my desktop customizations
I have Ubuntu installed on my machine. Its nice and easy to work on. Even then, I have my own set of customizations to add to the system.
The most drastic customization is disabling the window decorations. I have always found it of no use, except for controlling the window, which could easily be made into key-bindings. So now I have the luxury of more screen space, used for the purpose it should be.
Most of my time is spent in terminal, browser or acrobat reader. So again, there are some customizations to achieve better screen usage for these applications. I set my terminal to be a little translucent. Apart from the aesthetic appeal, it allows me to monitor whats going on in the background, if needed. Many a times I use F11 to go fullscreen with terminal. I use emacs for coding, blogging etc. Rather than using the default emacs window, I prefer using terminal to work with emacs (ex: emacs -nw). Coding with the background visible, has its own appeal. Also I can go fullscreen while coding, without much effort (F11). Using the terminal as frontend has another advantage of changing the font size on the run. When I want to have a birds eye view of the code, I just do Ctr-Minus (the minus sign on keyboard). Ctr-0 to go back to the default font size.
Now comes the browser. Again, in need for more screen space, I have Hide Menu extension to hide the whole menu bar. I also remove the Bookmarks Toolbar and Use small Icons and use F11 when convenient. For Acrobat Reader, I frequently use the Ctr-h and F9 key-bindings. Ctr-h hides most bars except the Menu bar and F9 hides the Menu bar. There are many more small customizations I have on my system. Aliases, shortcuts etc. The once presented here are just to pass on some ideas. There are many better places to know more about them.
Here are a few complimentary screen shots of my desktops. In case you are interested to know, I steal my backgrounds from wallpaper.deviantart.com.