The Coastal Dune Desktop

Oliver wanted to add a little function to his Slackware Linux desktop, so he naturally turned to Conky to breathe a little life into an otherwise serene but plain desktop. The result gives him quick access to his RSS feeds and to the command line.

If you’re running Linux and want to get the same effect, here’s how you go about getting it:

  • The m Wallpaper (from the m visual theme for Windows) from DeviantArt
  • Conky, a lightweight system monitor for Linux systems
  • Conky’s built-in RSS reader for the upper left corner and a command window widget for the upper right
  • The DZen messaging and notification program to recreate the toolbar at the bottom
  • Oliver’s config files for the RSS feed at the top-left and the dzen2 bar at the bottom of the screen.

Special thanks to Oliver for uploading his config files to Github so we can share them with you!

Oliver posted his desktop to Google+, and we couldn’t help but notice it. If you have a Mac, you can get a similar look and feel with GeekTool, a utility we’ve shown you how to set up. If you’re running Windows, you can get the same effect with walked you through configuring before.

My Desktop [Google+]

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