Customized Themes for Ubuntu [Part 2] 3 comments

After the previous post of Ubuntu customized themes, we are back again to share a few more eyecandy stuff with you all. This time, we are not only having some really cool themes for you but we have some good-looking wallpapers and icon-themes as well. For those who havent read our previous post, its here. This time, things are getting more classy, more shiny and more awesome.

So lets get started…..

Orta Theme

Orta GTK is a modified GTK2 theme for Ubuntu. Use the following PPA to install Orta on your Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04.2 desktop.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nikount/orta-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install orta-theme orta-emerald-decorators

and done. We have used AWN Dock here which was discussed in this post.

You can find the Orta Settings Manager under the Preferences category of your Main Menu. Set it and enjoy. Here are the screenshots for reference :-

‘A New Hope’ Theme


This is one of the best GTK themes around. With a little tweaking, you will find your desktop shininh like never before. What you need to do is just download the file here and

  • Extract the .zip file to a folder
  • Double click “” and select “Run”.
  • Follow the prompts accordingly.

and we are good to go. Here’s how it looks like :-

Equinox-GTK Theme

This Equinox theme is a heavily modified version of the beautiful Aurora engine (1.4). Thats why it looks so awesome. There is a PPA available for this theme so you need not to go anywhere. Just type in these commands and enjoy.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme equinox-ubuntu-theme

Now, just right click on deskop> Change Desktop Background> Themes and select any equinox theme.

Here’s a quick look at ’em.

Faenza Icon Theme 0.9


For both of the above you need to install Faenza icon theme which are the coolest icon set ever. Just use this PPA and you are good to go.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

After that, select any of you installed themes, click ‘customize’ and goto ‘icons’ tab and select ‘Faenza icons’ and done.


Talking of Macbuntu, its a full customization pack that has been designed to Macify Ubuntu totally. This pack is really a great script created by the sole aim of giving Ubuntu users a full Mac-OSX like experience. This script significantly changes the desktop, so be careful with it. And its not compatible with Ubuntu Netbook Edition.

Here it goes, open the terminal and type in these commands and see the magic happen :->

For Ubuntu 10.10

wget -O ~/Downloads/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz
tar xzvf ~/Downloads/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10/

For Ubuntu 10.04.2

wget -O ~/Downloads/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz
tar xzvf ~/Downloads/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04/

The installer will ask you a few questions time to time, keep up and select your choices accordingly. After installation is complete, please restart and login. You will see MacUbuntu up and running >


‘Orta’ Theme Wallpaper >

‘A New Hope’ Theme Wallpaper >

‘Equinox’ Theme Wallpaper >

Ubuntu Studio 10.10 Wallpaper >

Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) Special Wallpapers >

The themes, icon-sets and wallpapers are copyrights of their respective owners. For more eyecandy stuff, keep visiting. We would be glad to see how you customized your desktop, so send in your screenshots here or just post the link in the comment below.

Njoy !


About Cell aka Abhishek

A Technology Fanatic, Open-source lover, a future Entrepreneur, & an Innovative thinker, is presently working as a R&D Engineer in the Wind Turbine Industry.

  • Sumit

    Loads of thanks Abhishek, I’ve been trying to do this for some time now. Not really need Unity as my 10.10 is quite stable!

  • PandaTheGeek

    Hi, thank you for this post ! it worked and was really helpful ^^ 

  • trucker andrew

    your themes are really nice, will be using the elegant theme for a while, it is a breathe of fresh air.nice break after 10 years of boring windows 🙂 i am running ubuntu 10.10 on an old dell laptop.