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Ubuntu Themes for Desktop users!


Mac OS X theme for Ubuntu 11.10

Macbuntu was my most favorite theme in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10 but the project (hosted at doesn’t seemed to be active because there has been no release after 10.10, may be because of some major changes in the desktop environment of Ubuntu (started with 11.04 and now it’s completely different – Gnome 3 based distribution). If there will be any macbuntu or similar transformation pack available for Ubuntu 11.10 or Gnome 3 desktop, then I’ll update this post accordingly.

Mac OS X or other products of Apple has one thing in common – Great Design! I do like the look/interface of Mac OS X – it’s pretty damn cool. (although I don’t want to get trapped in App Store) so I was looking for a mac like theme for Ubuntu 11.10 (aka – Oneiric Ocelot). This post is about a GTK 3 theme inspired by the look of Mac OS X.

Adwaita Cupertino Theme


It’s a Mac OS X like theme for Ubuntu 11.10 users (you may try in Linux Mint 12, it should work). The theme is based on Adwaita, and the theme is designed by the user trastes.

Download Adwaita Cupertino Theme

Installing Mac OS X theme in Ubuntu 11.10

After Downloading the theme package, you must download some dependent packages/themes/icons.

Then open a terminal and execute the command to open nautilus in root mode –

gksu nautilus

Then extract the theme file (archive) and copy all the themes directory to usr/share/themes and for icons – usr/share/icons. Then open Gnome Tweak Tool (if you haven’t installed it then first install it from Ubuntu Software Center or hit sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool at terminal) and change the themes, icons etc to get the Mac OS X type Look.

Thanks to @trastes for the great theme (and the snapshots).

zukitwo-theme with Ubuntu

Top 10 GNOME shell themes

I think that – Ubuntu 11.10 is going to rock with Gnome Shell interface (there was some critical compatibility problem with unity desktop, in earlier version). Unity also got a lot of innovative features (so I like it) but I love Gnome 3 (with Gnome Shell). After installing Ubuntu 11.10, install some necessary apps first then you may want to customize the login screen or themes. If you are a regular reader of this blog – then you might have noticed that – I’ve already covered few cool and best collection of Gnome 3 themes – i.e GTK3 and Gnome shell themes but in this article, I’m going to focus on Gnome Shell theme.

I’ve tried a lot of cool and beautiful themes in Ubuntu 11.10 but here is the list of my favorite Top 10 – cool and best gnome shell themes, that you may want to try. All are good looking, Fun and Amazingly great artworks.

Best Gnome Shell Themes

1. Zukitwo

currently, It’s my most favorite Gnome Shell theme on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot, I’m using beta version, stable will be out within few days). It looks great! The theme is available not only as Gnome Shell Theme but also as GTK 3 theme and GTK 2 theme, so even if you are not using Gnome shell or Ubuntu, you can try it in older version of Ubuntu. The theme has been updated frequently and the bugs has been fixed actively to work seamlessly.

zukitwo-theme with Ubuntu

Download Zukitwo Gnome Shell Theme by lassekongo83

2. Atolm

Atolm Gnome Shell theme

Download Atolm Gnome Shell Theme by half-left

3. Slave


Download Slave Gnome Shell Theme by half-left

4. Nord

nord - gnome-shell theme

Download Nord Gnome Shell Theme by 0rax0

5. Metal X


Download Metal X Gnome Shell theme by justviper

6. Elementary Viper Luna

Elementary luna-shell-theme

Download Elementary Viper Luna theme by justviper

 7. Capazul


Download Capazul Gnome Shell theme by plaidcounty

8. Orta

Orta Gnome Shell Theme

Download Orta Gnome Shell Theme

9. Adwaita White

adwaita-White shell-theme

Download Adwaita Gnome Shell Theme by oberon27

10. MinimaZero

MinimaZero Gnome Shell Theme

Download MinimaZero Theme by plaastik

How to install Gnome Shell Themes in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) ?


You can install it either manually (lets go with it) or using ‘gnome shell extension’. First, extract the theme packages and copy the gnome-shell directory to the usr/share/gnome-shell directory. Then rename the ‘theme’ directory to something else – e.g theme_default. Now, rename the gnome-shell directory (you’ve copied) to theme. You’re done. Simply Reload the Gnome Shell Theme either by – press ALT+F2 then type r and hit enter or logging out from the current session will also reload the theme when you will be back.

Update : If you want a Mac like look Try Mac OS X Theme in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Mac OS X Theme for Ubuntu 11.04

Mac OS X has been the most popular operating system, if we consider the look (of course! it’s good looking but not if we think in terms of Performance or Security or Features – Ubuntu is far better!); probably due to its robust – layout, design and typography; and cool charming icons (Mac OS X Leopard Icons). That’s why most of the snapshots you see in Application/software releases, uses Mac OS (with the assumption that the particular Apps/Software is supported with Mac).

On Ubuntu 11.04(Natty Narwhal), if you are using Gnome Desktop then customize it in the same way as you did in Ubuntu 10.10 (Using Macbuntu in Ubuntu 10.10 – Lucid Lynx), but it may vary if you are using Unity Desktop probably due to Unity shell/Interface. But don’t worry Gnome 2.3 themes is also supported with Unity. You just need to download the theme package (*.tar.gz) and drop it on the ‘Appearance -> Themes window’. If the package is properly configured, then it will display a message like – ‘New Theme Installed Successfully’. So in this post, you will learn – how to get mac like look on Ubuntu 11.04‘ i.e transforming Natty Narwhal to Mac using a simple theme.

Performance of 'Ubuntu 11.04' + Appearance of 'Mac OS X' => Great Experience


Installing Mac Theme on Ubuntu 11.04

step #1 : Download the Mac Theme package – named as : ‘Not Mac’.

Download Not Mac Theme for Ubuntu 11.04

step #2 : Now install the downloaded theme using- just Drag and Drop method i.e drag the ‘139967-Not Mac.tar.gz’ theme file, and drop it to ‘Appearance -> Theme window’ to install. You will get a message – like ‘Keep the Current Theme’ or ‘Apply New Theme’, so select second option to try now or you can select it any time from the theme tab under appearance settings.

step #3 : That’s all..enjoy the cool and beautiful look of Mac on Ubuntu, with a lot of Fun!

If you want the Ubuntu 11.04 to look more closer to Mac OS X then better use Gnome 2.3 Desktop (select it at login prompt, it’s already installed by default). Here is another look – of Gnome Desktop with Mac Theme –


Macbuntu Theme

cool Ubuntu themes

Ubuntu(for all versions – 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/10.10(Maverick Meerkat) or the upcoming version 11.04(Natty Narwhal) with classic desktop selected at login menu,because Ubuntu 11.04 uses Unity desktop, by default) uses GNOME Desktop as the default Window Manager.

GNOME is the most popular(of course it’s free and open source) desktop for Linux Distributions, probably due to its(GNOME) flexibility and the desktop components (Themes, Icons, GDM, Window Managers provided by Compiz, Emerald, Metacity etc.) available freely on the Internet (so you can customize the desktop as you want, the Only limit is your Imagination Power).

There are lot of free, Awesome and cool GNOME themes available on the Web, so lets(I change/rotate my theme at least once a week) try something new,something different, because we are Humans, and of course – Linux users, so picky (because we have always a lot of options available for a single task). Since I am listing the themes for gnome desktop so most of the themes will not only work on Ubuntu but also on other Linux Distros,which uses GNOME as their default desktop e.g Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian etc. Finally here is my all time favorite(and great) collection of 10 cool Ubuntu Themes(I assume you are using GNOME Desktop) –

Great collection of 10 Cool Ubuntu Themes

#1 : Macbuntu

cool-Ubuntu-themes1 - macbuntu


Installing Macbuntu is easy but(may be not) if are you an absolute beginner, in that case – the given link may help you in installing macbuntu on Ubuntu 10.10.

#2 : Orta



#3 : Victory(Strikes Again)



#4 : myDesk



#5 : Wolfe



#6 : Equinox Evolution



#7 : HalfLook



#8 : Wildcat



#9 : Simply Basic II



#10 : Mint-X DarkPanel



How to install those cool and great looking themes on Ubuntu

#1 : Download the theme packages, that you want to install(link is given above,below each theme)

#2 : get the *.tar.gz package,if it is compressed in any other format.

#3 : Now move on to –  System->Preferences->Appearance  then Drag the theme package(*.tar.gz) and drop it to theme tab in the Appearance window. That’s All ..

The Themes, I have described above, implies my choice ..what is your favorite Ubuntu Theme ? We would be thankful if you share your experience/choice through Comments.

Ubuntu theme for Windows 7

Ubuntu!, one of the most popular Linux Distribution, has a unique impression among the desktop users specially in terms of look and feel(Actually it has also better performance than other competitive operating systems(Windows 7(win7),Mac etc.) ). The reason is simple – availability of a collection of good looking themes and the customization level(due to GNOME,which is the default desktop(Window Manager)) it supports.

Actually, it is very simple to develop a windows 7 theme for Ubuntu but it’s not an easy task to develop a Ubuntu Theme for Windows 7 users(which will give the windows 7 users a feel/look of Ubuntu; probably in terms of icons,logo,desktop background,windows control buttons etc). So this post is written for a windows 7 user(Of course You!) to provide them a snapshot,an overview of how the ubuntu theme will look on Windows 7; along with the theme (download link) that you need to install.

A snapshot of Ubuntu/GNOME Themes on Windows 7


Download this Ubuntu Theme for Windows 7

Get this theme now!(File Size is 1.6 MB) – Download Ubuntu Theme for Windows 7.

Conclusion : This theme will just give you some visual style/look of Ubuntu, on windows 7.If you really like the look of Ubuntu, then why don’t you try Ubuntu! it is open source and available Free! just give it a try(you can install both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10(latest stable version) as dual boot).