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Folium – A clean and responsive HTML5 template for portfolio

Folium is a HTML5 template built using Twitter Bootstrap especially for freelance developers/photographers who needs a portfolio website to showcase their work.

It’s a one page responsive template, It has simple and clean design, it’s built using Bootstrap 3.0 (The most popular frontend framework), jQuery etc. Although, it has some nice features and visual effects but it’s still lightweight and fast.

Folium portfolio template

folium template

It’s a premium template available for download, with multiple licenses such as Standard (recommended for quick use), Pro (if you want finer control over the theme design, you also get sass/coffeescript files), Pro Multiple (All pro features plus you can use it for as many sites as you want, including your clients).

So if you’re looking for a modern and flat cool theme for your portfolio site you must check it out.

Here is one screenshot of landing page : (checkout the demo link below)

folium template

Folium – HTML5 Portfolio Template


Mac OS X Theme for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) got Ambiance Theme is default – and for any reason if you’re not satisfied and want to try some thing new then this post will certainly help you in that.

There are lot of popular Windows/GTK themes and icon themes for Ubuntu 12.04 – you can also checkout this – Top 10 collection of Gnome 3 themes but this post is all about a free Gnome 3 theme – that mimics the look and layout of Mac OS X.

appearance_of_mac + performance_of_ubuntu => great_experience! :)

So, the look of mac, on Ubuntu seems to be a good deal. In early version of Ubuntu, macbuntu was great (but it has not been updated for a while) but it doesn’t support the ubuntu greater than 10.10. It was a a complete transformation pack, not just some icons and themes. Adwaita Cupertino – is a great theme, that will give you a Mac like look on Ubuntu 12.04. It has two versions – one for Mac Leopard while other one for Lion. You can use it on Gnome Shell or Unity.

Adwaita Cupertino Theme – Mac OS X Theme for Ubuntu 12.04


Thanks to trastes for the great work!

Change Gnome themes

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.

installing Gnome themes

#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 –


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

Change Gnome themes

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.

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.






Gnome shell Themes for Linux Mint

How to install Gnome shell themes in Linux Mint 12

Linux Mint 12 has released, with some innovative features – in fact it has integrated the features of Gnome Shell with Gnome 2 through the help of some cool gnome shell extensions. The overall performance and look is great – see the a recent review about Linux Mint 12, making it a perfect desktop for new Linux users.

In this post, you’re going to learn – how to install cool gnome shell themes on a freshly installed Linux Mint 12 (although instruction will also work on Ubuntu 11.10, but first you will have to install Gnome Tweak Tool, as it is not installed in Ubuntu 11.10, by default (Unlike Linux Mint 12) ).

gnome-shell-mac mint

First Get some cool Gnome Shell Themes

Download some cool Gnome shell themes then follow the instruction to install cool new themes. The default Linux Mint theme (GTK) looks very similar to Zukito, so you may try installing cool GTK3 themes but in this post we will stick Gnome shell themes, and the one more thing – you can manage theme manually but we will use Gnome Tweak Tool (Advanced Settings for Gnome Desktop), as it makes theme management a lot easier and fun.

Installing Gnome Shell Themes


#1. Open Gnome Tweak Tool (Advanced Settings from Menu or just search it).

#2. Then, Go to Theme -> Shell Theme and install new themes in a couple of click.

Installing Gnome shell theme
locating-theme package


#3. After install new themes, you can select it from Shell Theme Menu. If the changes doesn’t appear instantly then hit Alt+F2  and type r (and press Enter to reload the shell theme).


#4. That’s all. Alternatively, you can also themes from PPA e.g Elementary Gnome shell themes can be installed in few simple commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ferramroberto/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elementary

Have Fun! with Cool Mint :)