This post is written for those who used to be a Windows XP user, but now enjoying Ubuntu and want to have windows xp like look on Ubuntu 10.10/10.04.Ubuntu has lot of good looking/charming themes by default,it’s very flexible and far better than windows XP theme(in every aspect – look,style,options and speed),but ‘just for fun!’ you may want to try windows themes on GNOME desktop(which is the default desktop for Ubuntu(probably up to version 10.10,because 11.04 might be packed with Unity desktop)).Here I have given the snapshot and download link for one of my favorite windows xp theme –
Theme Name : NotXP
Download Windows XP Theme for Ubuntu
Download NotXP theme
After installing Ubuntu 10.10 or it’s previous version 10.04 LTS, did you notice the windows button layout? It’s there in upper left corner(not in right,as expected) but most of the people who have any experience with windows based operating would like to have in upper right corner.Some users use windows and ubuntu in dual boot so if they are using both windows and ubuntu,then also they need to have windows buttons in right corner.So this post will explain you how to move the windows buttons to right in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat /10.04 Lucid Lynx.This can be easily done by editing the preferences in GNOME configuration Editor(gconf-editor).
How to Move Windows buttons to Right
#1 : Hit ALT+F2 to open the Run Apps Dialog then enter ‘gconf-editor’ in text entry box and click on run button.
#2 : Click on Apps –> Metacity –> General and select Button_Layout Field.
#3 : Then double click on value field to edit.The Default setting has the value
Then change it to something like this(and hit Enter to save)
you can alter the arrangement of maximize,minimize or close according to your need.So after changing the value field it will look something like this,
The buttons position will change immediately,when you will hit enter.That’s all …I hope you got your windows buttons back in Right.
What is your Opinion about the look and feel of Ubuntu 10.10 ?? I would appreciate if you will express your opinion through comments.
Gyachi(GyachE Improved) is nothing but a yahoo(messenger) client for Linux based operating system e.g Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat).It’s free and open source equivalent of yahoo messenger.It has all the features that you expect,like voice chat,avatars,nicknames,webcams.Gyachi’s GUI is developed using GTK(GNU Tool Kit),so gtk 2.0.6 or better is required.
Installing GyachI on Ubuntu 10.10
Installation of Gyachi on Ubuntu 10.10,can be divided in two parts one installation of dependencies/libraries and second the gyachi data && application.The detail explanation is given below –
step #1 : Install libgtkhtml 2-0
gtkHTML is a lightweight engine to render,print and edit HTML; Gyachi need this libraries to be installed so first download *.deb packages from here http://packages.debian.org/lenny/i386/libgtkhtml2-0/download and open with software center to install.
step #2 : Install GyachI
Now,you can download gyachi packages(first two packages is necessary) from this link https://launchpad.net/~loell/+archive/ppa/+build/1806226 and open with software center;click on install button..and wait for the installation to complete.
To access Gyachi go to Applications –> Internet –> GyachE Improved and enter your yahoo account details to begin.
That’s All…I hope you are enjoying Gyachi on Ubuntu 10.10,let me now through comment in case of any problem.
Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Screenshot
Ubuntu 10.10 final was released on October 10,2010.Here is the look of Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop(Ubuntu uses GNOME as Window Manager).
The Extra Applications used here are Docky,Compiz ; the wallpapers/background/Themes used in this screenshot was installed by default.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or any Linux Based Operating System which uses GNOME or KDE as Desktop can enable funky 3D effects in a couple of clicks.So this post will eventually lead to the explanation of 3D effects on Ubuntu 10.10.To generate some elegant 3D effects ‘Compiz’ is used.Compiz is a compositing manager or in other words compiz enhances the overall user interaction by adding some fancy effects to your windows e.g Desktop Cube or Expo view.The other important point is that this will run with almost any hardware configuration.
On Ubuntu 10.10,compiz is partially installed only few components needed to be installed in order to work everything properly.Compiz Configure Settings Manager(CCSM) is specifically required to configure and manage the 3d effects.You can install it either from Command Line or from Synaptic Package Manager.
From Command Line
Open the terminal and Type the following command in the terminal followed by your ubuntu login password.
sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager
That’s All ..you are done!
From Synaptic Package Manager
Search for ‘ccsm’ or ‘compiz’ in the quick search bar of Synaptic Package Manager.Then Mark the packages you Required and click on ok if it asks for dependencies.Next,click on Apply button to begin the installation procedure….and wait until the installation step is finished.
Configuring Compiz for 3D Effects
After installing compiz and it’s other components like setting manager you need to configure it i.e you have to select which features you want or not if yes then how…..Rest of thing is self explanatory just move to System->Preferences->CompizConfig-Setting-Manager and change the settings as you like ..in a couple of clicks.I think you are enjoying funky 3D effects …still confused ..see here 3D Effects in Ubuntu.