You guys post very impressive-looking desktops, and I notice they're often elaborate and full of widgets and other on-screen info.
I don't need that, but also I am using a low-end laptop, I have to go the other direction. I choose to keep things as simple as possible, and that includes running Xfce to free up as many system resources as possible while still maintaining a Minty chill. Simplicity, however, does not have to look ugly.
Apart from that little custom home icon, I made only two changes:
1) I switched to the Mint-Y Dark theme
2) I changed the desktop background to the beautiful snowy tree wallpaper that actually comes with the OS
*(I used to roll with the matching icon set, but I've found I prefer the style and brightness of the factory icon set)
And this is what you get:
And here's how firefox looks with the dark theme:
This desktop is easy on the eyes, and runs so fast, you would never know I'm running an underpowered $400 laptop.
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