Where is information how to configure it more? I do not appreciate the color of the little house, the "Home". To drag and drop it to the panel does not work.
Regards customizing the look, depends if you are using gnome or kde (or something else). I use gnome and installed the gartoon theme and the graphite border for the windows (sort of a MAC OS X look to the windows). The gartoon theme is nice and colorful. You can right click on an icon on your desktop and choose properties and then click on the icon to change it. I haven't checked, but I'm certain you can get individual icons (or make your own) on the Internet that you can select instead of the default one. You can get the gnome themes at http://art.gnome.org/ . And installing a theme is very simple. Click on System, Preferences, Theme. You can then drag and drop the theme you downloaded into that window (or browse for it by choosing Install Theme). (with gnome...) You can then go in Theme Details to further tweak the appearance of your desktop and then save that as your own personal theme so you can pull it up again later if you happen to accidentally change it (or experiment with others). Once I found how to do this, I really started to enjoy my desktop a lot more (it was nice and clean before, but we all have our preferences to make our own environment our own and make it more pleasant). Once you've done that, you can play with the background on your panels (and make them semi-transparent), and same for the terminal window. You can change the background, make it semi-transparent. I typically like things fairly clean and lean. This customizing allowed me to change the look to something I liked, while still clean looking. To get a home link on your panel (again, I'm using gnome - may be different in kde), right click on it and select Add to Panel. Then select Custome Application Launcher. In that window you will see an option near the bottom called Type. Change that to Link (which will change the Command text box to URL). For your URL, enter file:///home/myhomefolder where myhomefolder would be the name of your folder (or you can put whatever folder here of course, such as file:///XP/Master if you have a dual boot system with a NTFS drive mounted under /XP/Master). and of course you can click on the icon button to go select one. So set one up for your home folder and then select an icon that you'd like to have and you're in business. Then if you want to remove the home icon from your desktop, go under Applications, System Tools, Configuration Editor (or from terminal Windown the command is gconf-editor). Go under Apps, Nautilus, Desktop. You will see options the right where you can select which icons you want displayed on your desktop. In there you'll note all kinds of other stuff you can edit. Good luck, and enjoy your new desktop. Jacques B.