I just finished this Desktop yesterday. Informative, augmented windows shell to give my Windows 7 laptop that great GNOME/*buntu desktop feel.
To start, theme Windows with Abstracts Dark. I lightly modded my version (which you can view/grab here) in GIMP for better viewing of my Rainmeter action on the right (The skins… »
My laptop with Windows 8 Pro X64 (can't use 8.1, clients network certification does not work with it), used mainly for .NET anddevelopment. I like to have a clean desktop, used to files only for temp stuff like instalation files. After instaling, everything goes to trash. »
Desktop for my secondary "utility" monitor that stays relatively free of clutter (thus, no dock, no icons, etc.). Using Geektool to output each piece of the current date and time. Heavy use of Imagemagick to create flipped, distorted, blurred representations of the date/time pieces. »
Another attempt at making my desktop more productive using Rainmeter. This one builds on my previous minimalistic desktop look and adds widgets through sidebars for extra productivity. Here are the links for the rainmeter skins I used- »