the source to tweak dwm slightly to be exactly as I want it.
The last thing I changed (ignoring minor changes like rofi to dmenu) was quite simple but also quite drastic: I changed my wallpaper to something less self-deprecating (spelling?). And as a result the Dracula colorscheme I used didn't really fit as well, so I switched to the Nord colorscheme for my wm and terminal.
The bit people actually care somewhat about:
Hi, I want to install OpenBSD as my desktop. Do you have any issues or tutorial I could follow to set it up as desktop?
I think the official installation guide covers it quite well - the actual installation from the image is very simple provided you're going for a non-encrypted setup, mostly just pressing enter to accept the defaults. This guide from Roman Zolotarev covers an encrypted install and also some useful post-installation advice. Make sure to read the afterboot(8) manpage after..booting, as it contains useful information.
The default install (assuming you install all sets, which I'd recommend) will leave you with an OpenBSD install with three available window managers installed: fvwm, cwm and twm (select which one the display manager boots into using .xsession). Alternatively you can install another window manager or desktop environment and use that.
If there's anything else you'd like to know, ask and I'll elaborate/explain if I can :).
Did you configure dwm yourself, or are you using specific patches?
Void Linux running bspwm.
Here is how it looks now. I don't think the bar up there is cool as it is, but i can't think of anything better at the moment.
How's it going so far, and how long did it take to get running?
I'm considering running Void as a more transparent/minimalist/comprehensible daily driver.
I've been using Void for more than a year so i have no problems with the distro. I came from Gentoo so it was a lot easier and faster to setup.
Personally I use GalliumOS (on a chromebook, the Asus C302CA) and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I've always been a fan of MacOS, so I've configured XFCE to look like sortof like MacOS, except for a few tweaks. These include a more Windows like titlebar (since that's what I'm used to), along with a dark theme.
i quite like it, apart from the fact the dock takes up a lot of vertical space. haven't heard of GalliumOS before, is is just a general purpose distro? and what's the dock + theme?
Gallium is a modified Xubuntu -- mainly to include the proper drivers for the touchpad, keyboard layouts, and some other tweaks to work with lower-end systems.
The battery life on my Toshiba Chromebook2 is about 8-10hrs of actual use, which is pretty remarkable.
Gallium is only for Chromebooks. You could use it with other systems, but there wouldn't be any point.
Gallium OS is essentially just Ubuntu fine tuned for chromebooks, so it's main purpose is as a replacement os for devices that run chromeos by default. The dock is Plank, and the theme is included in the first screenshot in the screenfetch command.
Didn't notice. In what ways is it fine tuned?
Just stuff for compatibility and performance, I don't know the details.
Gallium is great! My album has my chromebook and my gallium layout -- https://imgur.com/a/MUo3vst
Its surprising how much we can get out of these little Chromebooks. I've got the first Toshiba CB2 (4gb ram, 1080p screen, but everything is soldered.)
Oh cool, I'm using Arch on a C301SA! Did the C302CA models have the same keyboard/kernel issues that the C301SA had for a while?
I don't believe so, it does have some audio issues that haven't been completely resolved yet though.
I am on elementaryOS since a week or so too. I used Debian for quite some time lately, and used Arch, Xubuntu and FreeBSD for long stretches of time in the past years. Except for XFCE, which I used for about a year in total on Xubuntu and Debian, I would always use one of i3, dwm, twm, vtwm or xmonad with a custom X session.
I am now trying out elementary because I like their well integrated, good looking, and rather simple OS. There are some problems, but it's quite obvious that lots of thought has been put into it.
Looks-wise, I haven't changed anything, just use one of the included wallpapers. I will stay with this for a while and see if I can really adapt to it. If not, I think I will go back to Arch, because Debian Stable software is too stale, and Unstable is scary.
I only really tried changing elementaryOS's settings to get a dark mode, because I like dark modes. Pantheon is pretty locked down by defaults, so I highly recommend installing Elementary Tweaks. I agree that stock Elementary does look very nice :)
Parabola + dwm on a librebooted Thinkpad (much Stallman!). I try to stick with the suckless philosophy (in more ways than computing) and generally I've been happy. It's not the prettiest but it's perfectly usable. Floated some windows and ran neofetch for some internet points.
Some of my suckless stuff: https://git.arkham.city/jesse/suckless
I can upload other dotfiles if enough peoples care.
That's an interesting philosophy. It looks pretty nice, to be honest.
Thanks! I know the philosophy doc can come off as a little... elitist, bullheaded maybe - but the keeping things as simple as necessary thing really appeals to me, and helps me see waste and eccentricity in my own computing (and life, more generally). Reminds me of minimalism (in terms of housekeeping)
I'm going to second this - I've spent too much time on customizations over the years, only to kick everything down when I felt like trying a new OS.
Some learning and wisdom gained in the process, but these days, I've got a herd of VMs that are tailored for specific operations and I don't have a great compulsion to make them perfect or beautiful at the expense of efficiency and reliability.
Looks nice and clean. The Dracula theme looks really nice, I think I'll use the colour palette for Tildes. I can't find the cursor, got a link to it?
Wow, those look nice. They look a bit like the Manjaro default cursors, I think I might swap mine to those.
I currently use Debian 9 with KDE Plasma. Standard dark theme with the task manager on the left side of my screen.
I switched to Linux about half a year ago, and so far I'm using Ubuntu 18.10. However I consider getting new laptop in few months, and I'll use it as opportunity to install Arch Linux and experiment a bit (I'd love to finally learn i3).
It's largely unmodified, Adawita (Arc-Dark) theme with Papyrus icons.
That actually looks really good! Where's the wallpaper from?
Thanks! It's actually inspired by @bee (here).
Here is the wallpaper, but I don't know the author, even google image search couldn't help.
It took some digging, but it looks like that wallpaper is the background of the Barbaroi Falls stage from the old fighting game Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Here it is animated.
Thank you! Both @bee's and your desktop look really nice, I might just snag that wallpaper for myself :)
That's cool and all, but I think you got the wrong topic.
Glad you got the Dash to Dock extension working properly, this looks great :) Here's my current desktop background for completeness: https://i.imgur.com/nR12rJs.png
I always drool over macOS's rounded corners and blurred transparency. I know you can pull that off with like Compiz-Reloaded or KDE Plasma but I'm too comfy on Debian Sid + GNOME to move. But I can still fake it pretty good with the Canta GTK theme and Blyr extension.
And I stole eOS's super subtle rounded corners and made a significantly less subtle extension out of it. Which reminds me, I have a few things to touch up on it.
That is gorgeous. I haven't got any blur on mine yet - but it's definitely on my bucket list.
Debian Sid with GNOME, the standard Arc/Papirus combo, and a few extensions (Dash to Dock and TopIcons are the only 'functional' extensions I add). It's been my standard setup for my Linux desktops for a few years now. I love some of the fancy desktops I see posted around here and on /r/unixporn, but not quite enough to change what's worked for me so far. :)
Nice and straightforward - I like it!
I'm on Fedora with mostly-stock GNOME Shell (just with EasyScreenCast, Extended Gestures, and Refresh WiFi connections). I have themed it though with Suru icons, Materia-dark-compact for the shell, and Materia-light for the apps
I'm currently testing KDE on Antergos. The dock is Latte and the icons are numix-square.
I've just switched fully to an Arch installation (from dual-boot Windows 10 & Arch), after a slight kerfuffle with an undersized efi system partition, and I'm quite liking the result.
Desktop with thunar & xfce4-terminal
xfwm4 with typical thunar file manager, xfce4-terminal and a nord-theme found on github.
I've disabled the panel in the session manager, as well as removing all but the default workspace, and am using a custom xfwm4 theme with a script I wrote myself for switching theme colours via the cli, loading presets from a themes file. GTK is using the Fantome theme, and I'm using the Arc icon pack.
Wallpaper can be found here.
Currently I use rofi as an application finder/launcher.
I just installed i3-gaps on my computer and it looks so much better than before.
I've spent last few hours configuring it, and it is finallty complete - I'd love to have vscode slightly transparent, but I couldn't figure it out. But there is open merge request with transparency which looks great, so I hope we'll finally get transparency in official build.
I'm using Arch Linux with i3wm.
i3bar is populated using Conky. The current track is using spotify-now to pull track information from Spotify.
I'm using st for my terminal for no reason other than it does exactly what I need to with no extra features I don't really use.
In Firefox I'm using TreeStyleTabs with a modified UserChrome.css to clean up some UI elements, since I largely navigate via keyboard.
My setup is far from "Linux rice", but it's functional and I like the minimalism of it all.
I also have a second HDD with Debian-testing installed that I use for gaming running a very stock GNOME 3, so there's nothing interesting to see there. :)
I am using Antergos with i3 window manager.
3 terminal window showing scrot manual
links gui app showing tildes homepage
edit: now i use arch
btw, i use arch
I have a Ubuntu 18 partition and a Windows 10 partition. Ubuntu the only OS customisation I've done is make the dock smaller. On Windows I've installed Classic Shell to get the Windows 7 style start menu. I almost always have maximised windows, as such, I never see the desktop wallpaper so they are both whatever comes stock. I prefer my OSes get out of my way and let me work.
On my desktop, it's fairly standard KDE (anything complicated would require a good bit of tweaking as I fluctuate between 4 and 5 monitors)
On my laptop, it's still unmodified Manjaro i3 since I only got it on Thursday.