For those interested in such things, I’ve put a bunch of links in the sidebar to the software that runs on my laptop. I run Gentoo Linux with initng managing system services. On the desktop I run evilwm, a very minimalist window manager (no window decorations, no icons, nothing). Gkrellm serves as a system monitor, clock, and general launch pad with SystemTray from the ROX project serving to hold stuff like instant messenging clients, etc. My background wallpaper changes every 30 seconds to a random image chosen from pictures I’ve taken. In general, the idea is to have a very sparse desktop that responds well to the keyboard and doesn’t use a lot of resources.