"Open Source" Clipart Link
It's a good idea to check on things like freedesktop. This is the site for newer and neater ideas in desktops. Oh and Gnome 2.8 was released yesterdayish. And it looks pretty sweet. It has the Hardware Abstraction Layer integrated into it, so that when you plug in a usb drive or a cdrom it can insert the proper modules, or even start an application. Yeah yeah, Mac's already do this but it's nice to see that there is movement forward on a front that doesn't always require money to get the job done.