Ubuntu Customization Guide v2

Ubuntu Customization Guide v2

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Changes are part of Nature so as with Technology.. Though this cannot be True for Windows and Mac cause the life cycle of a single Version is too much which is not the case with Linux.. Open Source evolve at very rapid rate and with evolution comes new & special changes … Today with a hike in Linux acceptance its pretty hard for competitors to provide similar solutions at free of cost. Open Source is known for User Interaction with Operating System which cannot be done with other OS. Linux user can customize, create, edit, add files according to his/her taste..and customization is the part where Linux is one step ahead of every OS.. You need not to search for poorly written Customization Packs.. What you need is just follow the guide and pimp up your desktop as you like. .. The guide will focus on a particular area but you can customize your desktop using the way mentioned and adding your own idea…
With Gusty Gibbon packed with latest tools and great support couple with new gGun Gnome 2.20, I was adamant to write another Customization Guide..Since M$ launched Vista and Apple launched Leopard quite a while ago so I’ll let you know how to customize your Ubuntu to Vista and Leopard.. Added with few new Customization that I used it…
I have tried to kept the guide as simple as I can so that even a newbie can understand how to make changes.There are few major changes in Ubuntu Themes and Icon Control Panel so please read carefully so that you can get everything..


Points to Ponder

This guide will let you pimp you Ubuntu latest Gusty Gibbon i.e Ubuntu 7.10 . If you don’t know how to get Ubuntu the head towards Ubuntu download and download a copy today which suits best your system.. There you will will be prompted to choose location and system type. After downloading, burn the image and boot through it and Install Ubuntu in 6 easy steps…

“The themes icon set , wallpaper ,desklets, fonts ,sounds
used while customization the Operating System are ® to their
respective owner. Copying, editing and use of those
application are free and can be distributed without
the owner permission.”

Though I had used few Icon Links and themes , but this does not meant that your are confined to those only .. You can always use your own choice themes and icons from Gnome-Look.org..

Note: Though this guide has been made to customize Ubuntu Gusty Gibbon but this can be used to Customize other OS which comes with Gnome 2.20 installed/optional..Though installation of particular software can be different.
So hold your breath and go through the complex customization made easy..

Installation / How To

Installation of the themes, icons, cursors have totally changed. Now the previous theme/icon control panel, Cursor Control panel has been merged into a single CP i.e Appearance Wizard .. This is available with new Gnome 2.20 .. The Appearance wizard lets you configure your theme,icon , cursor, metacity/gtk windows border, color if supported by theme.. Apart from that you can add wallpaper, change fonts, change Menu/Tool bar Interface, and select the Visual Style i.e Desktop with 3d Effects or without it..
Installation in Gnome 2.20 is very easy as compared to previous version so lets take a look on how to install themes, icon cursor and other customization stuffs..

Installing Theme/Icons/Cursor:- To install theme,icon or cursor just follow the give steps..There are mainly 2 methods of installing a GTK2.x themes,icons and cursor ….So lets take a quick look on both of the process.

1’st Installation Process:-

  • Download the theme/icon/cursor from given Source.. and Save it to Desktop..
  • Note that the theme or other pack must have following extension .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 .
  • If the theme did not come with the following extension you have to convert it into it… To do this open the Theme Archive by double clicking it.
  • Now Unzip the the archive only if has other extension the the mentioned above and Unzip it.. Place the Unzipped Folder to Desktop..
  • Note in case the theme comes in .rar pack then you cannot unzip it since default Ubuntu Archiver did not support .rar extraction .. To make your archiver able to do this open Terminal and type the following commands , make sure all the options .Under Software Sources are checked else it will not install via following command..

    sudo apt-get install unrar

  • After you unzipped the non .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 archive.. Right click the Folder the is being Unzipped. and select Create Archive option.. Under this select .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 .

  • After you successfully created the desired archive Open Appearance by Right Clicking on empty Space and selecting Change Desktop background or navigate to System -> Preferences -> Appearance.
  • After that drag a Windows will open with several tabs.. navigate to Themes Tag. After the navigation drag the .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 archive in the Themes tab Windows.
  • The installation of themes/icons and Cursor will be finished and you willl be prompted to Apply the New Installed theme or Keep System with default/presently set theme.
  • You can always select and mix theme/icon and cursor by pressing Customize tab in the Themes option. Navigate to Controls, Windows Border , Icons and cursor to set your choice theme…

2’nd Installation Process:-

  • The second Installation process is simple too.. Download the Icon/Theme/Cursor from give source ..
  • The unzip the Archive … Save the folder to Desktop.
  • Now Paste the folder in these locations.
  1. Themes : – ~/.themes
  2. Icons : – ~/.icons
  3. Cursor :- ~/.icons
  • ~/ refers to /home/<User Name>.. You cannot view extra content of your Home Folder..
  • To view all the contents Point towards View option in the 1’st toolbar and select “Show Hidden Files” or press Ctrl+H.
  • The Icon/Theme and Cursor option now can be seen under Theme Tab of Appearances.

Miscellaneous Installation : - This Installation Guide is based on Installation of different customization packs like GDM theme, Splash themes , Sounds , Fonts etc….

Log In/ GDM Theme Installation : – Installation of GDM theme is very easy .. Just download the GDM theme from given location and save it to your desktop. Now click on Main Menu and point towards System then towards Administration and open LogIn Windows. Click on Local tab and drag you GDM theme to Local Window. your theme will be automatically gets installed and you can select it by clicking on the desired screen/theme. After next reboot you can see a new Log In Screen..

Download : Start Up Manager



Splash Image Installation : - There are 3 types of Splash Part that are used in Linux .. I’ll let you know how to install and change splash of all 3 kinds. So lets take a look about Splashes :-

  • Grub Splash : – The 1’st Splash Screen that appear .. Its is mainly the Grub menu from where you select booting into multiple OS if has else will load Linux only.. Grub Splash place an image at the grub screen that add’s eye candy to it …The grub splash comes with extension .xpm.gz . To install a Grub Splash copy the ~.xpm.gz file to /boot/grub/splashimages since only root user can copy/edit Root File system your need to gain root privileged.

To do this Open terminal from Main Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal. Type

sudo nautilus

and press enter. A new Window will open which will let you copy/edit modify files of root file system.. Copy the desired ~.xpm.gz to /boot/grub/splashimages . Now to change Grub Splash you need a software known as Startup Manager. To download click here . Download the latest .deb file so that you can easily install it.. After the download gets finished double click the .deb file and click install .. Note : You must be connected to net while installing it .. Few files will be downloaded to complete installation..

After the installation finished navigate to System -> Administartion -> Startup Manager. After it opens click on Boot Option and check “Show Boot Loader” & “Show Boot Splash” options under Misc..After you are done click on Appearance tab and check “Use Color In Boot Loader Menu” and “Use Background Image for BL” . Assuming you have already copied the ~.xpm.gz file select desired Grub Splash from drop down list under grub Splash Option.
Now Installation is finished you will see a Grub Splash after next reboot.

  • Boot Splash / Usplash : - Boot Splash or U Splash is boot screen.It is the 2’nd Splash Screen that appears. To change Usplash 1’st download the Usplash from give location. The Usplash themes comes with ~.so extension. To install it you need to copy the ~.so files to /usr/lib/usplash . Since only root user can paste and edit files under File system. gain root privileged.. To do this Open terminal from Main Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal. Type

    sudo nautilus

    and press enter. A new Window will open which will let you copy/edit modify files of root file system.. Copy the desired ~.so to /usr/lib/usplash ..


After the installation finished navigate to System -> Administartion -> Startup Manager. After it open click on Appearance tab . Assuming you have already copied the ~.so file, select desired USplash from drop down list under USplash Option.
Now Installation is finished you will see a new USplash after next reboot.

Note : - You can face few problem changing Usplash via Startup Manager. If you face problem that your Usplash did not change even after selecting different Usplash from Startup Manager.. To overcome this problem rename the Usplash you want to change to usplash-theme-ubuntu but this will replace default Ubuntu Splash so take backup before doing this step….

  • GTK Splash : - Gtk Splash is the last splash screen that comes after Log In Screen.GTK Splash are normal images thaT comes with ~.png extension .To Install download the GTK Splash images from give links and paste them under /usr/share/pixmaps/splash since its is under Root File System you need root privileged. To do this Open terminal from Main Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal. Type

    sudo nautilus

    and press enter. A new Window will open which will let you copy/edit modify files of root file system.. Copy the desired image to /usr/share/pixmaps/splash ..

To Install GTK Splash Open Terminal and type

sudo apt-get install gtweakui

This will install gtweakui which is a very handy tool.. Now after the installation gets finished open gtweak sessions from System -> Preferences -> gtweak sessions.. Check Show Splash Screen on Log-In click on big thumbnail and select desired image..
Installation is finished now you can view new GTK Splash after next Log-In..

Sounds Installation : - Sounds are beeps/music that are the reaction of computer towards user integration. You can install different sound to do this 1’st download the sound from given location. The unzip the folder to desktop.. Now Paste the Folder to /usr/share/sounds since its is under Root File System you need root privileged. To do this Open terminal from Main Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal. Type

sudo nautilus

And press enter. A new Window will open which will let you copy/edit modify files of root file system.. Copy the desired image to /usr/share/sounds . To change sound navigate to System -> Preferences -> Sound a new window will open Click on Sounds tab and change the cound you want to change.



Emerald Installation: Emerald provide windows border when 3d desktop manager is selected. Emerald provide huge set of beautiful windows border to match you wallpaper and themes.. To install Emerald Open Terminal and type

sudo apt-get install emerald

this will install emerald. You can access emerald from System -> Preferences -> Emerald Theme Manager.
Emerald themes comes with .emerald extensions.. To install themes download from give location and Open Emerald theme Manager.. Click on Import and navigate to ~.emerald file and click open your new Emerald theme is installed .. In order to use the Emerald theme your 3d Composite Manager should be running just select the theme you want to use from Emerald theme Manager…

Terminal Hack :- To make Terminal transparent with/without Berly follow the steps Open Terminal click on Edit tab. Then select Current Profile, a new window will open click on Effects tab. Under effects tab you will notice background option. Select Transparency and adjust the amount of transparent desktop you need. You now has a transparent Terminal.

Customization to OSX

Apple latest OS that is full of eye candy and beautiful sets of icon and themes. Customization of OSX is very easy and selective in terms of icons and themes as there are plethora of themes and icons sets present to pimp you Ubuntu to OSX…So lets start the customization .. The new version of Ubuntu hasn’t changed in terms of UI by default so it pretty same customization in the beginning ..Here is the default Ubuntu desktop which has 2 Taskbars or Panel..The upper Panel is for navigation of Menus while the lower panel has option for navigation of Active Widows and Workspace..
Since OSX comes with One dock and sigle panel we have to configure Ubuntu like it only .. So lets follow the steps to configure ubuntu into OSX..

  • The 1’st thing is we have to delete the lower panel ..Right Click on lower panel and select Delete. After that your lower panel will be deleted..
  • The lower panel has 3 main applications . i.e Windows List, Workspace Switcher & Trash Icon.Apart from these three only Windows List is important.
  • To get Windows List in Upper Panel Right Click upper panel and select Add to Panel..
  • A new Windows will appear under Desktop & Windows option click on Window List and select add..
  • Now you have successfully created a new panel…

Customization of the panels have been successfully done. Now we should head towards customization of Looks, Feel and Sound of OSX..
Since OSX has 2 flavor one is old OSX and other is new Leopard so I has selected themes so that you can choose a particular theme for OSX according to your taste.. There are lots of other themes too but I’ll recommend you to use this at most and after you know how to change theme you can select theme by your own choice..

Fos OSX Old : –

For OSX Leopard Customization : –



Misc. Customization Pack : -

Customization to Vista

Vista is the latest OS from Microsoft camp.. Promised a lots Vista fails to stands even a single..Finding Gnome 2.20 Vista theme is pretty difficult since developers are least bothered about it .. but still I find something that will match the taste of it … So lets start the customization of Ubuntu to Vista.
Since Vista comes with One dock and single panel we have to configure Ubuntu like it only .. So lets follow the steps to configure Ubuntu into Vista..

  • The 1’st thing is we have to delete the lower panel ..Right Click on lower panel and select Delete. After that your lower panel will be deleted..
  • The lower panel has 3 main applications . i.e Windows List, Workspace Switcher & Trash Icon.Apart from these three only Windows List is important.
  • To get Windows List in Upper Panel Right Click upper panel and select Add to Panel..
  • A new Windows will appear under Desktop & Windows option click on Window List and select add..
  • You can change the position of panel just click on empty space of panel and drag where you want to place it..But I will suggest you to place the tab in the upper side only..

Now you have successfully created a new panel…and customization of Panel has been done . So head towards configuring theme and other parts of Ubuntu to make it look like Vista…

For Vista Leopard Customization : –

Miscellaneous Customization

Since I have been customizing Ubuntu from a long time I thought of giving few other and nice Customization. I have added few new customization : -

  1. New Human Customization.
  2. Dark Ubuntu Customization..
  3. Peace Ubuntu Customization.

So let me start with my newly added customization ..

New Ubuntu Customization :- This Customization part will be focusing on providing new Human Theme, better icon and will provide with you new and better goodies..Panel customization will remains the same as you have done with Vista and OSX .. So head towards configuring theme and other parts of Ubuntu to make it look like new and improved Ubuntu…

For New Ubuntu Customization : –



Dark Ubuntu Customization :-
This customization will customization will customize your Ubuntu to Dark Ubuntu providing your Ubuntu a new dark look that you will like a lot.Panel customization will remains the same as you have done with Vista and OSX .. So head towards configuring theme and other parts of Ubuntu to make it look like dark Ubuntu…

For Dark Ubuntu Customization : –

Peace Ubuntu Customization : – This customization will change the look of you Ubuntu and will provide a serene white look that will provide you peace while your work.Panel customization will remains the same as you have done with Vista and OSX .. So head towards configuring theme and other parts of Ubuntu to make it look like dark Ubuntu…

For Peace Ubuntu Customization : –

Docks and Desklets

A cool desktop without Desklets and a cool Dock cannot be consider cool cause main eye candy if being provided by these Utils only.. In this part I’ll guide you Installing Dock and Desklets Manager.. The Dock I will install is the most stable and is frequently updated know as AWN or Avant Windows Navigator is the best dock available for Linux So lets take a look at the Installation Steps of AWN and Desklets manager I’ll use is Screenlets since Gusty comes with Compiz by default user will not face problem with transparency and all….

Note: Before you try to install any of them I’ll recommend you udate your system through Update Manager..

Installing Avant Windows Navigator in Gusty Gibbon: - AWN is a Fully customizable dock-like window navigator for GNOME. Awn is pretty stable and comes with some striking features so lets take a look on how to install AWN In Ubuntu Gusty Gibbon..To do this open Terminal and type the following codes..

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

At the end of the text add these lines

deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/ gutsy avant-window-navigator
deb-src http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/ gutsy avant-window-navigator

Now copy and paste the following codes in Terminal ..

wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/reacocard.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

For AWN BZR do:

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-bzr

You can install more applets for AWN by doing:

sudo apt-get install awn-core-applets-bzr

Installation of AWN is finished you can Customize AWN from AWM Manager which you can Access from System -> Preferences -> AWN Manager

Here is a theme that you will need for AWM To install the theme open AWN Manager and under theme tab add the theme to AWN manager apply it and after next time you will open AWN theme will be activated..

Installing Screenlets in Gusty Gibbon: – Screenlets provide with some eyecatching desklets that pimp your desktop and give a much better look.. Screenlet provide a lot of desklets which work when 3d Composite Manager is turned On..So lets take a look how to install Screenlets :-

Open Terminal and type the following code :–

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Then add the following lines at the bottom : -

deb http://hendrik.kaju.pri.ee/ubuntu gutsy screenlets

Download Screenlets from http://www.screenlets.org/ .. Extract the archive and place the folder at desktop.. Now open Terminal and type following codes..

cd /path/of/the/folder

Then type this

sudo make install

Now you can access Screenlets from System ->Preferences -> Screenlets
Enjoy you have installed the best pimping utility
Adding Screenlets in database : - To add a screenlets 1’st download the screenlet from gnome-look.org or Screenlet home page and follow the steps mentioned ..
To do this Open terminal from Main Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal. Type sudo nautilus and press enter. A new Window will open which will let you copy/edit modify files of root file system.. Copy the desired image to /usr/local/share/screenlets ..

Now download the Screenlets from Gnome-look.org and unzip them .. Open /usr/local/share/screenlets under root privileged and paste the folder under it you can now access your added Screenlets from Screenlets Manager i.e under System ->Preferences -> Screenlets

Conclusion

Well I am ending my customization guide now hope you must have liked it and I am sure it will help you pimp your Ubuntu / Linux Mint Desktop… So here Ubuntu Gusty Customization Guide or Linux Mint Customization Guide comes to an end…

This guide is free to use. No part or whole of this guide should be reproduced without my permission.

Thats all for now. Hope you all will like the hard work.. Keep the reply and suggestions coming. Any queries ask.

Ever your Sincere
Dark Star

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    the screenlets bit should read :-
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  48. Greviant Says:

    The guide is great, really very cool.
    That being said, a few minor things:

    All of the themes look the same. The look is very nice, I am a big fan of screenlets and awn myself, but the “Vista” look really shouldn’t have a dock, and the “Leopard” look should take advantage of the widget layer in Compiz Fusion for a more dashboard and less sidebar effect.

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  51. asotoko Says:

    Thank you ^_^

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  53. Dark Star Says:

    Guide edited ,, Added new Screenlets link and new Peace Customization Icon with new ScreenShot :)

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  55. cyberbuff Says:

    One of the nicest customization guide. Thanks so much…

  56. rivunited Says:

    nice work!

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  59. sandman42 Says:

    For calendar and clock, which apps do you use (i.e. the one shown in your desktops)?

  60. Dark Star Says:

    ^^ I am using Screenlets and I have added screenlets downloaded from Gnome-look.org ;)

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  63. Akira Says:

    Hey!
    nice guide!!
    could you tell me how to put that bar with the clock and stuff in my desktop???
    tnx!!

  64. peace Says:

    nice customize tut very goo appreciate it thanks very much i will try it ok bye thanks to anyone who contrybute to the linux comunity i apreciate it i’m a new beeee but as i learn something i too i will post some stuff hope so
    thanks very much to all linux developers thanks

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  68. Marcelle Says:

    What a nice guide! I followed it with no problem, except that I got a message of ‘no public key available’ when I did
    sudo aptitude update
    after adding the repo for the screenlets package. To solve this problem, I did

    wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/screenlets/hendrikkaju.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –

    then I did

    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude install screenlets

    and everything was fine. Thanks!

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  70. ethana2 Says:

    CC-BY-SA recommended…

    I’m bookmarking this for when I have time to really spiff up my system :)

  71. Saeid Says:

    Very Good
    Thanks

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  73. Arun Says:

    nice article – thanks

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  75. gulu Says:

    Like the butterfly wallpaper….where did you find it? Can you post the link?

    Thanks

  76. funkyidol Says:

    Hey nice post. Very helpful. One Ques. Whish Desktop widgets are you using for the clock and calendar thing. Are they Google Desktop Search or something else?

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  78. novisions Says:

    these themes require compiz-fusion and emerald to be fully implemented. if you are having trouble getting your graphics card to enable 3D acceleration in these programs, don’t worry. you can still get your linux desktop looking cool.

    PCLinuxOS, like Ubuntu, is a low-maintenance user-friendly distribution of linux that uses KDE instead of GNOME. you can install new window decorations and styles from synaptic and tweak them within the configuration menu. window shadows, translucency works even without 3D acceleration.

  79. blueshift Says:

    Very much thanks Darkstar.

  80. Usman Sheikh Says:

    I am having problems in using emerald themes. Actually I first installed emerald and then I downloaded one of the themes from your website and imported that into emerald. I selected the theme, but nothing changed, then I read somewhere to execute “compiz –replace -c emerald &” and when I did that the theme started working. However after applying that theme I am not able to drag any of my windows anymore. I am new to linux so don’t know much about what these commands are doing. Please help in fixing this drag problem, coz i really like the new theme :)

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    magnifico! veramente magnifico! grafica stupenda! io ho ubuntu ma non lo uso quasi mai, quello standard è monotono e troppo sempliciotto… e anche troppo marrone merda! invece lo avete reso magnifico! MAGNIFICO! complimenti!

  83. Hasim Says:

    Great blog, just added you to google blog reader.

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  86. music Says:

    very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

  87. Dark Star Says:

    Guide edited :) Edited the codes for better view )

  88. free Says:

    Super! Thanks :)

  89. eltama Says:

    Can you please post a link to the butterfly wallpaper?

  90. Jessie Says:

    Thanks for the info. By the way, I am a big fan of your site. Keep up the great work.

  91. Jack Says:

    Thanks, this is good stuff. You are spot on.

  92. Jack Says:

    Great post. I have added you to my digg bookmark

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  95. gooy Says:

    Sorry to say that this may be a good for people with some experience with Linux. I think the author can definitely improve (mainly how to do step by step) for first time users. I have been using Ubuntu for less than a week and not really familiar with all the inner workings, what commands to use, etc…I like to devote time in learning Linux, but arcane (supposedly to be known by first time user) language put me off. I found following links quite helpful, as the author explains whys and why-nots. (ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=281480). Thanks to Dark Star for making this page for those who have better understanding than I have, but I hope he can revise for brand-new Ubuntu/linux user.

  96. Dark Star Says:

    I have added all the steps from the scratch neede to do the customization.. This guide is the most easiest I guess :P Well if you still have some doubts please post your doubts so that I can fix it :)

  97. bad3r Says:

    Thanks

    BAD3R – KSA

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  101. ozky Says:

    where is that vista themes wallpaper ????cant find it
    where i can get it ?


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