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November 15, 2008

Customizing Ubuntu to provide stunning looks

This blog is intended to help those who are new to the linux world (like me). So if you are a long time linux user, you might perhaps know/used the concepts explained here, but you can help me by providing your valuable comments and suggestions.

I recently installed Ubuntu 8.10 in my notebook using Wubi. As a result I started using Ubuntu regularly at home and Windows XP at office. But as I used my Ubuntu more and more, I felt the pain of living with Ubuntu’s default font rendering, especially when I browse using firefox. I tried all the options available under the “fonts” section in “Appearance Preferences” with no fruitful result.

Then when I started looking around for solutions, I came to know from this nice article that certain “font rendering features” were turned off in Ubuntu by default due to some legal reasons. The article went ahead and suggested a solution, which I successfully implemented in my Ubuntu. So, if you are struggling with fonts in your Ubuntu, please follow the steps mentioned in the article “Enable Smooth fonts on Ubuntu Linux“.

Ok, now my fonts look great and the web pages I surf looks the same as it use to be in Windows. But I don’t like the default brown theme of my Ubuntu. So I looked for other options in the “Appearance Preferences” window but none could satisfy me. So I started surfing around to find some alternatives.

But luckily I came across a great site called “www.art.gnome.org” which contains tons of themes for the gnome desktop. There is a section called “Desktop Themes” which contains so many options. I quickly found out that there are so many things you configure in your desktop like “Application” or “Control”, “Window Border”, “Icons”, “Login Manager”, “GTK Engines” etc. By making use of these themes you can customize the look and feel of your Ubuntu desktop much like how you configure firefox with various themes.

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  1. ubuntu-art.org and gnome-look.org have more themes also

    Comment by Vadi — November 15, 2008 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks Vadi. I checked gnome-look.org and it has some really great theme collections listed. Thanks for sharing the info.

    Comment by James — November 16, 2008 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

    • I seuroisly love your blog.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own site and would like to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Thank you!

      Comment by Emma — May 19, 2017 @ 4:34 am | Reply

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  5. Hi,
    Great information. Thank you for these insights. I switched to ubuntu, and I am so excited. Very stable, solid . . I love it. Could you please give me advice how to open more screens. A friend of mine set it up, but my daughter pressed something and I lost those 2 little box screens in the corner to work on several different things at same time.
    Thank you so much.
    Jiri Novak

    Comment by Jiri — December 5, 2008 @ 4:45 am | Reply

    • Hi Jiri,
      Just right click anywhere in your bottom panel and click “Add to Panel”. On the new window that’s opened, search for “Workspace Switcher” and then select it and click “Add”. Now you can see those little box screens in the corner again!

      Comment by James — December 6, 2008 @ 8:32 am | Reply

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  6. Hi James,

    Thank you. Ubuntu rocks . . . I am loving it, while figuring out how to do more other things. I could not locate in chronological order the package “murrine gtk2-engine”, but then I checked alphabetically “g” for gtk2 engine and it was there. Your site is so helpful, thank you. Also I installed gnome sword2 Bible software, and it’s amazing. Back while a ago I spent over 300$ (church discount) for 600$ Logos software PC version, which today of course, is totally useless. It works only on Windows 98. GnomeSword2 for linux, you can customize it, the way you like it, the commentaries, dictionaries, books . . all the way you like it and even my own language(Czech), I found all 4 versions.. . Actually any language that exist, it seems is there. Amazing, praise the Lord. Ubuntu is great, I don’t want to use anything else. I am learning gymp, fstop, and just recently got qcad, . .for drawing. It seems that Ubuntu and linux will put other computer systems out of business.

    I have 8.04 ubuntu version. Do you think that getting laptop toshiba 64bit processor with Intel Coro due would speed up and make it way more powerful tool, or would it work just as fast like on older versions.

    Thank you,
    Merry Christmas,

    Comment by Jiri — December 21, 2008 @ 6:22 am | Reply

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  8. tks for the effort you put in here I appreciate it!

    Comment by MichaellaS — July 21, 2009 @ 9:21 am | Reply

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