Thursday, January 10, 2008

Gnome-Look.org and customizing Ubuntu




Today I want to explore the power of Linux for updating your themes. After checking out gnome-look.org It isn't exactly obvious how to get these themes loaded onto the desktop. It's so simple that nobody bothers with an explanation. Please visit GeekyBits, I just found that site and it has the perfect walk through for people who want to tweak their icons or themes.

Terms to know

GTK: is the base library that the GNOME environment runs on.
Metacity:Ubuntu's default compositing window manager (program that builds the windows). was replaced by Compiz-Fusion, which has the 3d desktop.

Themes
download the theme from the above a theme from Gnome-look then go to System > Preferences > Themes
drag the file into the Themes window and it will automatically add it as an option. Literally so simple that nobody thins
Unlike other themes Icons aren't simple. I found this Howto on Ubuntu Forums Archives
To install a new icon theme:

Icons
Download the Icon theme tarball..
cp tarball.tar.gz /home/username/.icons
cd /home/username/.icons
tar xfz tarball.tar.gz
Goto Computer > Desktop Preferences > Themes to change to the new Icon theme. If you do not have a .icons directory you can create one:
mkdir -p /home/username/.icons

The power is yours to explore, thank you for choosing linux.

These themes are suspected defaults for the newest Ubuntu release.


another metacity theme to downloadGnome-look options.

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