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best gnome desktop themes

best gnome desktop themes

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.
best gnome desktop 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/..)

gnome desktop themes : ambiance

Ambiance :
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.

gnome desktop theme - ubuntustudio

UbuntuStudio :
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.

best gnome desktop themes

Elementary :
A great theme with lot of options to customize as you want…available in synaptic package repository..
best gnome desktop themes

Dust Sand
:
By name itself it’s clear that what type of theme this is..This is also available in spm.


FreshMint
:
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 :

  • Sorbet
  • Glider
  • NewWave
  • Turrican
  • SphereCrystal
  • Radiance
  • HumanME
  • Impression
install emerald themes in ubuntu 10.04

emerald themes for ubuntu 10.04

First you need to install the emerald theme manager in Ubuntu 10.04.After installing emerald theme manager you can install themes(which is available free and available for download) for different windows effect from the given download links-

Download Emerald themes

download Link1
download Link2

install emerald themes in ubuntu 10.04

How to Install Emerald Themes in Ubuntu 10.04

#1. Open emerald theme manager from System->Preferences->Emerald Theme Manager.

#2. Now click on import and browse to the directory where you have saved the themes(download link is given above) and click on Open.

#3. Then select the Theme and  change the windows effects.(If emerald is not running then run emerald –replace command in ubuntu terminal).

install gyachi-yahoo client for linux |ubuntu 10.04

how to install gyachi on ubuntu 10.04(Lucid)

Gyachi for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx
Gyachi application is a fork from Gyach Enhanced yahoo Client for Linux based operating system.Gyachi is based on yahoo instant messenger protocol.Gyachi’s user interface is based on GTK+ version-2 and it’s aim is to provide all the features that is available in windows yahoo messenger client.It has a lot of features like Voice-chat,nicknames,webcams,avatars,images and many more.

install gyachi-yahoo client for linux |ubuntu 10.04

install Gyachi in ubuntu 9.10/10.04/10.10

On Ubuntu 10.04 you can either install it from Synaptic Package Manager  after adding the Package address or from command line.Here both the methods are explained choose whatever you like.

Installing Gyachi from Synaptic Package Manager
1. Open Synaptic Package Manager and enter the login password(If asks).

2. Then click on Settings->Repositories->Other Software.

3. Next,click on +Add and enter the following value in box which says APT line
ppa:baudm
Then,click on +Add Source.

install gyachi from synaptic package manager

4. Next,close the current window and click on Reload button in Synaptic Package Manager.

5. Now,search for gyachi in quick search bar of synaptic package manager;Mark the box for installation(Select the dependencies by clicking on ok if necessary) and click on Apply to install gyachi.Installation will complete within a minute.

Installing Gyachi from Command Line
1. open terminal from Applications->Accessories->Terminal or hit CTRL+ALT+T.

Then Type the following command –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:baudm

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gyachi

Using Gyachi in Ubuntu 10.04
Open Gyachi – improved from Applications->Internet->GYachE Improved.

How to install GNOME Desktop in Kubuntu 10.04

Kubuntu 10.04 is nothing but the combination of Ubuntu 10.04 and KDE desktop.So application programs or software packages that are installed bydefault is based on kde desktop package.But all other internal structure except some default applications and desktop,kubuntu 10.04 and ubuntu are same.So if you are using kde then you can also install gnome desktop on your computer along with the kde desktop in parallel.Not only desktop you can also use GNOME applications like Gedit(Gnome desktop text editor) or Nautilus(File browser) although KDE has already its own text editor Kwrite and file manager Dolphin.Although KDE is little slower than GNOME desktop but its look is little more pleasant and eye friendly than other desktop such as GNOME or XFCE.

Install Gnome in kubuntu 10.04

Installing GNOME on Kubuntu 10.04
#1.Go to Synaptic Package Manager(If you haven’t install the synaptic package Manager then first install it by using the command – sudo aptitude –without-recommends install synaptic in the terminal/shell) and Search for GNOME.Gnome version 2.30 is the latest stable version and you can install it.First check the box for installation and then click on apply changes to begin the download and installation process.
#2.Now this is the time to wait until the download completes and then installation will begin automatically.It may take few minutes to complete the installation process.
#3.Now you should logout(or restart the computer if it asks) from the current session and at the Kubuntu 10.04 login prompt choose Desktop session as GNOME.Select your user account and Enter your password.
#4.Now you will logged in to GNOME desktop session…Enjoy GNOME!

I hope you have installed the GNOME desktop on your Kubuntu 10.04 successfully ..if any problem occurs let me know through comments…

3D Desktop Effects in Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Code Named as Lucid Lynx) is gaining popularity very rapidly and now it is probably the best linux distro that focuses on desktop experience.When we talk about desktop experience then it can’t be completed without describing about the advanced 3D desktop effect that can be achieved by using some software and hardware(Graphics Card).

So this post is going to explore some cool and pleasant desktop effects which can be enabled in ubuntu 10.04 very easily(So I assume that you have already a good graphics card for enjoying all the 3D effects if no then it is recommended to buy one, If you want some simple effects then a simple 84 or 86 series of Nvidia Graphics Card(with Asus or any other chipset) will be sufficient, on the other hand if want to play some heavy games then better buy a good one(it also depends on your computer configuration)).

cool desktop effects for ubuntu

Compiz : For Cool Desktop Effect in Ubuntu 10.04

3D Desktop effects are done on any linux platform(Here Ubuntu 10.04) by using a software – Compiz window manager in the supported desktop environment.So Compiz is extensively used to produce cool and impressive effect in the windowing environment by using the graphics card’s processing power.You can also add some more functionality to the Compiz with the help of plugins.

ccsm : Ubuntu 10.04

How to Install Compiz in Ubuntu 10.04

In the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS,Compiz is installed by default otherwise go to Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager) and search for Compiz and click to install.

Installing Compiz-Config-Settings-Manager in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Ubuntu 10.04 users have to install only one supporting software CCSM(CompizConfig-settings-Manager) from the Synaptic Manager,for controlling(Enable and Disable) the desktop effect .After checking the box for installation click on apply changes to install it.Now you are ready to enjoy cool 3d desktop effects.First go to ccsm(System->Preferences->CompizConfig-Setting-Manager) and now you are able to enjoy.Select the features and effects you want(By checking the box).Adjust the settings according to your desktop environment either GNOME or KDE.There are so many options click and try..do some experiment on them then you will know better about the effects and it  will surely help you in learning more about some funny and cool effects.That’s all.

Emerald for cool windows effects

3D effects can be increased by installing emerald on ubuntu 10.04.