updated 08/03/2010

The world of Linux offers a vast range of visual styles for your desktop.

Often you will hear people say that Linux is lagging behind on looks to the folks from Redmond and Cupertino.

This page is an anwser to those claims.



    • Tommy
    • February 21st, 2008

    How come you’ve only got the glossy and messy themes on display up there? How about adding the more classy, minimalistic and clean ones too?
    Try going to and check out the gtk themes on the top list there. Those are some nice setups!

    • linuxowns
    • February 22nd, 2008

    Ok, I added some more.

  1. HI, How you have got the SUSE Menu under Kubuntu under KDE Screen shots ? Also is this KBFX is so please link to the theme would be of gr8 help πŸ™‚

    • linuxowns
    • March 18th, 2008

    The kde screenshots come from

    The theme can be downloaded here:

    I don’t know how to get the suse menu under kubuntu, but i’m sure google can help you on that one. Or you could try the ubuntu forums.

    • abutua
    • March 27th, 2008

    I love KDE, but I want Fluxbox in there. FVWM will be good too.

    • linuxowns
    • March 27th, 2008

    I’ll add some fluxbox, xfce and e17 screenshots when I find the time.

  2. Nice collection of screenshots, I have bookmarked this one just in case someone asks me about the capabilities of ubuntu and others :-).

  3. Hey dude,

    The first screenshot on the GNOME desktop (organic 3) is awesome. How did you configure it? which one is that?


    • linuxowns
    • May 3rd, 2008

    All the gnome screenshots are from Look there for the themes.

  4. for OPENSUSE style KDE menu.

    kde menu is a component of kde now,

    with kde4 it comes by deafault.

    look at kde-looks only for that menu

    • Juan
    • May 4th, 2008

    Wow. If this is what they call “ugly” I don’t wanna ever see windoze in my life.

    • Peterix
    • May 10th, 2008

    This would be even better if there were links to the themes.

  5. i’m impress’d with linux but i am going to try kubuntu, a distro of ubuntu. also there are lots of options to run your ubuntu through USB drive too.

    • no one
    • May 18th, 2008


    • changi
    • June 23rd, 2008


    do you have any links for great backgrounds/wallpapers ?

    I am just starting a wordpress to share the best WPs I found.


    • linuxowns
    • June 23rd, 2008


    The sites I usually get my wallpapers from are:


    • Adewale
    • July 2nd, 2008

    Hi, i really like the first gnome theme, is there a link where i can get it from. Thanks

    • Bavarian
    • July 3rd, 2008

    Yeah if someone you can give links under the screenshots will be good.

    • linuxowns
    • July 4th, 2008

    I’ll provide links for each of the screenshots somewhere this week.

    • Bavarian
    • July 4th, 2008

    Thank you so much πŸ™‚

    • Richard
    • July 8th, 2008

    OK, I’m convinced.
    Linux *is* ugly.
    I’m not really interested in all the special effects it can do, I’m just interested in how it renders everyday text, and on this count, it just doesn’t compete with Windows’ ClearType or Apple’s OS X.
    Just my opinion – have a look at this comparison:

    • linuxowns
    • July 8th, 2008

    It’s going to take a while to find them all.

    I think I’ll remove all the images and post new ones, a bit more up to date somewhere this week.

    • linuxowns
    • July 15th, 2008

    @ Richard.

    That’s what you say.

    My fonts look good.

    • Devren
    • July 18th, 2008

    Hi linuxowns!

    Love the 3rd Gnome Desktop with the Barcelona chair in the right-hand corner… My wife loves those chairs and she would be stoked if she had that wallpaper on her desktop. Could you tell me where you picked it up from?



    • linuxowns
    • July 18th, 2008

    Hi Devren,

    Sure I can,

    The theme:

    The wallpaper:

    • Devren
    • July 22nd, 2008

    Sweet! That wallpaper will be worth at least a few “brownie points” LOL

    Thanks mate!

    • moo
    • December 11th, 2008

    Where can I get that 3rd theme in the Enlightenment section? It is sooo cool!

  6. A very Nice Website Ive seen Uptill. Excellent post. Keep it up! Good day!

    • Text Sucks
    • May 6th, 2009

    @ Richard,

    Thank you. I was trying to pinpoint what it was that always bugged me about linux. I’ve got all 3 os’s (a macbook pro, and dualboot linux/vista on my desktop). The other thing is the bar that surrounds each window and the big region on top of the windows. They appear almost childish and overly simple rather than elegant.

    It is a free OS though, so you can’t expect the world from it.

    • Charles
    • October 10th, 2009

    Well, almost all seems amateur, not really prefessional like Windows or Mac. But XFCE desktops are OK.

  7. Would be nice to see detailed configuration info next to the images.
    The used theme/icon/font names and such.

    • anthonyh
    • January 14th, 2010

    Who is the girl in your background? πŸ™‚

  8. Nice collection of screen shots and desktops, when my friends ask what the options for a desktop are, I am going to send them to your site.

    • Keith
    • February 15th, 2010

    I like Linux, I prefer it to Windows but I still think that Windows looks cleaner. There’s lots of programmers willing to provide their services for free but programmers are generally lacking an artistic side. What we need is graphics artists to make simple clean but elegant icons and GUIs for Linux…I don’t wish that Linux looked like Windows…I wish it looked more like Mac. Simple touches like starting an application and having the sidebar be the right size is more favourable to me. If you look at sidebars in Linux the fonts are usually so big and the text so long that it doesn’t all fit in. Linux GUI designers need to make it more minimal looking and clean….As an example, compare the buttons in apps in Windows to Linux…Linux ones look huge and ugly…Linux visual effects are impressive but some of the basics are still wrong….have any of you ever come across situations where the accelerator keys are assigned twice in the one app?! PS: Some of you readers will have boiling blood now BUT i’m genuinely not “knocking” Linux, I like it – I just think it needs an artist’s touch and not just programmers…

  9. The fonts on Linux Mint as every single bit as clean as windows ones, even crisper in allot of cases.

    For those who had issues with Ubuntu’s fonts.. I urge you to give Linux Mint a Try.. it’s based on Ubuntu but it’s ready for anything straight out of the box.. Flash, Java, Dvd playback etc.. Even webpages render how you expect them too.

    If you just install Ubuntu and then start slating the fonts when you haven’t even tweaked them or installed the core-fonts then you have no right to comment… After all, you can’t really use windows unless you’ve spent 10 hours adding updates and service packs and running through wizards to enable clear-type and what you get your basically stuck with.

    I want taskbars that span multiple monitors and ubuntu/mint gives me that… Something windows has never even to this day been able to provide.. 21st century MS.. People have more than 1 monitor these days!!

  10. Look at the icons and icon text…. Not Crisp??? Give me a break, it’s as crisp as it gets!!

    BTW.. those CPU % readers are fully working and blended nicely into the wallpaper πŸ™‚

    • suresh_brugge
    • October 26th, 2010

    I have a screenshot i would like to share but how to upload here ?

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