Lifehacker reader Royale with Cheese has a sharp-looking flat desktop that looks like OS X at first glance. It's actually Fedora 20, and it's smooth as butter. Here's how he set it up.
Royale with Cheese's Linux desktop owes a lot to a single-theme suite, which is worth taking a look at if it works with your favourite distro. Here's what you'll need to get yours looking like this:
- The wallpaper from Wallbase
- The Numix Theme Suite to customise the overall look, feel and UI
- The Elegance Shell theme (preset in Numix) and the Numix GTK theme to customise the desktop environment
- The Numix Circle icons to replace the default system ones
- Docky to create an app-launching dock at the bottom of the screen
- A mix of GNOME extensions to add monitors and tools to his desktop, including Weather, Frippery Move Clock/Move-Clock, Activities Configurator, all of which are available here.
You don't necessarily need to have Fedora to make all of this work, but you should check for compatibility requirements before heading down this road. We're really impressed with what you can do with Numix, and we would love to see what you can do with it too!