I just can’t resist — here’s a screenshot of my desktop in action. It’s using the Desktop Cube and Rotate Cube plugins for Compiz Fusion (adjustable in ccsm, as described in the last post), with a dual monitor, 3360 x 1050 resolution, with a 6-sided hexagon as my “cube” (the number is arbitrary — you can have up to 16; the number of sides the cube has is determined by how many “workspaces” you have, which can be set up separately from the preferences menu of the Workspace switcher icon, which is part of the Panel (Linux Mint lingo for the Windows XP Taskbar)).
You don’t have to worry about the minimized window buttons on the Panel adding up in an unsightly way on your Panel, because all windows/programs indicate their presence in the Window List area on the Panels that are in the same Workspace as the window (e.g., if you have 10 windows opened up on Workspace 1, those windows will NOT show up on the Panel area in Workspace 2). The idea is to have maybe 5 or 6 windows open at a time per Workspace, and then to use the other spaces as necessary.
And below is a shot of my workspace.
The gadgets on the right are those nifty Screenlets that I talked about in the last post (CircleClock, ClearCalendar, ClearWeather, RingSensors, and AllCoreCPUUsage). In case you’re curious, the wallpapers are from here. I just slapped two of the wallpapers together to achieve a separate look for the left and right monitors.
One of the coolest parts about the Desktop Cube/Rotate Cube combination is that, even when you’re rotating the cube around, all the screens are LIVE — yup, the clock digits will keep counting, the movies will keep playing, and you’ll be able to see them all change (even system dialog boxes that have progress bars on them will update live). This is how much the Compiz Fusion developers care about the user experience; kudos to them.