Customized Themes for Ubuntu 11.04 23 comments


Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal has been released and the servers were really busy last night. We have covered different aspects of Ubuntu 11.04 and its default interface Unity so far. Now we think its time for some more eyecandy stuff for Unity. Talking of Unity, it is itself a great interface with cool looks and enhanced usability. We dont care about what people say but we believe that Unity is the ‘Next Big Thing’. People always resist to adopt something new but after hey get familiar with it, they very well accept it and yet love it. So, coming back to the topic, we have collected a few Themes for your Ubuntu 11.04 Desktops to make them look really cool. Here we go –

Equinox Themes

Equinox Themes are available to install for Ubuntu 11.04 users via a PPA repository. Open a terminal & run :-

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

Now sit back and relax.

Equinox Evolution

Equinox Dawn

Equinox Dusk

Equinox Midnight

Equinox Light

These are one of the most suitable themes for Ubuntu IMO. They are cool, shiny and light and use Faenza icon theme making them a perfect theme pack for Unity Desktop.

Orta Theme

Orta GTK is a modified GTK2 theme for Ubuntu desktops. This theme looks really really good in Unity with Faenza icons and a grey-black transparent Unity-Panel is just perfect.

Use the following PPA to install Orta on your Ubuntu 11.04 desktop.

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

Now, just right-click, and select Orta theme and see the magic. You will need Faenza icon theme to achieve the desired looks.

 

Elementary Unity Theme

Download Here

Install the Icon Theme

Use this PPA to install Elementary Icon theme to install Elementary Icon themes in Ubuntu 11.04.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementaryart/elementarydesktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-icon-theme

and done.

NOTE – The theme requires Murrine engine. To install required Murrine engine download the source from here, extract the package and go into its directory in a terminal window and run:-

./configure –prefix=/usr –enable-animation
make
sudo make install

To install Nautilus Elementary, run following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

and finally restart nautilus with:

nautilus -q

and done.

Divergence IV Theme

Download Here

Download the file and extract it. Browse to the extracted file and double click install.sh and run it. Install it and set preferences and enjoy the theme. Again, you will need Faenza icon theme to achieve the desired looks.

Don’t forget to post your desktop screenshots after you play around with your brand new Natty Narwhal. For queries, please use our Forum.

Njoy !

 


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  • Serbia

    This looks fantastic, I use a 10.10! I do not have the courage to move to 11.04, because I do not know what the situation with drivers for graphics. Good work :)))

  • http://www.linoob.com Linoob.com’s Admin

    These themes and PPAs work equally well on Ubuntu 10.10, so if you dont want to upgrade, just use them in 10.10 gnome. They will work fine.

  • http://www.linoob.com Linoob.com’s Admin

    These themes and PPAs work equally well on Ubuntu 10.10, so if you dont want to upgrade, just use them in 10.10 gnome. They will work fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.badangayon Jordan M. Badangayon

    i like the themes but can i use them using other icon themes… i don’t like the faenza icon themes…

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawl6NjBsv0wcIqnMrbjxqJzirFvcbcsa1DI Linards

    Orta Themes Block Unity Panels setting NOT WORKING!

    Consider before installing it.

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawl6NjBsv0wcIqnMrbjxqJzirFvcbcsa1DI Linards

    Orta theme has bug with Black UNity Panel.

    See more info here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/777155

  • http://profiles.google.com/danteashton Danté Ashton

    I am not getting a connection to Elementary…

  • Shubham

    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)

    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    my net connection got down while the final command was being carried out and now i am being shown this error in the second command

    {theme:equinox}

  • a.king

    What is the wallpaper you have in Equinox Evolution or how can I get it.

  • a.king

    Never mind, I found it after a some good searching

  • http://www.linoob.com Linoob.com’s Admin

    looks like you are running something else along with this installation..some update maybe

  • Narwhal

    Would be nice if you could post link to those wallpapers.. :)

  • Duncan Murimi

    Awesome themes ,thank you very much,

  • Marek Ozimina

    could you share name of this magnificent wallpaper?

  • Seth Kolb

    HELP!! I cant figure out how to install the Nautilus Elementary theme. Any help is appreciated!

  • Seth Kolb

    HELP!! I cant figure out how to install the Nautilus Elementary theme. Any help is appreciated!

  • Tornike Khomeriki

    Great themes, thanks for this.

  • Gerk Ayram

    Exist this theme?
    http://ns965.websitewelcome.com/~esteban/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/133-568×455.png
    If this exist, please post here…
    Soooo cool!!!

  • Sinaptic123

    What is the wallpaper for Equinox Evolution I can’t seem to find it.

  • Sinaptic123

    Never mind got it now. If anyone else wants it here is the link – http://gnome-look.org/CONTENT/content-files/123062-Ubuntu_10.04_Abst_01_1440x900.jpg

  • Agung4b08

    you have to restart your system first…

  • Tzi

    It’s not a theme: it’s KDE4, another desktop manager (alternative to gnome) =)

  • Lary99

    Can somebody please help me? Installed my first Linux distribution today and would like to use the equinox theme. I typed all commands from this page and everything went fine, but I can’t use the theme. Do I have to do something else bevore that? I’m using Ubuntu 11.10