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At the request of our readers
we have decided to revive our usual desktop customization tutorial for the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, because of Unity (again).
We know that many of you don't like how Unity looks and acts, therefore this step-by-step tutorial was created for the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system to teach you how to change the looks of your Linux desktop into an eye-candy, more practical, simple and modern workstation.
Ehh... we knew you were expecting this for a long time now, haven't you? Well, it's here now, so you better enjoy it, modify it and adapt it to your liking.
In other words, we will help you pimp your Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) desktop and change its looks:
|from this |
|to this |
Things you need to get started:
1. Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system (Desktop Edition)
2. GNOME Tweak Tool
(click to install);
4. Faenza Icon Theme
5. An amazing wallpaper! Step 1 - Moving Unity to Bottom Side
Hit the CTRL+ALT+T key combination on your keyboard, and paste the following command in the terminal window that just opened (one by one, hitting Enter after each one): sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paullo612/unityshell-rotated sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unityshell-rotated libnux-1.0-0 compizconfig-settings-manager
When the installation is over, close the terminal window and open CompizConfig Setttings Manager from Unity. Scroll to the 'Desktop' section and deactivate the 'Ubuntu Unity Plugin' and immediately activate the 'Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated'. WARNING: Be aware that once you deactivate the 'Ubuntu Unity Plugin' your desktop will flicker a couple of times and Unity will disappear.
When you'll activate 'Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated' you will see that Unity is now on the bottom of the screen! Enter the 'Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated' plugin, go to the 'Experimental' tab and configure everything like in the image below (or however you want).
Once you finish with the Unity configuration, close CompizConfig Settings Manager and restart your session for the changes to take effect! Proceed to the next step when you get back. Step 2 - Install the Zukitwo and Zukini GTK3 Themes icon theme
Download the Zukitwo and Zukini themes from here
To install these two GTK3 themes follow our How to Install GNOME Themes in Ubuntu 11.10
Basically, you'll have to create a .themes folder on your home directory and extract the archives in there. Proceed to the next step! Step 3 - Install the Faenza icon theme
Hit the CTRL+ALT+T key combination on your keyboard, and paste the following command in the terminal window that just opened (one by one, hitting Enter after each one): sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme
Wait for the installation to finish and close the terminal window. Proceed to the next step! Step 4 - Final touches
Let's activate the new themes and icons. Open GNOME Tweak Tool, click the 'Themes' section on the left and set everything like in the image below...
Close GNOME Tweak Tool when you're done setting the Icon theme to Faenza-Ambiance, GTK+ theme to Zukitwo-Resonance and Window theme to Zukini.
Now, right click on your desktop and select Change Desktop Background. Then select 'Pictures Folder' from the drop-down list, and add a nice wallpaper by clicking on the + button situated on the bottom left side.
Voilà, your Ubuntu 11.10 desktop has been pimped and it should look like this...
...or like this!
We've done our job. From here on, let your imagination run wild and don't forget to drop a link with your own screenshots.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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|Comment #2 by: Blu on 23 Dec 2011, 06:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Hello, nice tut for ubuntu, i really like this more that default, and, can you please send a link with the 3st wallpaper, the one with a girl and a flower on hear ear, please without softpedia watermark, i love it much, thanks :D
|Comment #2.1 by: true on 23 Apr 2012, 03:38 GMT|
how do i get wallpaper i got everything else except for the wallpaper
|Comment #3 by: Marius Nestor on 23 Dec 2011, 07:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
|Comment #4 by: mikaho on 23 Dec 2011, 08:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
nice , but how to move it to the right side , got an cairo dock there at the bottom
|Comment #6 by: Ravi on 23 Dec 2011, 11:01 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Awesome Guide. Thanks a lot. Merry Christmas to you!!!!!! I am proud to be a user of UBUNTU!!!!!
|Comment #7 by: SpenserWilde on 23 Dec 2011, 11:05 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank you very much for this awesome tutorial. Basically, my Unity desktop got F*&Ked. Thank GOD I have Gnome Shell installed because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to write this disturbing comment!
Thank you very very much! >
|Comment #8.1 by: Marius Nestor on 24 Dec 2011, 20:03 GMT|
Loading/login screens are not desktop customization :) However, as I said in the tutorial... let your imagination run wild, try other themes, try new fonts, new icons, etc... In conclusion, let no one stopping you from modifying your system to look and act as you like, whatever makes you happy :)
|Comment #10 by: Lie_NuXor on 24 Dec 2011, 17:23 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this is a great article, but it only goes half way..e. what about choosing a custom mouse theme? What about choosing a custom Loading/Login-Logout/Lock screens? What about custom theming the grub?
|Comment #11 by: Alen on 26 Dec 2011, 20:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
the only thing i never saw in ur site is about internet speed in linux (ubuntu)
internet speed is terrible here in ubuntu! i've searched alot but the only thing i've got is "disabling ipv6"
i wanted ask you to write something about it. something to solve it...
im running ubuntu 10.4 and my speed is under 10kb! (mostly around 5000bytes)
it got 2 days to download multimedia codecs and drivers!
|Comment #11.1 by: Tobben on 30 Dec 2011, 10:33 GMT|
Still the same speed problem? How are you connected to the internet, what speed do your internet supplier promise you? Any way- happy new year to all!
|Comment #12 by: Duleee on 27 Dec 2011, 16:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i did all what was in tutorial..but my unity is still on the left side of the screen...what shall i do????
|Comment #12.1 by: Marius Nestor on 28 Dec 2011, 07:07 GMT|
Make sure, again, that everything is set up just like in this screenshot http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/extra/LINUX/large/ubuntu1110customization-large_002.jpg
In other words, make sure you deactivate the "Ubuntu Unity Plugin" and activate the "Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated"
|Comment #12.2 by: bigred on 02 Jan 2012, 04:03 GMT|
When I disabled Ubuntu Unity Plugin there was no "Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated" icon to select. So what do I need to do?
|Comment #12.3 by: Marius Nestor on 02 Jan 2012, 07:32 GMT|
Make sure again that you've installed the Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated. Open Synaptic and search for the package! If it's not installed, install it.
|Comment #12.4 by: Rookie407 on 07 Jan 2012, 18:18 GMT|
and what if i've followed all the steps and even went through a second time to make sure and it still doesnt move to the bottom... even better question to ask is what do i do when i try to switch to the ubuntu unity plugin rotated and i get an error "some of the bingings for the ubuntu unity plugin rotated conflict with other plugins do you want to resolve them" if i click ignore nothing happens if i click resolve i get another popup saying "The new value for the edge binding for the action Reveal Mode in plugin Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated conflicts with the action Flip Down of the Desktop Wall plugin.
Do you wish to disable Flip Down in the Desktop Wall plugin?" my only options are set reveal mode dont set reveal mode and disable flip down and none of them do anything...
|Comment #12.5 by: anonymous on 10 Mar 2012, 11:17 GMT|
I'm having the same problem...it's not going to the bottom of the screen, and I'm getting the same resolve conflicts issue. Followed the tutorial to a "T". It's a great tutorial for figuring out how to get all the programs and themes but they don't want to cooperate for some reason
|Comment #13 by: aefear on 30 Dec 2011, 00:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Nestor, esti fan Evangelion fratie?=)) habar n-aveam
|Comment #13.1 by: Nikolos on 13 Jan 2012, 02:13 GMT|
Same here - error on binding conflict and no rotation for me :(
|Comment #15 by: evris on 16 Jan 2012, 11:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Unfortunately, you can not move the launcher to the bottom if you are running Ubuntu in a VMware virtual machine. In my other machine though, which runs Ubuntu on bare metal it worked like a charm. Thank you very much.
|Comment #15.1 by: Angga on 19 Feb 2012, 05:59 GMT|
could you more elaborate, i'm newbie, what VMware? what bare metal? I got same problem launcher can't move to bottom. thanks
|Comment #18 by: HiepNH on 06 Feb 2012, 07:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
how to display templature in menu top dock?
|Comment #18.1 by: Marius Nestor on 06 Feb 2012, 08:19 GMT|
Install the indicator-weather package with Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic.
|Comment #19 by: Spirit on 25 Feb 2012, 20:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Great tutorial. Thank you! Unity looks better this way.
|Comment #20 by: Chickle on 26 Mar 2012, 17:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Did all of that and get the red triangle next to the shell themes box in tweak tool. Cannot install any of the themes. Any Ideas?
|Comment #20.1 by: Marius Nestor on 28 Mar 2012, 08:57 GMT|
This guide is NOT for installing GNOME Shell themes!!! Of course there's a red triangle. You need to change the theme from the GTK+ theme section. Look at the picture in the article please!
|Comment #21 by: Feefo on 27 Mar 2012, 17:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This does not work the way the article describes... First, you just cannot just: "Basically, you'll have to create a .themes folder on your home directory and extract the archives in there. Proceed to the next step!"
You have put the contents of the archives in the .themes folder, just extracting the zips there does not work.
Second, even after the themes are available in Tweak, I have found no way to change the desktop wallpaper as the article describes. The pictures they show here do not show up...
There needs to be a more complete explanation of this process.
|Comment #22 by: gopal on 18 Apr 2012, 10:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I installed ubuntu 11.10 with a CD.but when I want to do customization sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paullo612/unityshell-rotated following is arising :Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/add-apt-repository", line 77, in
ppa_info = get_ppa_info_from_lp(user, ppa_name)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/softwareproperties/ppa.py", line 65, in get_ppa_info_from_lp
lp_page = urlopen(req).read()
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 126, in urlopen
return _opener.open(url, data, timeout)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 394, in open
response = self._open(req, data)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 412, in _open
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 372, in _call_chain
result = func(*args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 1209, in https_open
return self.do_open(httplib.HTTPSConnection, req)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py", line 1171, in do_open
urllib2.URLError: .and in "CompizConfig Setttings Manager" "Ubuntu Unity Plugin" is present but "Ubuntu Unity Plugin Rotated" is not present.pls tell informe me about necessary steps to get rid ot this issue.
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