Install the Ubuntu-Studio Blue on Black (Adwaita) Theme in Ubuntu 12.04 – 14.04

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I always loved the default Blue on Black look that came with Ubuntu Studio, but never really liked the Desktop Environment, so after a little digging and trial and error I’ve finally found out how easy it is to install this beautiful theme on Ununtu Unity, I’ve yet to test the theme on other flavours of Ubuntu, so if you guys ever try it out on, let’s say Kubuntu, or Lubuntu, come back and let me know how it works.

To Install Ubuntu Studio Blue on Black, enter the following command into your Terminal:

sudo apt-get install gnome-themes-standard

Once installed it’s just a matter of going to System Setting – Appearance and selecting the “Adwaita” option from the theme selection menu:

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Installing this theme will also install the standard Icons for Ubuntu-Studio, which I kinda like, but if you prefer they can be changed to a different Icon theme using either Ubuntu-Tweak or the Unity Tweak tool.

Customize GTK3 / GTK2 Theme Colours Using `GTK Theme Preferences`

Satya, who’s behind some beautiful GTK and GNOME Shell themes, has created a cool new tool that lets you customize GTK theme colours in Ubuntu 12.04 – 14.04.

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Right now, `GTK Theme Preferences` (that’s the name of the tool) works with any GTK2 and GTK3 themes and lets you customize the following:

– Selected background colour

– Xfce panel, Gnome panel and Unity panel: background and text color

– Menu background and font colour

Even though this is a brand new tool, it seems that GTK Theme Preferences might be included by default in the upcoming Xubuntu 13.04.

A similar feature was available in GNOME 2 by default, but unfortunately it wasn’t included in GNOME 3 and since then, GNOME (this includes Unity) users who like to customize the GTK theme colours had to do it manually, by changing configuration files. Well, that’s not the case any more thanks to GTK Theme Preferences. The application comes with a limited set of features for now as you can see (which are still very useful), but hopefully it will gain even more customization options in the future.

Install GTK Theme Preferences by entering the following commands into your terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shimmerproject/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk-theme-config


via Customize GTK3 / GTK2 Theme Colors Using `GTK Theme Preferences` ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog

How To Install And Tweak GNOME Flashback Session In Ubuntu 14.04

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For years Gnome has been a favourite Desktop Environment among Linux users everywhere. But with the introduction of Unity within Ubuntu the veteran Ubuntu users started to panick. But now it is possible to get a Gnome2 Desktop Environment back with a few easy commands and programs. Here’s how:

1. Install the Flashback GNOME session:

To install the Flashback GNOME session, use the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-flashback

Once installed, log out and select this from the login screen session menu: “GNOME Flashback (Compiz)” if you want to use Compiz or “GNOME Flashback (Metacity)” if you don’t need Compiz and want to use Metacity:

2. Fix the Compiz Flashback session:

For GNOME Flashback Compiz session only: In my test, logging into the “GNOME Flashback (Compiz)” session, there were no window decorations. But I was able to fix it so if that also occurs on your system, here’s what to do. Firstly, install CompizConfig Settings Manager:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then launch CompizConfig Settings Manager from the menu (Applications > System Tools > Preferences), enable the “Copy to texture” plugin, then log out and log back in.

If the window decorations still don’t work, you can also try to disable all the plugins from CompizConfig Settings Manager and then re-enable them (remember not to enable the Ubuntu Unity Plugin!).

3. How to add applets to the panel:

To add applets to the panel, you must hold the ALT key while right clicking the panel, then select “Add to panel”. In some cases, you must hold down both the ALT and the Super (Windows) keys while right clicking the panel so try this if just holding ALT doesn’t work.

Screenshot from 2014-04-19 08:46:304. Getting a Unity-like appmenu (global menu):

If you want to get an Unity-like AppMenu (global menu), install the following package:

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-appmenu

Then add the “Indicator Applet Appmenu” to the top panel (I’ve already explained above how to add applets to the GNOME Flashback session panels):

Note that in my test, adding the Appmenu applet to a panel makes the “Menu bar” applet disappear for some reason. The solution for this is use the “Main Menu” applet or Cardapio (see step 5 below).

5. Get a searchable menu: Cardapio:

Cardapio, a menu that comes with a search along with other useful features, doesn’t work with Ubuntu 14.04 any more, but I’ve found a version fixed by Eugene San fixed for Python 2.7 to which I’ve added a few fixes myself:

fixed the GTK3 bookmarks path;

fixed GNOME session logout/shutdown;

fixed panel icon not being displayed

fixed panel icon padding Cardapio using the wrong icon;

fixed “Applet” tab in Cardapio preferences not being displayed in GNOME Flashback session.

I’m not a developer so I couldn’t fix all the bugs: some of its plugins don’t work any more and launching Cardapio using the keyboard shortcut, the menu is displayed in the middle of the screen instead of being displayed where it’s supposed to – next to the panel (if you manage to fix this, let me know!).

You can install it in Ubuntu 14.04 by using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cardapio cardapio-gnomepanel

Then, add Cardapio to the panel (see step 3 for how to add applets to the panel) and configure it to your liking. Note that after changing some settings, such as the ones in the “Applet” tab, you need to remove the applet from the panel and re-add it for the changes to take effect (or log out and log back in).

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