This is my KDE desktop, although it's been modified virtually beyond recognition. Remember the good ol' days, when people modified their desktops into something *original*, rather than copy OSX or XP? Sometimes the results were good, sometimes bad, but at least they showed some signs of creativity, rather than fawning over the latest from MS or Apple. In that spirit, I present to you Fahrenheit: The X-less Desktop.
Starting from the top left: kicker with the kicker pager applet showing my four desktops, my own SuperKaramba volume control (yes, the knobs work with the scroll wheel), my own SuperKaramba interface to amarok, which is above my own SuperKaramba taskbar, the SysTray (again thanks to SuperKaramba--are you sensing the theme?), and a SuperKaramba analog clock that I wrote about a year ago (one of the first I did). On the right hand side is a SuperKaramba icon selector (the up and down arrows allow me to scroll through three different pages of icons) and below that is gkrellm.
On the bottom, we have a weather app (again written with SuperKaramba). To the right, the weather map of Europe is fetched through weather.com with the help of a little Python script and modified accordingly. The "sunclock" is updated every ten minutes with xplanet (along with another Python script to calculate sunrise/set times), and the current moon phase is also generated every three hours through xplanet and a Python script to determine the phase name, age, and illumination. The calendar is the product of a Python script that creates a new calendar image at midnight. Every five minutes or so, the weather map, sun clock, moon phase, and calendar images are automagically combined with the background (which has been modified with the GIMP for shadows and TV-like scan lines), which results in a dynamically changing desktop that doesn't distract me.
Oh, yes, and the window decoration is my own Fahrenheit, of course.
Apart from the window decoration, you won't find any of these anywhere, since I did it all myself (although I couldn't have done it without SuperKaramba).
And the next time some troll says, "KDE is too much like Windows," point them to this page and show them what a little creativity can accomplish.