"With so many new devices – with so many new interfaces
– coming out all the time, is your desktop starting to seem a
little, well…boring? Are you frustrated by how slow and buggy
Windows is? Are you tired of winter weather and wish that something
– anything – would change?
"If so, this list is for you.
"We've collected 53 different open source projects that can make
your desktop environment faster, prettier, easier to use or just a
little different. They run the gamut from small utilities that do
just one thing to open source operating systems that can replace
Windows. We've included a number of tools for Linux users that can
help you customize your desktop to meet your unique needs and
"Have an open source suggestions? As always, if you'd like to
suggest additional apps for an upcoming list, feel free to add them
in the comments section below.
"1. Kysrun Replaces other methods of launching Linux apps Much
like Launchy (below), Kysrun starts your applications or opens
bookmarks or documents with a couple of keystrokes. It also starts
searches on Google, Wikipedia or IMDB and solves math problems.
Operating System: Linux
"2. Launchy Replaces the Windows start menu and other methods of
"If you hate to use the mouse, Launchy is for you. It lets you
open applications, documents, folders, bookmarks and more with just
a few keystrokes. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X"