Linux is an open source operating system based on UNIX. Linux was launched in 1991 and it is growing bigger day by day and looks like it may become a good competitor of Microsoft and Apple in the market of operating system. The best feature of this operating system is that it is open source and any one can attribute to its features and share their opinions. It is becoming very popular among OS and apps developers. Linux is very secure and no virus can attack the operating system. When Linux was first launched it had command based interface and users found it difficult to use. It has improved now in terms of graphics user interface and it is becoming more users friendly. The goal of this article is to teach you to customize a Linux desktop.

You can do it with ease, follow the steps given below.


First step is to turn on and boot the computer into Linux. If you have installed two operating systems one is Windows and other is Linux then chooses Linux to turn on.


Now you can change the desktop background; to change the desktop background right click on the desktop. You will have to pick one image that is preinstalled on Linux to set it as the desktop background.


You can also change and play with Linux themes. To change theme go to system menu and then click on the preferences tab and select the themes icon to change the theme. When you change the theme it will change desktop icons, colors to fonts everything.


If you do not want to change the theme you can also change desktop icons and colors individually. To change them individually just go to system menu in system menu click on preferences tab. In the preferences tab click customize and then click appearances to customize the fonts or colors you want.

You can also install widgets made for Linux, they are open source applications. Two of them are Metacity and GTK; they are used to customize window manager. GTK is used to customize Linux themes and you can also download themes for Linux. GTK also includes buttons, scroll bars and interiors. You can play with graphics of Linux and change background, themes and icon size. You can also install a video card and use applications like Compiz to handle 33-d effects on Linux desktop. To customize 3-d effects using Compiz ; go to desktop then go to system menu. In system menu click preferences tab and click desktop effects. Now enable dektop effects and use workspace on cube. Now you want to move the cube then press alt+ctrl and mouse to rotate. Each face of the cube has a separate desktop. It will look amazing try this on Linux desktop. There are several open source applications are available for Linux you can download them using internet.