Steam For Linux: Download The First Ubuntu-Like Skin

WebUpd8 reader Martin Kozub has created an Ubuntu-like skin for the new Linux Steam client which includes the Ubuntu font, default Ubuntu colors and window buttons (Ambiance), thin scrollbars as well as Ubuntu (Humanity) back and forward icons.
Martin says his skin is incomplete, but, as you can see below, it looks great already:
steam ubuntu

Here’s how Steam for Linux looks like by default:

steam linux

How to install the Ubuntu-like skin for Steam
steam ubuntu
To use this Ubuntu-ish Steam for Linux skin, download it from HERE and extract it into the Steam “skins” folder (you should have a Steam folder in your home directory).
To apply the theme, open the registy.vdf file, which you’ll find in the same Steam installation folder, with a text editor and add the following line under HKCU > Software > Valve > Steam:“SkinV4”

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Highly Customizable, Chameleonic GNOME Shell theme `Elegance Colors` Sees New Release

elegance colors gnome shellElegance Colors, a chameleonic, highly customizable GNOME Shell theme, has been updated today, the new version bringing an option to export a customized theme for later use.
The latest Elegance Colors 0.3 works with GNOME Shell 3.6 and the best thing about it is that the theme changes its colors according to the current GTK theme, wallpaper or an user-defined color. The theme also comes with a configuration tool which can be used to customize it: use light or dak menus, change the panel or menu opacity, font size and other options.
Here are a few examples of customizations supported by Elegance Colors:

elegance colors gnome shellDefault settings, color derived from the wallpaper
elegance colors gnome shellColor based on the current wallpaper, light menu style
elegance colors gnome shellColor derived from the wallpaper, light menu style, smaller font size, 0.2 panel opacity, no panel corner roundness

Besides the option to export a customized theme, Elegance Colors 0.3 also brings more customization options: set gradient size, transition duration and box shadow. Also, in the new version, theme changes are applied instantly.

elegance colors gnome shell
To use the new “Export theme” option, open Elegance Colors Preferences and from the GMenu, select Export theme. The theme will be exported to a .zip file – don’t install it using GNOME Tweak Tool because it will be installed to a location where it doesn’t work. Simply extract it to ~/.themes and you’ll have your new, working custom theme.

How to install and use Elegance Colors GNOME Shell theme
elegance colors gnome shell
The latest Elegance Colors is available in a PPA for Ubuntu 12.10 (GNOME Shell 3.6) users. Add the PPA and install the theme using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colorsThe PPA has Elegance Colors for Ubuntu 12.04 as well, but it’s an older version.

For other Linux distributions, you can download GNOME Shell Elegance Colors theme from DeviantArt.

To use Elegance Colors, you’ll need the User Themes GNOME Shell extension which can be installed via or from the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories:
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions
If you’ve installed the User Themes extensions via GNOME’s website, you’ll need to run the following command for Elegance Colors to work:sudo elegance-colors fix
Once you’ve installed the theme and the User Themes extension, run the following command in a terminal to start the Elegance Colors process, which is used to apply the theme changes:elegance-colorsYou can also simply log out and log back in.

And finally, set the new theme via GNOME Tweak Tool > Theme > Shell theme.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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How To Set Up Compiz In Xubuntu 12.10 Or 12.04

xubuntu compizThis article shows how to set up Compiz in Xubuntu (w/ Xfce) 12.10 or 12.04. I’ve tested the instructions below on Xubuntu 12.10, but they should work on Xubuntu 12.04 as well – there are some minor differences which I’ve explained below.
Before proceeding, please note that to be able to use Compiz, you’ll obviously need a 3D capable graphics card and drivers.
Let’s get started!

How to use Compiz in Xubuntu (w/ Xfce) 12.10 or 12.04
1. Install Compiz, the main Compiz plugins and CompizConfig Settings Manager:sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-plugins compizconfig-settings-manager
2. You’ll also need a tool to change the window titlebar theme (since Metacity will be used). To keep things light and without the need to add any PPAs, we’ll use dconf-editor / gconf-editor in the steps below.
For Ubuntu 12.10, install dconf-tools:
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
xubuntu compiz
Then press ALT + F2 and run: “dconf-editor”, navigate to org > gnome > desktop > vm > preferences and change the “theme” value from “Adwaita” to “Greybird”. Remember this because in the same place you can also change the window button layout, among others.
For Ubuntu 12.04, install gconf-editor:
sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
xubuntu compiz
Then press ALT + F2 and run: “gconf-editor”, navigate to apps > metacity > general and set the “theme” value to “Greybird” (assuming that Graybird theme is installed – and it should since it’s the default theme).
Whenever you want to change the Xubuntu window theme, you’ll have to use dconf-editor / gconf-editor like explained above.

3. Some Compiz plugins MUST be enabled before running Compiz:
Open CompizConfig Settings Manager via Xubuntu’s Settings Manager and activate the following plugins (without these plugins enabled, Compiz won’t work properly): Composite, Gnome Compatibility, OpenGL, Window Decoration, Move Window, Resize Window, Place Windows.
xubuntu compiz
I also suggest enabling these plugins: Expo, Desktop Wall (or Cube), Application Switcher (or Static Application Switcher / Ring Swithcher), Grid and of course, enable any other plugins you like (don’t enable the Unity plugin though!).

You can enable/disable more plugins later on, but the important part is to enable the plugins required for Compiz to work properly, which I’ve mentioned above, before running Compiz for the first time.

4. Let’s start Compiz using the following command:
compiz –replace

5. Add Compiz to Xubuntu startup applications:

At this point, Compiz is up and running but it won’t be used after a system restart. So if you’re satisfied with it, add it start when you login to your Xubuntu session.

To do this, run the following commands:
cp /etc/xdg/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-session.xml ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-session.xml
leafpad ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-session.xml
In the newly opened file in Leafpad, look for the following bolded line (should be on line 14 in Xubuntu 12.10): and replace “xfwm4” with “compiz”. Then log out, log back in and that’s it.

If later on you want to go back to using xfwm4 instead of compiz, open the same file again:
leafpad ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-session.xmlAnd replace “compiz” with “xfwm4”, just like above.

Another way to do this is to (this is not the 100% proper way to do it, but I’ve added it in case the above method doesn’t work for you): open Settings Manager > Session and Startup and on the Application Autostart tab, click “Add”, under “Name” enter “Compiz” and under “Command”, enter “compiz –replace” (both without quotes). You can leave the description field empty.
xubuntu compiz
If later on you don’t want to use Compiz any more, simply remove Compiz from Settings Manager > Session and Startup > Applications Autostart tab, then log out and log back in.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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The Faience Pack Gets A Beautiful New GTK3 Theme, GNOME Shell And Icon Themes Updated

The Faience pack has been updated today with new and improved icons for the icon theme, GNOME Shell 3.6 support for the GS theme and there’s also a beautiful new GTK3 theme.
faience icon theme
New in Faience icon theme 0.5:
New design for the desktop, remote desktop, wallpaper, GDM setup, session properties, Terminal, Xterm, Twitter, Spotify and adressbook iconsUpdated blue folders colorIcons for the system settings categories on Ubuntu

The Faience GNOME Shell theme has been updated as well, and it now supports GNOME Shell 3.6 (for GNOME Shell 3.4, use the old theme version as this one won’t work!):
faience gnome shell theme

The GTK3 / Metacity theme will probably remind you of the beautiful Equinox GTK2 themes, designed by the same Tiheum, which were very popular in the GTK2 era, but weren’t updated for GTK3. Here’s the new Faience GTK theme which includes GTK3 (GTK 3.6), GTK2 and Metacity themes:
faience gtk theme
faience gtk theme
There’s also a dark Faience GTK theme, used by the applications that specifically request a dark theme (like EOG for instance), which can be forced by using GNOME Tweak Tool (Theme > Enable dark theme for all applications), but the dark window titlebar is only available for GNOME Shell so in other desktop environments, you’ll get a dark theme with a light titlebar.
Here’s how the dark Faience GTK theme looks like in GNOME Shell:
faience gtk theme dark

The Faenza icon theme has been updated as well and includes:
New app icons: UbuntuOne Music, Ubuntu Online AccountsNew design for Twitter, Spotify and Addressbook iconsIcons for the system settings categories on Ubuntu

Install Faience pack and Faenza icon theme in Ubuntu
To add the official Faience / Faenza PPA in Ubuntu, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
Then, to install the Faience icon theme, use the following command:
sudo apt-get install faience-icon-theme
To install Faience GTK3 and GNOME Shell themes, use (for GNOME 3.6 only!):
sudo apt-get install faience-theme
And finally, to install the Faenza icon theme:
sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

To change the icon theme, GTK theme or GNOME Shell theme, install an application like GNOME Tweak Tool (for the GNOME Shell theme you’ll also need the User Themes extension).
For other Linux distributions, you’ll find download links below:
Faience icon themeFaience GNOME Shell and GTK3 themesFaenza icon theme

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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    Download GNOME 3 Adwaita Theme For Firefox

    Adwaita for Firefox is a theme designed to integrate Firefox with Adwaita, the default GNOME 3 theme. The theme features GNOME 3 like tabs, a toolbar like the one used in the latest GNOME 3.6 and many other tweaks.

    firefox adwaita theme

    Adwaita theme for Firefox 15 has been released recently and was submitted to but it hasn’t been approved yet so for now, you can get it from GitHub. To install it, download the .xpi file, then drag and drop it from Nautilus onto the Firefox window.
    For a full GNOME 3.6 experience, you may also want to install HTile, an extension which hides the Firefox titlebar when the window is maximized, just like the new behaviour for the default GNOME 3 applications.

    via +Garrett LeSage

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