Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

At this moment I know of Unity which looks much better than the default Gnome desktop that comes in 11.04. Also Compiz adds effects so that enhances the view. But what about other tools that make the view of the desktop much more pleasant to see.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted
  • To tweak Compiz you can install CompizConfig Settings Manager. It has many options, some of them might break your user interface so be cautious.
  • Conky is a system monitor that can display just about anything, either on your root desktop or in its own window. Conky has many built-in objects, as well as the ability to execute external programs or scripts (either external or through built-in lua support). It is not easy to configure Conky, but you can download many pre-configured files. Tech Drive-in featured some really great Conky themes not so long ago. OMG! Ubuntu! also featured some Conky themes.
  • WebUpd8 created an Ubuntu Themes PPA with many awesome GNOME themes.
share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.