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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.

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  • 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.
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