How To : Make Ubuntu Looks Like Mac OS X
How to make your Ubuntu looks like Mac OS X Leopard? There are a lot of tutorial in the internet that discussing this topic. Ok, I just want to share about my experience in customizing Ubuntu theme into Mac style.
There are some file need to be downloaded before you start it :
- Mac4Lin, this is a Gnome Mac theme package, an installation bash script has been included.
- gnome2-globalmenu, just install it from Ubuntu repository.
- Avant Windows Navigator (AWN), it’s for displaying a dock on your desktop.
- Some Firefox addons.
Let’s start the customization!
1. Download Mac4Lin from Sourceforge, there is also available Mac wallpapers.
Extract the package somewhere in your drive, and get in to extracted directory, then execute the installation file Mac4Lin_Install_v1.0.sh . Install this package with your user account, don’t use root access.
2. Install gnome2-globalmenu, it will show a Mac style on your gnome panel.
Insert this repository source in the sources.list file and import the PPA’s key. Or use Synaptic Package Manager, go to the Settings->Repositories. Go to Othe Software tab to insert software sources, and Authentication tab to import PPA’s key.
Software sources :
PPA’s key (right click, save link as) :
$sudo su apt-get install gnome-globalmenu
3. Install AWN from Synaptic Package Manager, search for it and click install. Then, run the AWN, make it automatically start on boot.
Just run on Terminal :
$sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator
4. Install Firefox addons to make your Firefox looks like Safari.
- Fission -> It moves the progress bar to address bar.
- Omnibar -> Make address bar as search bar.
- Foxdie -> Mac theme for Firefox
- VFox3 -> Mac theme for Firefox too (You can choose one of them)
To change Gnome logo with Apple logo, download the following image.
Make 4 copies of this image, then rename to : distributor-logo.png, gnome-main-menu.png, main-menu.png and start-here.png. Then, copy those files to [home-directory]/.icons/Mac4Lin_Icons_v1.0/scalable/places. (Ctrl+H to display hidden files). Replace all if noticed.
Press Alt+F2 and run gconf-editor. Go to apps->metacity->general, double click on button_layout and insert this value close,maximize,minimize:menu.
One more that you have to do, Mac windows is identical with borderless. So, change the windows border size. Go to [home-directory]/.themes/Mac4Lin_GTK_Aqua_v1.0/metacity-1, edit metacity-theme-1.xml file and search for this section :
Change the bottom_height value to 1.
UPDATE : There is another way to make your Ubuntu look like Mac, read in this post!