Our readers have submitted thousands of screenshots of their best desktop configurations, and over the year we've featured some truly impressive and unique desktops with you. Here's a look back at some of the best this year had to offer.
The Enigma 2.0 Desktop
The updated Enigma Desktop set the tone for the entire year — it all started with the first 2.0 version being released with an installer, followed with Rainmeter 1.0 bringing the Enigma desktop to everyone as the default theme, and then the year came to a close with Rainmeter 1.1 making it even easier to use with tools that let you modify your theme without mucking around in code. Impressive work, Kaelri!
The Reader rykennedyan's Starlight desktop was far and away the most popular single desktop of 2009, and with a beautiful wallpaper like that, it's not hard to understand what drew readers in — but the theme had much more going on, with an entire set of launchers and system information in a bar at the bottom of the screen.
Barely a week went by after the amazing Starlight desktop before rykennedyan blew us all away again by transforming his desktop into an impressive recreation of the popular Halo 3 first-person shooter, complete with system stats and information blended into the screen.
Reader zackshackleton's desktop took a comic book panel and blended the system stats right into the conversation bubbles, making one of the most fun desktops we've seen all year — and sparking a wave of desktops with stats integrated directly into unlikely background images.
Reader Painkilla05's stylish desktop was inspired from a Microsoft research video showing what computer interfaces might look like in the year 2019, with system stats and information wrapped around the sides of the screeen — just like they might be on a futuristic tablet.
The Star's Memory Desktop
Reader Chaebi69 took the Enigma desktop customisation, transformed it with an artistic wallpaper, and blended the whole thing together into one of the first great looking desktops of the year — and it didn't hurt that he included the Hulk.
What desktop nerd-fest would be complete without at least one LCARS desktop? Reader momoses answered the call for one of the most often-requested customisations and turned his Mac into a lookalike for the computer display in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Gothic Century Desktop
Reader chaebi69 continued his artistic flair with this stunning display of useful information blended perfectly into a simple wallpaper. Between the vertical calendar, customised dock and Century Gothic font, it was an amazing theme that fit together extremely well.
If there was a prize for the nerdiest desktop, there's no question at all that reader Andreas would win, and while it's not the most beautiful desktop in the world, the incredible amount of information that he was able to pack into one screen is simply amazing.
Reader нawk went an entirely different route — instead of overloading the screen with loads of information, he stuck with a simple wallpaper and just the important system stats, ending up with a clean, minimalistic look that sparked a wave of minimal desktops.
The Gaia desktop suite transformed reader Sweetshop Union's Windows 7 desktop with widgets, wallpaper, Rainmeter and a visual style to match, resulting in a polished, unique and beautiful overall look.
Reader Cody took the Enigma desktop customisation and combined it with a retro vector wallpaper to make a slick, colourful and completely awesome theme.
Reader TDuck's OS X desktop was all about the beautiful wallpaper image, but if you look closely you'll see that he blended circular system information graphs right into the slick overall theme.
Have a favourite featured desktop from 2009 that wasn't featured here? Let's hear about it in the comments.