Category Archives: GNOME

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windows 7 theme for Linux Mint

Now a days, Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux based operating system among the desktop users, specifically who used to be a windows 7(or may be Vista or XP) users. Linux Mint 10(Julia) /9/(Linux Mint Debian Edition) has a lot of flavors based on the default desktop — Gnome,KDE,LXDE etc. GNOME is the default desktop for Linux Mint (just like most of the Linux Distributions). GNOME(based on GTK+) is flexible and so you can have any look as you want -either Windows or Mac (and of course Linux desktop Look).

Now lets come to our main objective of this post, which is – ” to provide you the windows 7 theme for Linux Mint 10/9 which have GNOME as their desktop”. The structure of the Linux based os is very modular so the theme components can be manipulated without any problem at all.

Here is one snapshot of windows 7 theme on Linux Mint (GNOME version 2.x) —

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Download windows 7 theme for Linux Mint

Get the compress format of the above theme from its official website – download windows 7 theme for Linux Mint.

How to install windows 7 theme on Linux Mint

#1 :  Download the .tar.gz file.

#2 : Right click on the desktop; then move to change theme -> Themes.

#3 : Now drag the theme_file_name.tar.gz and drop it to the windows.

#4 : That’s All ..then a message will be displayed – like New Theme has installed. Sleect the theme you want to use.

NOTE : You can also install themes manually, by copying and extracting the files(.tar.gz) content to the themes(usr/shares/themes) directory, but it is not recommended for beginners; you should use this(manual) method only when ‘drag and drop’ method doesn’t work.

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best Linux Desktop Environment

A number of Linux based operating systems are available with a lot of Desktop Environments. So what is the best Linux desktop environment ? ,well it is not an easy question to answer, but this post might help you in deciding ‘what is best for you?’. It depends on a lot of factors, like – your system’s hardware configuration,nature of task performed,…and of course the personal choice is the dominant factor.

The most popular desktops include – GNOME, KDE, XFCE, and LXDE (Arranged in the decreasing order of popularity). Most of the Linux Distribution uses GNOME as a default desktop e.g Fedora,Ubuntu,Debian,Linux Mint etc. KDE (Initially called as K Desktop Environment) is used by Open Suse ,Kubuntu etc. as default desktop. XFCE and LXDE are light weight and fast desktop environment ; specially useful for users who uses old computer(The computer with fewer resources e.g 256 MB RAM,no graphics card etc).

What is Desktop in Linux.. (based OS) ?

Desktop Environment(DE) , or Desktop is the style of GUI(Graphical User Interface) , runs on the top of operating system; the user interface which allows the users to perform the common tasks like execution of application,modification of OS features etc in a graphical environment. The common actions are click,drag and drop , by which a user control the os. Some of the features are still not available through GUI, in that case CLI(Command Line Interface) is the only choice. Desktop Environment relies on Windows managers,which controls the placement and appearance(or look) of window within a windowing system.

GNOME  : The Best Linux Desktop Environment

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GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment)  is the most popular desktop environment among the Linux users. it is open source and available free for all. it has no dependencies on any proprietary libraries unlike the other popular Desktop KDE ; made entirely on free and open source softwares(FOSS). GNOME is based on  GTK+ , a cross platform widget toolkit, used to create graphical interfaces.

Why GNOME is Best ?

#1 : Simplicity : it is simple to use and explore regardless of whether the user is technical or not.

#2 : Freedom : Gnome is available free and licensed under GNU GPL/LGPL i.e it’s an open source software,so you are allowed to use,modify or distribute the software as you want.

#3 : Appearance and Performance : The appearance of the gnome desktop is very appealing due to the availability of a lot of themes,icons etc. The performance is very high and it can be optimized in multiple ways. There is good balanced between the performance and appearance in Gnome; KDE desktop also have nice appearance but it is very heavy and performance is poor as compared to Gnome.

#4 : Extensibility : The structure of GNOME is very modular, so it is highly extensible i.e a extra features can be added in lot of ways.e.g Instead of the default window manager(Metacity) , compiz can be used to provide some 3D effects in GUI; The default theme (currently the default theme is Clearlooks) can be configured in the way you want. So you can make your Ubuntu look like a Mac OS X or Windows Vista/7/XP just  by installing some extra packages.

#5 : Accessibility : it can be used by anyone regardless of experience or physical circumstances/limitations.

#6 : Support : Along with the built in support(with GNOME), a number of online community and forums are available to explore and troubleshoot the common problems; to help the beginner users.

The latest stable version is Gnome vs 2.32 and the upcoming version – Gnome vs 3.0 will be released in April 2011. The official website of the GNOME is http://www.gnome.org/. Look at the snapshot below – a preview of gnome version 3.0 .

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Update

Gnome 3 or Gnome shell has released with a lot of new exciting features with totally different look and feel, available for Open Suse and Fedora. Ubuntu users can install gnome using PPA although it is very unstable now, but we can expect Gnome 3.0 as a desktop, in next major release of Ubuntu i.e Ubuntu 11.10.

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how to change theme in ubuntu 10.04/10.10

Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/10.10(Maverick Meerkat) has a lot of ‘good looking theme’ installed by default; so you can switch between them whenever you want.So this post will explain you about- how to change themes as well as about how to install new themes on Ubuntu.

Radiance,Ambiance,Clearlooks etc are the themes which is installed by default.Ubuntu uses GNOME as a default desktop,which in turn implies that you can control the look/appearance of Ubuntu as you want,the only limit is your imagination(Kidding Huh!).

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Change Theme in Ubuntu 10.10/10.04

Go to System->Preferences->Appearance and click on theme tab.Another shortcut is – Right click on Desktop then select Change Desktop Background ->Theme.Now select the theme(by left clicking on it) you want to try from the list of available themes.You will notice the change immediately.When you are done just close the window.That’s All.

changing themes on ubuntu 10.10

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Installing New Theme in Ubuntu 10.10/10.04

In appearance window,click on theme -> Install ; locate the theme package and install the new theme in a couple of clicks.You can install new themes by extracting the theme files into user->theme directory.Some times you may need to manually run the theme installer script(install.sh) from the theme file,to install the special themes.e.g macbuntu theme.For more help go here –Install mac theme on ubuntu.If you are searching for new cool themes for ubuntu then here is some selected top 10 ubuntu themes that you must try.

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how to install Mac theme on ubuntu 10.10

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) comes with GNOME as a default desktop(Actually GNOME desktop is used in most of the Linux based distributions).GNOME is a open source,free and fully customizable.

The default look and appearance of Ubuntu 10.10 is very appealing(because there are lot of good looking themes,installed by default e.g Radiance,Ambiance,NewWave,Dust,clearlooks etc) but there is nothing wrong in doing some experiment in customizing it(Since there is no limit on how much we can customize an open source application on an open source operating system;it is fun!).

If you have ever used Mac OS then you probably understands why it is so popular(may be due to its highly appealing look).So won’t it be interesting if we make a Hybrid version of OS by combining the best features of Mac OS X and Ubuntu 10.10 ? Surely Yes!! Okay lets do that.

appearance of Mac OS X  +  performance of Ubuntu 10.10  =  Macbuntu 10.10(it really rocks!)

Let’s take a look on how your Ubuntu will look like,after installing the mac theme – A snapshot of my Ubuntu 10.10 with Mac Theme

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Mac OS X Theme for Ubuntu 10.10

To get the mac appearance on Ubuntu 10.10, you need to download and install the macbuntu-10.10(complete package for transforming the default look of gnome desktop into mac like look and appearance) theme.it is free and will take a couple of minutes.Just follow the steps –

step #1 : Download the Macbuntu-10.10 theme package(Link is given below)

Download Macbuntu-10.10 theme

step #2 : Install the Macbuntu Theme

First,Extract the theme and move on to that directory.Then open terminal ( hit CTRL+ALT+T ) and execute the ‘install.sh’ script(as a normal user i.e without sudo),that you get within the theme package(After Extraction).Just drag the install.sh,and drop it to terminal,then hit enter.

rkjha@rkjha-desktop:~$ '/home/rkjha/Macbuntu-10.10/install.sh'

Then you will have to answer some simple questions during installation ,if you are not sure then select the default(hit Enter or answer y in y/n case).That’s All..you have installed the mac os x theme on Ubuntu 10.10.You may want to restart the system for optimal performance.(although it is not strictly required)

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Windows Vista theme for Ubuntu

Have you just migrated from Windows Platform(specifically Windows Vista) to Ubuntu Platform then you may like to have windows vista like look in Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)/10.04(Lucid Lynx).That’s what this post is all about – a vista theme for GNOME Desktop(Default Desktop of Ubuntu or other Linux Based operating system).

Although Windows Vista is Damn slow and no body wants to use it; but its visual appearance is still appealing,that’s why you want to enjoy vista look on Ubuntu. Here is the snapshot of the vista theme(for gnome desktop) along with the download link.

Theme Name : Nimbus Vistalooks 1.10

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Download Windows Vista theme for your Ubuntu – GNOME Desktop

Download Nimbus Vistalooks Theme