As I've mentioned before on this blog, the really great thing about Linux is how customizable it is. For instance, the Linux KDE desktop has the ability to run more than one desktop. You can set up to as many as 20 desktops, run applications on each and never have to figure out where your application is or navigate through the Windows clutter. Just move over to the desktop, click, and your application is right there.
This is done through a little app called Pager. Pager sits on your tool bar and provides you the means to navigate to the different desktops.
In this screen shot (At left. Click for a larger view), you can see how I'm running Pager in the top and bottom tool bars. I'm running a total of eight desktops. I've used Kmag (another great litle Linux app that already comes pre-installed!) to zoom in and show you how Pager can be further customized to give you thumbnail images of each desktop's wallpaper.
Again, Here's desktop 8 in full view. you can see the thumbnail of the Sydney Opera House in the Pager thumbnail in the top tool bar. ( I run Pager in the bottom tool bar but only have the desktop numbers displayed.) By the way, this photo and many others I run on my desktops are courtesy of GlobeTrotter 2000. His photos are up on Flickr. These are some of the best photos of city skylines and other global landmarks I ever seen. Absolutely worth a visit!
When it comes to customizing your desktop and giving it a unique look, there's no comparison to Windows! Linux wins hands down! and al the features are already built in and free! With Windows, in order to get even close to this kind of customization, the user has to purchase third party plug-ins. And these need to be run in the background using much- needed memory and other system resources.
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.