These are screenshots of the desktops I have used in 2015. No dramatic changes–still using Openbox, still loving the Erthe theme for work, still keeping it simple.

Early in the year I replaced Varuna, a Thinkpad X60 that was prone to overheat, with Soma, a Thinkpad X200. The screenshots of both are of a 23″ screen I use with it. Savitar is my old, battered, but beloved Thinkpad X41. On Soma, I’ve mainly used the last two desktops. The two screenshots of Savitar are those from last year, as I did not change anything to that desktop the entire year. Savitar is still my work laptop.

Varuna

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Openbox 3.5.2, with the Mythos Gtk and Openbox themes, and the AnyColorYouLike (ACYL) icon theme.

Soma

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Openbox 3.5.2, with the Alghattas Gtk and Openbox themes, and the MeliaeSVG icon theme. I can’t remember where I found the wallpaper image.

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Openbox 3.5.2, with the Alghattas Gtk and Openbox themes, and the MeliaeSVG icon theme.

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Openbox 3.5.2, with an unreleased Gtk and Openbox themes, and the ACYL icon theme. The wallpaper is from here (G3, scaling the 960×800 image with Feh).

Savitar

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Gnome 2.30.2 with Openbox 3.5.0, still using the Erthe themes and ACYL icon theme.

 

 

These are the very few screenshots I took in 2014. I change my desktop much less frequently than I used to when I started documenting this, seven years ago, but it still serves as a good index of my thoughts and moods of the past year.

Savitar is a Thinkpad X41, running Debian Testing, with Openbox and Gnome 2.30 (still!). It is the computer I use for most of my work, and its looks have changed very little since 2012. Varuna is a Thinkpad X60, with an external monitor, running Linux Mint Debian edition. I generally use Openbox on it (with several Xfce components) and occasionally Pekwm. The second desktop setup, with the Groove themes, is the one I used for most of 2014.

Varuna

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Openbox 3.5, with the Laza-mod themes.

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Openbox 3.5, with the Groove themes, and the ported AestheticGroove icon theme.

Fawn-pekwm

Pekwm 0.1.17, with the Fawn Gtk and Pekwm theme, and the Children of the Earth icon theme.

Savitar

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Gnome 2.30.2 with Openbox 3.5.0, still using the Erthe themes and ACYL icon theme.

Here are my screenshots of 2013.

Early in the year I got Varuna, a Thinkpad X60. Shortly after that I let go of Loka, the old desktop computer I had been using for years, and hooked up Varuna to the 23″ screen I used with Loka. I now only work with Varuna and Savitar, my beloved Thinkpad X41 (they sure don’t make them like this anymore!).

Savitar still runs (an outdated) Debian Testing (Wheezy), as did Loka. Varuna runs Mint Debian Edition, primarily so I could have an easy way to run MATE. As the screenshots below illustrate, I’ve used Openbox exclusively this year, often as the window manager of MATE or Xfce (on Varuna) or Gnome 2.30 (on Savitar).

Savitar is my main work computer, and has changed little in aesthetics since 2012. The dark hues of the Erthe themes has worked so well that I have no desire to change anything other than the wallpaper. On Varuna, the computer I (mainly) use at home for everything else, things change more rapidly (though not nearly as often as 5 years ago).

Loka

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Mate 1.4.2, with Openbox 3.5, with a modified Laza Gtk and Openbox theme, and the Gnome-noble icons.

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Mate 1.4.2, with Openbox 3.5, with a modified A New Hope Gtk theme, and the ubo icons.

Varuna

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Xfce 4.8 with Openbox 3.5, using a modified Laza Gtk and Openbox theme, and the Gnome-noble icons. The wallpaper is Caravaggio’s Saint Jerome.

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Xfce 4.8 with Openbox 3.5, using the Salvage Gtk and Openbox theme, and the AnyColorYouLike icons.

Et in Arcadia ego

Openbox 3.5, with the Rivas themes.

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Xfce 4.8 with Openbox 3.5, using the Groove themes.

Miroir

Openbox 3.5, using the Miroir themes.

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Openbox 3.5, using the Miroir themes.

Savitar

Gnome 2.30, with Openbox, using the Erthe themes, and the AnyColorYouLike icons.

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Gnome 2.30 and Openbox 3.5, using the Erthe themes.

This is my fifth annual screenshot review, recording my changing aesthetics and moods. Early in the year, I moved back to Gnome (with Openbox, of course) on my laptop (Savitar, a Thinkpad X41), and in November began using MATE on my desktop (Loka). Early in the year, for a few months I also returned to Pekwm, a wonderful little window manager I hadn’t used much in the previous year. I also played with Awesome for a short while, but that window manager, however much I like it, remains more of a distracting novelty for me than an productive work environment.

As you can see below, I’ve mainly used dark themes this year (and particularly the Erthe themes), and have changed my setup a lot less often than I did when I started posting these annual overviews.

Both Savitar and Loka still run Debian Testing (Wheezy), though Savitar’s is far from up to date (as should be obvious from the Gnome 2 screenshots below).

All my Openbox and Gtk themes (including those that I merely modified) can now be found on github.

Savitar

Gnome 2, with Openbox, using the Erthe themes, and the AnyColorYouLike icons.

Openbox 3.5, with the Dandelion Openbox and Gtk theme, and the nuoveXT-1.7 icons. The desktop background is a painting of the Six Gosvamis of Vrindavan.

Gnome 2, with Openbox, using the Erthe themes, and the AnyColorYouLike icons. The desktop background I found here.

Loka

Pekwm, with the Infinity Pekwm and Gtk theme, and the moblin icons.

Pekwm with the Royalty themes, and the AnyColorYouLike icons.

Openbox 3.5, with modified royalty themes and Somatic icons. The dock holds bbdock, bbpager, lal, and docker.

Openbox 3.5 and XFCE 4.8, with the Erthe themes, and AnyColorYouLike icons.

Awesome 3.4.13, with the Eidolon themes.

MATE 1.4.2 with Openbox 3.5, using modified Laza themes and the Gnome-Noble icons.