"It'd be easy to assume that Linux, the de facto
computer-geek operating system, would look pretty boring. But the
bright, colorful desktops might surprise you. Linux -- a free
alternative to commercial operating systems like Windows and the
Mac OS -- has been built from the ground up to be entirely
customizable. So all you need are a few programming skills to
get your desktop to look like ... well, whatever you want."
"But most users aren't up to the programming task, and that's
where Themes.org comes in. It's a clearinghouse for the work of
other Linux programmers who have come up with some cutting-edge
looks for the gratis Linux system. And in the tradition of Linux's
Open Source movement, these operating system makeovers are free
"Linux has a strong tradition of grassroots, community effort,
and the interface aspect is no different. Themes.org is primarily a
volunteer organization," said Greg Sanders, Themes.org's site
manager. But do you need a computer-science degree to run this
beast? "The idea that Linux is for übergeeks is outdated,"
Sanders pointed out. "A few years ago this was true, but it does
not apply now."