Ubuntu–Mold Your Desktop

Thursday, May 26, 2011

68796_450988648591_6723083591_5186612_3623750_n[1]Ubuntu is one of many Linux distributions that are available for download for free and can be easily customized to suit the looks and functionality that is needed from it. While Ubuntu hasn’t fully been covered on this site, news about it will become more frequent and Linux fans can add information. Whether it be mods that you find cool or desktop displays like the one that will be shown in this article.

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Sam Hewitt posted this look on Ubuntu’s Facebook page. It essentially looks similar to a Mac. It has the dock, the simplified top bar, the icons. It is similar to the look of a Mac.

The Dock

To set it up, install Avant Window Navigator (AWN) from the Software Center. This will give the dock.

The Icons

The icons can be added by downloading the Faenza icon theme pack. The latest one is version 0.9.2 and is packed in the standard tar.gz compressed file format. Click here to Start the Download.

Once the file has been downloaded, extract it and run the ./Install script to choose the distribution logo and Gnome menu icon. If you run it as root, the icon sets will be copied to /usr/share/icons. To reverse the new icons and restore things back to the way they were, run ./Uninstall.

Next, launch the PPA repository, open a terminal, type the following in the terminal and hit enter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox

Then, type the following line in the terminal and hit enter

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

The New Desktop Background

You can get the desktop picture by right-clicking and saving the picture here, or by clicking on the picture.

The New File Browser

Next comes the new file browser. To get the Mac style file browser, install Nautilus Elementary. To do so, it is just a simple trip to the terminal away. In the terminal, type the block of code below and hit enter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

nautilus –q

This is how the new file browser will look like.

Nautilus Elementary Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

By Hitting F7, the embedded terminal will be activated.

Nautilus Elementary Embedded Terminal

To activate the Integrated Clutter View, hit F4.

If the menu bar still appears, go to the tool bar, right click on a blank spot and have the following checked and unchecked.


Main Toolbar

Side Pane

Status Bar


Menu bar

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