If you are a beginner Ubuntu User then you should know that Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or any other version of Ubuntu uses GNOME as Default Desktop,but if you want to install KDE on Ubuntu 10.10,then it’s very simple because all the Linux based systems are perfectly modular.In general I like GNOME much as compare to other Desktops like KDE,LXDE,XFCE…. but it’s totally personal experience if you want KDE desktop in Ubuntu then just follow the simple steps given below.Many Ubuntu users agree on this point that KDE has better look as compare to other desktop.If you are a KDE Fan then there is one more point – A dedicated version of KDE+Ubuntu 10.10 = Kubuntu 10.10 is also available.
Installing KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 10.10
KDE can be installed in many ways but the best method is to install it from Synaptic package Manager.Before installing KDE you should select the package i.e Standard,Minimal or Full,because KDE desktop also contains KDE based applications.So choose the package you need.Then mark the left box in synaptic package manager and click on Apply to Begin installation.Depending on your internet bandwidth it wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to finish the installation procedures.If you are still not sure about the above steps then go here step wise instruction for KDE installation.
Login in to KDE Desktop Session
Logout from the current login session.At the login prompt choose your username,enter password and select Desktop as KDE at the bottom Right Menu.Then login as usual..Then you will be able to enjoy Ubuntu 10.10 with KDE.
Ubuntu 10.04-Lucid Lynx uses GNOME as Default Desktop.GNOME desktop is used by most of the Linux distros,it has lot of options,themes and features.You can customize it up to the level you want.In this post you will learn about installing Mac OSX theme on Ubuntu 10.04.For Ubuntu you can use Macbuntu which is Mac OS X transformation Pack pack specifically designed for Ubuntu.This Package contains all the system components to mimic Mac OS X appearance on Ubuntu 10.04.
Installing Mac Theme on Ubuntu 10.04
#1. Download Mac Theme Package ‘Macbuntu’ from the link given below.
Download Macubuntu Package
#2. Extract the archive,it will create a Macbuntu-10.04 directory.
#3. Go to Macbuntu-10.04 directory,open terminal(CTRL+ALT+T) and run the ‘install.sh’ file(it’s a bash script) as regular user.The simple way is to “Drag the install.sh file and Drop it to Terminal,then press Enter”.Then follow some simple instructions.
#4. That’s All…Now you can enjoy Mac OS X Theme on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.
This post will explain you about changing login screen in ubuntu 10.04 by using some tools.In older versions of Ubuntu you could use change the background image and fonts from Appearance settings but in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx there is no options available there.So we will control the login screen by using an extra utility – Ubuntu Tweak.
Changing Login Screen in Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx) – By Using Ubuntu Tweak
step1 : Install Ubuntu Tweak
Go to the link(given below) if you haven’t already installed ubuntu tweak and come back again to this post after completing that.
installing UbuntuTweak on Ubuntu 10.04
step2 : Open Ubuntu Tweak(Applications->System Tools).
step3 : Click on Login Settings(Under Startup section) and enter the ubuntu login password to unlock(Just like other authentication ..for security reasons).
step4 : Then change the settings by checking on the appropriate boxes OR selecting custom background images and logo under login theme..and restart(or just logout)your computer to see the changes at login screen.
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Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/9.10 users or any other Linux based OS users which uses GNOME desktop as windows manager can install windows 7 themes pack or Win2-7 Pack for windows 7 look on your ubuntu(10.04 or older versions).Win2-7 pack 5.7.2 is the latest version available now!(See below for download link).The purpose of this win2-7 pack is to provide simple,efficient,user friendly and easily customizable windows 7 transformation pack for the gnome desktop.
It’s available free(Scroll Down.. for download link) and installation/uninstallation is easy but it’s recommended to make a backup before implementing windows 7 Aero themes/pack on Ubuntu 10.04.Currently win2-7 pack is available in three languages – English,French and Spanish.
Download Windows 7 Theme – Transformation pack(45MB)
After downloading the windows 7 theme – transformation pack,extract the archive file and run the installer script(Don’t forget to backup all your data on Ubuntu 10.04).That’s all ….feel and enjoy windows 7 look in Ubuntu 10.04.
If you are Using Linux based operating system then it’s not a good idea to stick with a particular application or theme or anything… due to the variety available in each type..just try and enjoy new && different..FUN.. specially when it comes to design and look!Gnome Desktop is the most popular window manager application in the Gnu-Linux operating system;that’s why most of the linux distribution use gnome as default desktop e.g Ubuntu,Fedora,Debian..I am using Ubuntu 10.04 and I have used most of the popular Gnome Themes(Installed from System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager),this post is aimed to introduce you with some of the great Gnome Themes.
ClearLooks : An efficient and fast theme based on GTK+ and is used as default GNOME desktop theme in some linux distros.You can install it from the package manager(SPM in Ubuntu 10.04/9.10/..)
The default theme in latest release of Ubuntu(In Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx)..installed by default on ubuntu;if no then install it from package manager.
This is actually made for UbuntuStudio(Special Edition of Ubuntu ..by mixing some sound and video applications in better way to make a dedicated os for designers and for other studio works..) .Available in corresponding Package Manager application.
A great theme with lot of options to customize as you want…available in synaptic package repository..
Dust Sand :
By name itself it’s clear that what type of theme this is..This is also available in spm.
It gives you the feel of Linux Mint …the green color GTK+ based charming theme!!
Other GNOME Desktop themes that you may want to try :