Macbuntu Theme

Popular Ubuntu (11.10/10.04) Themes

Ubuntu 11.10 is based on Gnome 3 – both Unity and Gnome Shell interface works on the top of Gnome3 in 11.10 (it was not the case in earlier version such as 11.04 – that’s why Unity and Gnome shell were not compatible, anyway it’s not a problem anymore). By default Ubuntu 11.10 comes with Unity but you can install gnome shell in Ubuntu 11.10 if you want (probably you were waiting for Gnome Shell or may be because you don’t like Unity). So this post is all about some cool GTK 3 themes and of course Gnome shell themes.

Ubuntu 10.04 was a LTS(Long Term Support) release, with Gnome 2 desktop. According to my experience, it was almost a perfect, cool and solid Linux desktop. Currently, I’m using it along with the newer version of Ubuntu. Macbuntu theme is the most popular theme, for 10.04 (as well as 10.10).

Macbuntu Theme

Gnome 2.* themes

Gnome 2.3 is probably the most popular, solid and stable Linux desktop. The user base has declined after Gnome Shell or Unity but it’s still the most popular among some user specially those who uses LTS version of Ubuntu such as 10.04. I’ve covered a lot of posts about Gnome 2 themes so you are requested to refer to that posts –

My Al time favorite Themes : http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/02/03/top-10-ubuntu-themes/

Recommended Cool Themes : http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/04/09/cool-ubuntu-themes/

Gnome 3 ‘n’ Gnome Shell Themes

Gnome 3 is the latest cool desktop – which has been designed in a different way. Some of the users like it while others hate it but any way, Ubuntu, OpenSuse and Fedora has adapted it. Currently you may feel annoying due to some funky bugs but it may become very popular at-least on small devices. As a desktop users, Now I feel that, Gnome 3/Shell is not so good for productivity as it supposed to be. Some Cool GTK 3.0 Themes that you must try –

http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/10/10/top-10-gnome-shell-themes/

http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/06/16/best-gnome-3-shell-themes/

http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/06/13/best-themes-for-ubuntu-11-04-10-10/

KDE Themes

KDE is the third most popular desktop. It has lot of users and developers working on it – so it is very easy to get new cool themes for your desktop.

http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/04/04/10-best-kde-themes/

Special Recommendation :

Mac OS X Themes for Ubuntu, to get the cool look of Mac on Ubuntu.

11.10

http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/12/12/mac-os-x-theme-for-ubuntu-11-10/

10.10/10.04

http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/03/02/how-to-install-mac-theme-on-ubuntu-10-10/

 

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Mac OS X theme for Ubuntu 11.10

Macbuntu was my most favorite theme in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10 but the project (hosted at sourceforge.net) doesn’t seemed to be active because there has been no release after 10.10, may be because of some major changes in the desktop environment of Ubuntu (started with 11.04 and now it’s completely different – Gnome 3 based distribution). If there will be any macbuntu or similar transformation pack available for Ubuntu 11.10 or Gnome 3 desktop, then I’ll update this post accordingly.

Mac OS X or other products of Apple has one thing in common – Great Design! I do like the look/interface of Mac OS X – it’s pretty damn cool. (although I don’t want to get trapped in App Store) so I was looking for a mac like theme for Ubuntu 11.10 (aka – Oneiric Ocelot). This post is about a GTK 3 theme inspired by the look of Mac OS X.

Adwaita Cupertino Theme

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It’s a Mac OS X like theme for Ubuntu 11.10 users (you may try in Linux Mint 12, it should work). The theme is based on Adwaita, and the theme is designed by the user trastes.

Download Adwaita Cupertino Theme

Installing Mac OS X theme in Ubuntu 11.10

After Downloading the theme package, you must download some dependent packages/themes/icons.

Then open a terminal and execute the command to open nautilus in root mode –

gksu nautilus

Then extract the theme file (archive) and copy all the themes directory to usr/share/themes and for icons – usr/share/icons. Then open Gnome Tweak Tool (if you haven’t installed it then first install it from Ubuntu Software Center or hit sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool at terminal) and change the themes, icons etc to get the Mac OS X type Look.

Thanks to @trastes for the great theme (and the snapshots).

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how to create a sudo user in Ubuntu

If you’ve installed Ubuntu 11.10 (or older version such as 11.04 or any other similar linux distributions such as Linux Mint 12) – then during installing process, you created a super user by default, but sometimes you need to create another user with root power i.e you want to create a sudo user, right? Yeah! because it’s not a good idea to use (or enable, because it’s disabled by default) root account for administrative tasks.

Creating another user or simply the user management in Ubuntu is not a complex task – as you can easily create/delete/update users from a clean, simple and easy to use graphical interface (Go to Top Right -> Click on Your Name -> Then click on your Icon). That’s it. No, there is another way to do that – from terminal – using some funky terminal commands.

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The above snapshot, explains the process of creating a new user account in Ubuntu 11.10 (running Gnome 3 with Gnome Shell Interface, wondering what theme? it’s Zukito; Isn’t it cool :)). Everything seems to be self explanatory. So lets move on to terminal approach which is more funky, powerful and preferred among linux users.

Create a User

To create a user in Ubuntu, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command (replace user_name with the username of your choice etc coolgeek).

sudo adduser user_name

(Then you will be prompted to Enter the details for the new user such as password, Name, Room Number, Phone Number etc, just enter the details correctly and hit ‘y’)

Granting sudo power to the User

Now, you’ve created the user, you can add the user to sudo group (which is created by default in Ubuntu, you could also use admin group) using the following command –

sudo adduser user_name sudo

OR

sudo adduser user_name admin

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In the case if sudo group doesn’t exist or you want to create your own group then use the following commands –

Creating a Group (User Group)

First create a group using the command (Replace group_name with the group you want to create e.g geeky)-

sudo addgroup group_name

Then add that group to sudoers file, to do that first open the file using the command –

sudo visudo

and  add the following line to the bottom of the file (then save the file and exit).

%group_name  ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

Although creating groups isn’t necessary but it makes user management (with different privileges) much easier. Anyway, if you just want to grant root permission to any user then add this line to the sudoers file –

user_name  ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

That’s All. Enjoy :)

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How to install Opera in Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) users got Firefox installed by default – which is pretty good for browsing. If you’re not happy then there install Google Chrome or Chromium, you will be browsing seamlessly without any problem. But in the case, if you want to try any other browser in Ubuntu 11.10, then probably you are looking for Opera. Opera has already been dominating the mobile browsing market, although it’s not so popular in desktop market (it’s probably the 4th most popular browser in desktop market) but it’s a pretty good browser; well, it also support modern good stuffs (HTML5, CSS3, etc) you don’t want to miss.

Opera have a lot of cool features including tabbed browsing, mouse gesture, page zooming and a well integrated download manager (super cool!). Opera is also known as the origin of a lot of cool features that every browsers adapted later. Opera is available for a lot of platforms  – GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

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Opera with Ubuntu 11.10

Opera for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

The latest version of opera – 11.60 released in the first week of the Dec 2011. For Debian based linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint – download the *.deb package and install it either with Ubuntu Software Center or gdebi Package Installer.

Install Opera in Ubuntu 11.10 (or Linux Mint 12 or other Debian based distro)

downloading-opera

#1. Download the debian package from the official website. (it should automatically detect your OS and the required package, if not, then follow the snapshot before hitting the download button)

Download Opera Browser

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#2. Then open the download file (something like this : opera_11.60_i386.deb) with Ubuntu Software Center (If you’re using Linux Mint then open it with gdebi package installer), click on install to continue and wait for the installation to complete.

#3. That’s All, no you can find it in Applications – >Internet. Happy Browsing :)