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Top 10 Gnome Themes for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) uses Unity as the default desktop, developed on the top Gnome 3. So if you’re using Unity or Gnome Shell interface with Ubuntu 12.04, you can try these cool GTK 3 themes – to have more fun in desktop experience with Ubuntu or any other GNU/Linux distributions that uses Gnome 3 (e.g Linux Mint, Fedora etc).

Most of these themes are based on the users ratings and popularity (no_of_downloads) at gnome-look.org or deviantART, download link (to theme page) is there – below each theme.

#1. Zukitwo

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Download Zukitwo Theme

#2. MediterraneanNight

mediterraneanNight Theme

Download it

#3. Gray Day

grayday-theme

Download Gray Day Theme

#4. Adwaita Cupertino

adwaita-cupertino-theme

Download Adwaita Cupertino

#5. Elegant Brit

elegant-brit Theme

Download

#6. Orion

orion-theme

Download This Theme

#7. OMG Suite

omg-suite-theme

Download it

#8. Malys

malys-theme

Download it

#9. Hope

hope-theme

Download

#10. A new Start

a-new-start-theme

Download this theme

Enjoy :)

Thanks to the theme developers for their awesome themes and screenshots.

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How to Install GNOME Themes in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS uses Unity as the default Desktop Environment, which is based on Gnome 3. So Gnome 3 themes (window themes + GTK themes) works well in Unity as well as Gnome shell environment. You can manage themes in both environment using Gnome shell (of course some options will not be useful in Unity but there is a dedicated application for Unity Desktop – MyUnity).

The tutorial explains installing WIndow/GTK themes as well as about icon themes (although some icons/themes are available via PPA).

Installing Gnome 3 Themes in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

#1. Download && Extract the theme packages you want to install.

Download Zukitwo Theme

Then extract the archive and select the theme directories. such as Zukito, Zukito-Dark etc.

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#2. Move the selected theme directories to ~/.themes directory.

#3. Then start the Gnome Tweak Tool or MyUnity Application. If you haven’t install any of theme (Learn more about the Ubuntu 12.04 Tweaking Tools) – then execute –

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sudo apt-get install myunity

or install Gnome Tweak Tool or Advanced Gnome Settings (if you prefer Gnome Shell) utility –

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

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Now, the select the theme – windows + GTK theme – Zukito or whatever theme you are installing – should be listed there. It will instantly update the theme.

Installing Gnome 3 Icons Themes in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

If you want to install Faenza or Faience Theme then the best way to install – is to install it from the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

Installing Other Icon Themes (not available through PPA)

Just like Gnome 3 themes, First Download the icon theme (Faenza Cupertino Icon Theme) – Then copy the icon directory (extracted) to ~/.icons and select the icon theme from MyUnity or Gnome Tweak Tool.

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How to install Mac OS X Lion Theme in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

In earlier versions of Ubuntu, actually up to 10.10, a Mac OS X transformation pack was available for Ubuntu users (based on GTK 2.*) but now the Ubuntu 11.10 (the latest stable version) or 12.04 LTS (only alpha versions are available right now) as well as other Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint, are based on GTK 3 – so the transformation pack doesn’t work anymore. Both of the desktop – Unity (The default interface in 11.10) and Gnome 3 shell are quite popular. I’ve already covered a post about getting a Mac like look in Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome shell desktop so this article is about Unity desktop.

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If you want to make Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 look like Mac OS X Lion, then you need to install few basic things –

  1. GTK Theme
  2. Icon Theme
  3. Cursor Theme
  4. Gnome Tweak Tool (To manage themes)
  5. A dock application (Docky or Cairo Dock)

A cool snapshot – exploring Cairo Dock effects (using OpenGL, although you may choose to ‘no OpenGL’ version of Cairo Dock if the graphics performance of your computer is poor), of  my desktop after install above stuffs :

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Installing Mac Theme by ‘MBoss’ Packages

First of all – download the theme package (it contains theme, icons and cursors) and extract it to appropriate locations as specified –

1. Download Mac OS X GTK Theme package and extract it to ~/.themes

2. Download the Mac OS X Icon theme and extract it to ~/.icons       (create that directory if it doesn’t exist)

3. Download Mac OS X Cursor Icon theme and extract it to /usr/share/icons

For extracting cursor icons to usr/share/icons location, you need root access while browsing with nautilus

gksu nautilus

and finally you may need to change the permission settings to make it accessible also by a non root user. (By default it may be assigned root permission only).

Change Directory Permissions

Install Docky or Cairo

If you like Docky then install it from Ubuntu Software Center or execute (as it’s there in repository by default) –

sudo apt-get install docky

On the other hand – if you want to try Cairo Dock (as seen in screenshot) then execute these commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

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Gnome Tweak Tool is very handy for changing themes or tweaking other settings of Desktop so If you haven’t already installed it Gnome Tweak Tool then install it by executing the command –

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

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Now, open Gnome Tweak Tool and select Mac_OS_X_Lion_Theme  – as indicated in above snapshot. Then, start Cairo Dock or Docky whatever you have installed. That’s all I hope you are enjoying the cool look of Mac on your Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 computer. Have Fun :) – let me know if any problem occurs.

Besides Gnome Tweak Tool, you could also use ‘Ubuntu Tweak‘ – a small application to tweak/customize desktop in easy way.

ubuntu Tweak

To install Ubuntu Tweak, execute the following commands –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Thanks to MBOSSG for his art work – i.e Mac OS X Theme, icons and cursor themes.

 

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5 Gnome Shell Themes you Must Try on Ubuntu 11.10

The users who are using Ubuntu 11.10 or any other Linux based operating systems such as Linux Mint, Fedora etc which uses Gnome 3 /shell interface and are quite interested in a cool looking funky desktop – may want to try these Gnome Shell Themes. Now a days – Linux based desktops are preferred, not just by cool geeks (who may love to work with Terminal/Shell) but also by beginners (probably – they’ve just migrated from Windows) who want to work in cool looking GUI. The gnome shell themes described in this post will work not only with Ubuntu 11.10 but also with other Linux distributions which is based on Gnome 3/shell interface, e.g Linux Mint 12, Fedora, OpenSuse etc.

Top 5 Awesome Gnome Shell Themes

1. Ambiance Blue

ambiance-blue-theme

Download it

2. Faience

faience Theme

Download this theme

3. Adwaita White

adwaita-white

Download it

4. Nord

nord-theme

Download 

5. Minima Zero

minima-zero

Download

Use Gnome Tweak Tool to change or install themes although you can do it manually but it will make the task a lot easier. If you don’t know how to install these Gnome shell themes then first read this – installing Gnome Shell Themes (although the article explains using Linux Mint 12 but it works well with other Distro too) and come back to the super cool collection of fantastic themes. :)

Thanks to the Theme Developers (satya164, tiheum, oberon27, 0rAX0, plaastik) for their Amazing creation!

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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/