The Umbral Desktop

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The Umbral Desktop

Zorgodon’s Windows 10 desktop is super clean and minimal, but still has just enough information to be useful whether he has nothing open, or just a few windows open. Here’s how he set it up.

A hidden taskbar, a little cleanup, a few simple widgets and a nice, nuanced wallpaper, and that’s all it takes to make this desktop yours. If you like the look, here’s what you’ll need to make it yours:

That’s pretty much it. Nice and simple, and the whole package looks great. You could do this with the wallpaper above, or use your own—or you could just grab the wallpaper and whichever skins you prefer and leave the rest alone, it’s up to you. If you like the look of the whole thing, make sure to head over to Zorgodon’s Flickr page (linked below) to sing your praises.

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The Mars Approach Desktop

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The Mars Approach Desktop

This Arch Linux desktop features a beautiful photo of Mars floating in the dark, but that’s not all that’s interesting about it—transparent terminal windows and resource indicators round out what’s actually a very productive setup. Here’s how to make it your own.

This desktop makes heavy use of Linux-specific widgets, so you’ll have some twisting to do if you want to make this work in Windows, but if you are running Linux (or OS X, for that matter), here’s what you’ll need:

  • The Red Planet wallpaper
  • Conky, a lightweight system monitor for Linux
  • Ncmpcpp for the music player and the visualizer in the upper left of the screen
  • Terminator for the transparent terminal windows on the desktop
  • Openbox as the window manager
  • XCompmgr for drop shadow effects and window transparency

It’s not as much as it seems, but the end-result is a beautiful terminal-like desktop that reminds me of my old Linux machine, frankly. If you love it or have questions about how to set yours up just like this, head over to the Flickr page linked below to ask your questions or sing your praises!

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Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

2015-10-23 | Flickr

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