Eye-Candy for your Ubuntu installation

With a little bit of time and effort, you can make your Ubuntu installation look jazzier than any operating system installation. The new look is a refreshing change over the boring brown wallapapers that Ubuntu ships by default.

So lets start with a default Ubuntu installation… Lets call him Insipid Ibex

Insipid Ibex

Insipid Ibex

Step 1… Open a terminal and run

sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-look

Once done, click on System->Preferences->Appearance and select the UbuntuStudio theme. Also change the wallpaper to the UbuntuStudio wallpaper… and here you go… Haikarrramba!

Interesting Ibex!

Interesting Ibex!

Much better eh?

Step 2… Now lets get a MAC like dock for it. Open a terminal and run

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

Step 3… As if this is not overwhelming enough for such little effort lets add more to the show…
Pick out an icon set for yourself by visiting this link. My personal favorite is “Black White 2 Gloss”

Black White 2 Gloss Iconset

Black White 2 Gloss Iconset

Here’s how Ubuntu will look once you install them.. Killer aye?

Interesting Ibex - New icons

Interesting Ibex - New icons

Step 4… Time to spice up the terminal. Open a terminal and goto Edit->Profiles. Edit the Default profile or create a new profile. Change the text and background colors. I prefer the text to be blue to match the Studio look and the background to be black. Now make the background transparent and set the level of transparency to what you wish and watch the terminal turn into a rockstar!

Rockstar terminal

Rockstar terminal

Step 5… Improve usability by installing the Google Gnome Menu File Browser Applet . With this applet you can browser the home folder right from your menubar. This saves a lotta time!

Menu File Browser Applet

Menu File Browser Applet

If this is not enough go ahead and install compiz fusion and you can do a lot more fun stuff. If you’re a geek, it’ll irritate you in 48 hours… If you’re not you’ll hang on to it for a while. But it doesn’t hurt to try it out!

So here a few simple things we did to give Ubuntu a fresh look! Wow.

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8 Responses to Eye-Candy for your Ubuntu installation

  1. Anuj says:

    This looks is interesting to me. Can I install Ubuntu on my lappy and have the above effects? Is there any specific advantage of the above effect?


  2. Anuj says:

    Or is it only beneficial to people in software field?

  3. tutos Linux says:

    ubuntu each one of the best
    Tutos Linux

  4. divya says:

    Hey Anuj!

    Yeah you can install Ubuntu on your lappy and have all the effects. But if you haven’t used Linux ever you might take some time to get used to a new operating system. There’s a lot more to Ubuntu than eye candy!

  5. Anuj says:

    Hi Divs,

    Thx…let’s give a try & see!!..if it doesn’t suit…there should be a way to uninstall Linux….I hope all my current data remains intact -:)thx


  6. Mike says:

    I disagree, you can be a geek, turn DOWN compiz, and still get a lot of use out of it. Some features are fabulously useful.

  7. divya says:

    And I agree with you Mike… Like I said 2 comments above, there’s a lot to Ubuntu than the eye candy.

  8. pavan gopal says:

    We can also use compiz fusion to get the glossy look and special features. It’s supported by many OS’s

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