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Jan Komadowski Zielona Gora, Poland
Various Gnome Theming

Various Gnome Theming 315 comments

Score 75.8%
Nov 15 2010
Sorry for the break, but I had a lot of work. I'm back, so maybe the new version?

Unfortunately, I have a few bad news for those who expect great changes from Macbuntu. The interface remains the same, it means that Unity will be disabled. I love Compiz 3D Cube and I can not live without it ;)

Three different types of installations:
1. Minimal - Standard options, Compiz is disabled,
2. Standard - like Mac OS X, Desktop Wall,
3. Max - Full Compiz support, 3D Cube, Wobbly Windows, Scale, etc.

What's new in version 2.4:
- Nautilus Elementary,
- Macbuntu GTK theme based on KDE4-Oxygen and GTK Leopard,
- Docky or Cairo-Dock,
- Glippy,
- Screensavers,

- Google Gadgets,
- Gloobus Preview,

If disable of Unity, you think is a bad idea, or you have some cool ideas, I'm waiting for suggestions :)

- May 05 2011

What do you talkin' about?! Relax.

I have MacBook and iPhone too, and the world still exists :P

I think, I love Linux more that you can imagine.

- Jan 14 2011
The theme color is exactly the same as in MacOSX. MacOSX has a different color palette, and therefore looks different. I do not know how to change the palette and if at all possible.

In Macbuntu SVN there is a newer version of the theme (based as always on GTK Leopard), you can download it in this way

svn co ~/macbuntu-svn/Macbuntu/themes/Macbuntu

It looks like this

- Dec 27 2010
The script automatically checks for architecture.

- Dec 27 2010
Thanks, I will examine it. Although in the new version NE will be installed by default, so, I certainly will test better :)

- Nov 26 2010
At the beginning, what is the problem? Can you write something more? I am working on Nautilus Elementary and noticed any complex problems.

- Nov 26 2010
Previous version? 10.10 (v2.3) is the first version with Application Menu as default Global Menu. Do not fully understand, can you send a screenshot?

Also, you can install Gnome GlobalMenu known from version 10.04 (v2.3 & <), here is the patch:

- Nov 21 2010
This does not happen often, but it happens.

These are mostly problems with graphic performance. Disable Compiz or reset the settings helps, system reinstall is no need :|

Sorry about that.

- Nov 19 2010
Should work if the effects are enabled.

Please import this Compiz profile

- Nov 19 2010
That's right. If theme which you use isn't installed in /usr/share/themes

Copy the theme to the above folder.

sudo cp ~/.themes/THEME_NAME /usr/share/themes/

- Nov 19 2010
In relation to the problem of Eclipse, please read this or install "Gnome GlobalMenu patch for Macbuntu 10.10".

Compiz should be working, but...
To run Compiz effects, you need to install / upgrade your video drivers (System -> Administration -> Additional drivers) and turn on animation (System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Visual effects).

- Nov 14 2010
Let me know if u was also working properly

- Nov 14 2010
Recently top question: How to install Gnome GlobalMenu in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)?

So, we have many problems with the new global menu (Application Menu Indicator). That is why, I prepared script which installs G2 Global Menu, known from the Macbuntu 10.04 for Ubuntu 10.10.

$ wget -O /tmp/g2gm.tar.gz && tar xzvf /tmp/g2gm.tar.gz -C /tmp && /tmp/g2gm/

The script installs and configures G2GM (

Yeah, now is back the good old global menu :)


- Nov 14 2010
Macbuntu latest version is dated 2010-10-13, Oct 16 was amended descriptions.

I will compare the different versions 2.3 & 2.3Alpha and check if there were any specific changes.

An interesting thing for me on the updated Ubuntu version from 10.04 to 10.10 also worked smoothly, only the pure instance, without the old configuration files slowed considerably.

- Nov 05 2010
Wow, nice.

You see there is no professional hand in the project ;) maybe for a change, Mac OS X like theme? I saw your work, and I have to say it is polished

- Nov 05 2010
Did you install the drivers for your graphics card and Compiz is enabled in Apparance Preferences -> Visual Effects?

In Ubuntu 10.10 NVidia drivers do not operate delightful, at least for me. On the ATI chip works better.

On the NVidia cards Docky do not work properly too, everything hang a little. I use on the machine Cairo-Dock and it whizzes, you can try:

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock

- Nov 03 2010
Interesting. Try to reinstall macbuntu and then uninstall again. Please wait until the entire installation process will end. Do not restart the system.

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


But before you do that set the proper permissions to the files. Is it possible that you do not have the rights?

sudo chown andrew -R .macbuntu/

- Nov 03 2010
I think this will help solve the problem:

rm -f ~/.macbuntu/current

echo "10.10-2.3" > ~/.macbuntu/current


- Nov 01 2010

please open CompizConfig Settings Manager then go to Windows Managment -> Scale and disable or change keyboard shortcut for Initiate Window Picker For All Windows

- Oct 28 2010
When we start the PPA, it will be possible to configure each elements of the theme. Meanwhile, you can install individual components manually without running the script.

- Oct 26 2010
I will try to add extra size icons as soon as posible.

There are two folders Macbuntu-Icons/status/16 and Macbuntu-Icons/status/22 in these directories you will find stock_weather icons.

You can also copy higher resolution icons from the stock theme: /usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/status

cp /usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/status/stock_weather* ~/.icons/Macbuntu-Icons/status/scalable/

cp /usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/status/weather* ~/.icons/Macbuntu-Icons/status/scalable/

- Oct 21 2010
At this point I do not have access to Ubuntu 10.10. Can you check this solution?

I think that this is the same problem.


- Oct 21 2010
Do you hit the enter in Terminal window or Nautilus? Make sure that terminal window is focused.

You can check file permissions. "Allow executing file as program" must be checked.

- Oct 19 2010
GTK theme is eligible for a full rebuild. Meanwhile, you can hash the following lines in the gtkrc (~/.themes/Macbuntu/gtk-2.0/gtkrc).

class "*Toolbar" style "toolbar"
widget_class "*Toolbar" style "toolbar"

Unfortunately, it affects other applications.

- Oct 18 2010
Bug in Docky

This is possible solution to the problem:

I have tested and works.

- Oct 18 2010
To be able to uninstall Macbuntu you must use the uninstaller from the package you have already installed.

installed version:
cat ~/.macbuntu/current

~/.macbuntu/$(cat ~/.macbuntu/current)/

- Oct 18 2010
I'm talking about Cairo-Docks MacOSX theme by Lord Northam.

- Oct 17 2010
I found it. There is a bug in MacOSX theme. Indicator image path (/home/fab/.config/cairo-dock/current_theme/indicator.png) is incorrect, should be only indicator.png or full path to custom image.

- Oct 16 2010

It is Cairo-Dock? How to turn on opened application indicator?

- Oct 16 2010
There is a very bad error in the Application Menu. Some apps lose their usefulness due to the lack of access to the menu. One of these applications is Eclipse.

To recover the menu we have to create for own space with UBUNTU_MENUPROXY environment variable set to 0.

Make a script called Eclipse on your desktop and put this:


After that always if you run this script eclipse will regain its menu.

One thing, change the path ~/Programs/eclipse/ on your own path to the eclipse.

Here is my:

- Oct 16 2010
Here is the address of the vote:

You can always use the links at the top.

The poll is not working correctly, you can put only one on the page, lol. Until I will not solve this, there will be only one.

- Oct 15 2010
Thanks for your comments and suggestions. This project is all of you and is open for any suggestions, which improves it.

You talking about Nautilus-Elementary. I agree that the standard Nautilus does not look interesting with Macbuntu.

We can vote, and if the majority votes in favor of Nautilus-Elementary, it will be included in the next version.

Same with Cairo-Dock, I get many requests to join the dock to the project instead of Docky. Also we vote and see which program you like more.

I will look for where we can prepare a poll.

- Oct 15 2010
Any error during installation?

Seems that the installation did not complete correctly. At the end script saves the current version to ~/.macbuntu/current, if the file do not exists you can not uninstall. The message is displayed: "Failed. The script is not able to determine what version is currently installed..."

I assume that if the file does not exist, nothing is installed. So better to abort the whole process. Is it good? Yes.

The problem is, what happend that the file was not saved. An error or maybe the installation is aborted?

- Oct 15 2010

There is a problem in the gtk theme. I need to fix the whole theme, meanwhile, you can disable panel.rc in gtkrc.

1. Open theme gtkrc
gedit ~/.themes/Macbuntu/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

2. Remove or # the /include "panel.rc"/ line (line no: 20)

You can change now the background inage to transparent one, ie. "panel-bg-trans.png" included in theme Panel folder ~/.themes/Macbuntu/gtk-2.0/Panel/

- Oct 14 2010
Something is wrong with the cursor. Not exactly known whether this is a problem with compiz, gtk or gnome. Here is the thread:

The solution to this problem, is associated with changing the default system cursor:

My way (work for me):
sudo mv /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme /usr/share/icons/default/-index.theme.backup

Get it back:
sudo mv /usr/share/icons/default/-index.theme.backup /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme

- Oct 14 2010
PPA will be available soon, the visual installer/configurator will be much safer than a bash script.

- Oct 13 2010
There was a two known problems in scripts.

First problem in
- Wrongly interpreted a choice of fonts, therefore, instead of gbk was installed the latin font and vice versa.

Second problem in
During the uninstall process was selected library, which should not be removed. A moment of inattention could lead to remove the applications associated with the library libqtgui4, this could be: gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, skype, virtualbox, vlc

Thx to sendblink23 for a "warning".

Do not trust me implicitly, also I may be wrong :)

- Oct 13 2010
I updated the package. Uninstall script is fixed, ie. no longer removes the libqtgui4 library and applications using it.

I know that I caused you this problem, but thanks to you other people will be avoid these problems :)


- Oct 13 2010
You're right, something has changed a lot apps depends on libqtgui4.

gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly liba52-0.7.4 libaudio2 libcddb2 libdvbpsi6 libebml2 libicns1 libid3tag0 libiso9660-7 liblastfm0
libmad0 libmatroska2 libmpeg2-4 libopencore-amrnb0 libopencore-amrwb0 libphonon4 libqt4-dbus libqt4-network libqt4-opengl libqt4-sql
libqt4-sql-mysql libqt4-sql-sqlite libqt4-webkit libqt4-xml libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libqtwebkit4 libsidplay1 libtar libtwolame0 libupnp3
libva-x11-1 libvcdinfo0 libvlc5 libvlccore4 libx264-98 libxcb-keysyms1 libxcb-randr0 libxcb-shape0 libxcb-xv0 libxine1 libxine1-bin
libxine1-console libxine1-misc-plugins libxine1-x phonon phonon-backend-xine projectm-data python-bugbuddy python-evince
python-gnomedesktop python-gtop python-mediaprofiles python-metacity python-totem-plparser skype virtualbox-3.2 vlc vlc-data vlc-nox
vlc-plugin-notify vlc-plugin-pulse

I need to change the script, because it is possible that more people do not read the message :(

- Oct 13 2010
I never use this applet :)
I need to add some additional monochrome icons.

Thx for the tip, I will do it.

- Oct 13 2010
LOL. I have no clue what you did. The script does not have the power to uninstall this stuff :)

You have to read before you something uninstall.

This is what the script do:
sudo apt-get autoremove docky ubuntu-tweak appmenu-gtk libqtgui4 indicator-applet-appmenu indicator-appmenu

Everything has been installed by the script, However, possible that your software depending on the libqtgui4 library. I do not believe that the program does not show an appropriate message. The program did it, displays a message which software will be uninstalled and you have chosen Yes (Y)

What can I say, think about what you do, read before you agree, do not trust anyone! Even to me ;) Have fun :)

- Oct 13 2010
The gtk theme, I gotta fix it.
Progress bar looked good in 10.04, but in Maverick wrapping terribly.

Re. 2. I do not understand what you mean. Firefox opens java plugin without question, or something like that? Have you new installed Ubuntu or it was an upgrade? Certainly it has nothing to do with Macbuntu.

- Oct 13 2010
Yes that's right, Application Menu isn't perfect. We have to wait for the patch, here you can keep track,

- Oct 13 2010
Looks like you did not install properly. To uninstall, you need known what version you installed, then make folder ".macbuntu" in your home directory, there create a file named "current" (case sensitive) with the following content: "10.10-2.3" for Macbuntu 10.10 version 2.3.

At the end run ./ from the package you have downloaded.

Command for 10.10-2.3:
mkdir ~/.macbuntu/
echo 10.10-2.3 > ~/.macbuntu/current

- Oct 13 2010
Nothing missed, it should work. Can you choose the font manually? If not, then the script failed to install.
You must have:
.fonts.conf file in home directory
/mac folder in /usr/share/fonts/ directory

if not please install manually, Lucida Grande fonts are located in the macbuntu package /fonts/latin or /fonts/gbk

- Oct 12 2010
This is strange, I do not know what it is, but I will find an answer. Meanwhile, please reset Compiz settings to default then set animations manually. Sorry.

- Oct 12 2010
Unfortunately, you're right :), it does not look good. I'll try to fix these flaws as soon as I can.

I do not have too much experience in creating syntactically correct gtk themes, but I promise that I will try :)

Thanks for the info

- Oct 11 2010
"selfmade/assembled/collected/hacked" sounds nice ;)

I will add 96x96 view-refresh.png, but I think may be something in connection with your s/a/c/h theme :)
by default, firefox gets icons from the actions/gtk folder or at least should.

Thanks for the info

- Oct 11 2010
It looks bad. Strange, the script changes only Compiz profile, does not changes any hardware settings.

Please try to reset Compiz settings to default profile, open CompizConfig Settings Manager, go to Preferences and reset profile to default values by pressing "Reset to default".

Terminal way:
nohup metacity --replace > /dev/null &
gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz
nohup compiz --replace >/dev/null &

Here is my Compiz profile, works with two screens in TwinView & Separate X mode on NVidia GeForce:

Same profile works without problems on ATI with TwinView support (Separate X not tested).

- Oct 11 2010
Leopard Dock image for Cairo-Dock

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Score 70.0%
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Hi nice work,

what is your Nautilus mod?

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