Here's some screenshots of my steam powered.... err... sabayon powered KDE desktop!Clear and lookin' pretty
Here you see my desktop doing nothing but just itching to be used. The only visible panel is the main panel on top, which houses the kickoff menu, a spacer, memory monitor plasmoid, cpu monitor plasmoid, network monitor plasmoid, didgital clock in Droid Sans font, and Customizable Weather plasmoid.
I can't remember where I got the wallpaper. Actually I just googled for steampunk backgrounds, and i found it. Surely you can as well? The plasmoid on the desktop is the fading calendar plasmoid.
Desktop theme is Product with the Product-Light color scheme. Oxygem-gtk is in use. Icon theme is the ever wonderful KFaenza theme. Showing the Panels
In this screenshot I am showing my other two panels, which are set to autohide.
The panel on the left is my taskmanager panel. I have the smooth-tasks plasmoid and the activities plasmoid in it.
The bottom panel is my system panel. I have the desktop pager, view dashboard (which I am not using for anything yet but I reserve the right to use it in the future
), systemtray, and a spacer. BUSY!
This screenshot shows me working like a boss... or at least pretending to for the purpose of said screenshot! Noticable programs are Chrome, Libre Office, Kickoff, and Kopete.Desktop Grid
This screenshot illustrates the zoomed out desktop grid. One of the things I liked about Gnome Shell was that it utulized a desktop grid like this (as does Unity), where you could move programs easily to different desktops and easily access and manage different desktops. The key difference in Gnome Shell is that it adds desktops as needed, where as KDE starts with a defined number (chosen by you), but includes a + and - button on the desktop grid to easily add or remove desktops. I find this later approach better because I almost always make use of 4 desktops to begin with.
I have the desktop grid set to a hot spot at the lower right corner (versus the upper left corner because I hate accessing the grid everytime I go to call my menu). Occasionally I have the desktops set as different activities, but I chose not to do so this time around. As you can tell, desktop 1 is my internet desktop, 2 is my work desktop, 3 is my music desktop, and 4 is my system desktop.
Another feature of Gnome Shell that I adopted for my KDE desktop was the bottom system bar. Having those notifications duck out of my way when I work helps me stay focused better. But I like KDE more than Gnome 3, because, well KDE is insanely more customizable, and if I get tired of one way, I can easily make a change!