Following the meme currently running on Planet Ubuntu here is one of my first linux desktops (the oldest screenshot I have). The install was set-up in 2002 I think. Mandrake 8.2 using the fluxbox window manager. It didn’t get used an awful lot as I could never get my ISDN modem working.
Today I run a close to stock Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid install. There’s not much to see on this screenshot, I use desktop_as_home_dir for quick access to my files (who cares if the desktop is “clean” I don’t stare at it, I use it).
In eight years the linux desktop has gone from hobbyist to viable competitor.