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Graphical appearance of Ubuntu Gnome

Posted 03-03-2009 at 07:15 PM by herbie643

I'm an old Windows user who converted to Ubuntu in April 2008 and never looked back. Ubuntu does everything I need to do. Of course I'm just a Desktop user at home, but I've been in computers since 1976 so I have seen quite a few Operating Systems.
Windows, well, it's ok but not great. Very hard to reconfigure the appearance, at least the way I want to. Vista, omg, what a pain.
Ubuntu, a dream. Get all the themes you need from
The point of this entry is, The First Impression.
When a new user installs Ubuntu and wham; what I consider to be a hokey Login screen. Ok, you login and damn, that orange has to go. Now I have heard that Jaunty will be different. It's not released yet, so who knows.
What I did was use later was the gdm-sunrise-theme. Perfectly intune with the Ubuntu flavor. A beautiful, tasteful screen.
Login and I use the wallpaper of the same theme.
Next, get those fonts downsized. 10 is wayyyyyy too big. I use 8pt FreeSans. Now before you say they're too small, I'm almost 66 and wear glasses and have no problem reading anything.
Then customize those colors. I use a hue of brown, more like a lite tan.
Windows are #866C49
Input Boxes #8B6F48
Text Black
Selected #28220C
Selected Text White
Tooltips #866C49
Tooltip Text White
Controls Glossy
Window Border Stasz Full Gold (from metacity)
Icons SudUbuntu
Pointer Obsidian
Since my computer is a laptop the fonts are smoothed (FULL)
No bottom Panel. Top panel is transparent. Consists of
WindowList & Volume Control. Thats it.
I installed gnome-main-menu and changed gconf-editor to use the
Windows Key apps>metacity>global_keybindings>panel_main_menu = Super_L

Configured the F10 key to open panel_run_dialog.

I felt this was no more complicated than Alt+F1 or Alt+F2 and easier too. Now if the new user is from Windows the natural inclination is to use the 'Windows key'. Well it won't do a thing. Now at least the menu comes up.
I could go on with the mods I made, eg. Nautilus-Actions
I added a bunch of my faves to the rightclick. Thanks to Grum for the new or not so new Advanced Actions adding the new x-nautilus-desktop and setting it. Now your new menu items appear.. May have to log off or maybe restart Nautilus.
Well I'm done. Comments, criticisms are welcomed.
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