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Macbuntu Theme

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 –




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.


Special Recommendation :

Mac OS X Themes for Ubuntu, to get the cool look of Mac on Ubuntu.







best themes for ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Ubuntu 11.04 (or code name : Natty Narwhal simply : Natty) or its previous version 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) has shipped with a great collection of good looking themes but I can’t say that – those are the best. It depends on your choice and flavor; enjoy the flexibility of Ubuntu or other Linux Distribution; I mean you can customize the look and feel as you want – a lot of options are waiting there for you (right click on desktop select themes -> customize and begin!).

This post will give an overview of some of the best themes for Unity desktop (Ubuntu 11.04 users) as well as for Gnome desktop (for Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04 users). All the cool and great themes I’ll talk about, are totally free of cost,so just download it and try. I change my desktop theme often, mostly –  twice in a week. If you do like to try new things and want to give a new look to your ubuntu desktop them you may like to install some of my favorite top 10 collection of ubuntu themes (it doesn’t include unity or Gnome 3.0 themes). Finally, here is few (more precisely it’s 10) cool, beautiful and best Ubuntu themes that I like most –

10 Best Gnome Themes for Ubuntu

#1 : Elementary Lion


Download Elementary Lion Theme

#2 : Gotchione Theme

gotchione theme for ubuntu

Download gotchione theme

#3 : Victory Theme

victory-theme for ubuntu
Download Victory Theme

#4 : Equinox Evolution Theme


Download Equinox theme

#5 : Aero Clone

aero-clone for ubuntu

Download Aero Clone

#6 : Mac OSX Tiger Theme


Download osx tiger theme

#7 : Elegant Brit Theme


Download Elegant Brit Theme

#8 : Good Choice Theme


Download good choice theme

#9 : gekosMac Theme


Download gekosMac Theme

#10 : Mint X Metal Dark


Download Mint X Metal Dark Theme


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 –


change themes in ubuntu

how to change theme in ubuntu 10.04/10.10

Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/10.10(Maverick Meerkat) has a lot of ‘good looking theme’ installed by default; so you can switch between them whenever you want.So this post will explain you about- how to change themes as well as about how to install new themes on Ubuntu.

Radiance,Ambiance,Clearlooks etc are the themes which is installed by default.Ubuntu uses GNOME as a default desktop,which in turn implies that you can control the look/appearance of Ubuntu as you want,the only limit is your imagination(Kidding Huh!).

change themes in ubuntu

Change Theme in Ubuntu 10.10/10.04

Go to System->Preferences->Appearance and click on theme tab.Another shortcut is – Right click on Desktop then select Change Desktop Background ->Theme.Now select the theme(by left clicking on it) you want to try from the list of available themes.You will notice the change immediately.When you are done just close the window.That’s All.

changing themes on ubuntu 10.10


Installing New Theme in Ubuntu 10.10/10.04

In appearance window,click on theme -> Install ; locate the theme package and install the new theme in a couple of clicks.You can install new themes by extracting the theme files into user->theme directory.Some times you may need to manually run the theme installer script(install.sh) from the theme file,to install the special themes.e.g macbuntu theme.For more help go here –Install mac theme on ubuntu.If you are searching for new cool themes for ubuntu then here is some selected top 10 ubuntu themes that you must try.