Bringing the Mac experience in Ubuntu

Anyone who have used Apple’s Mac OS X might have become an admirer of it just because of the usability and the great design in user interface. For the past few days, I have been trying to bring a Mac experience in my Ubuntu 10.10. I googled several times and the most suggested solution was to use Macbuntu. I downloaded and installed the Macbuntu transformation pack. It was pretty good. Almost everything, including the bootsplash, the desktop and the widgets got a Mac OS touch.

But I was thinking of some additional customizations of my own so that it will provide me exactly what I expected.

The bootsplash, the icons and the cursor theme were already changedĀ  while I installed the Macbuntu package. Still I felt like editing the GTK+ theme files and changing some of the widget styles and also adding some more stunning visual transition effects.

Regarding the transition effects, all I had to do was to install the CompizConfig Settings Manager and install an additional package named compiz-fusion-plugins-extra and configure the keyboard shortcuts. The most tedious task was modifying the GTK+ theme and creating necessary pixmaps.

Instead of editing a pre-designed theme, I decided to create a new theme package that includes the best of widget classes specified in different themes like Macbuntu, Elegant-GTK, Aurora, Mac4Lin etc… etc…

Different GTK engines like murrine, aurora and pixmap were used accordingly. For example, notebook tabs, buttons, and combo entries uses the “aurora” engine, scrollbars uses the “murrine” engine, progressbars and toolbars uses the “pixmap” engine.

The default window decorator was replaced with Emerald window decorator, using the command emerald –replace.

Everything finished okay and the theme is applied, but the nautilus window was still annoying. There was a solution for that too. I upgraded it to Nautilus-Elementary and enabled features like clutterflow which made it look similar to the default Finder in Mac OS X. I installed Gloobus preview utility which shows the file contents in a blink, when space-bar is pressed.

Here are some screenshots:

Desktop after login

Skype Linux Version

Miro Internet TV

Nautilus Elementary with Clutterflow feature

Window Picker Initiated


Ring switcher

Shift switcher

The Desktop Cube

Water effect

Painting fire

Gloobus Preview

XBMC in window mode

Audacious Audio Player


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