Give your Ubuntu desktop a stunning new look with GTK themes, free icon packs, Conky, visual customisation tools, desktop wallpapers and more – all of which you’ll find featured below.
Reader Ryan Davies dropped this little treat in my inbox recently - a GNOME-Shell theme based on the design of this very website!
Popular icon set 'Faenza' has been updated to support Ubuntu 12.10. New icons for Ubuntu One Music and Ubuntu Online Accounts have been added, and new designs debut for Twitter, Spotify and Contact
Last week we (somewhat light-heartedly) wondered whether Ubuntu's minimize icon should be changed from a horizontal line to a vertical one so as to match the area of the screen it now affects. Not every agreed; some even felt short-changed at being "forced" to waste their time reading "blog filler". But a number of you thought: "Hey! This makes sense!".
Nitrux-umd - our Ubuntu friendly spinoff of the minimal 'Nitrux' icon theme has been updated with a variety of new icons and bugfixes.
We all like to spice our Ubuntu desktops up now and again, and the easiest way to do it is by changing the icon theme. Nitrux is a new squared icon set for Linux that sports clean lines, smooth gradients, and simple icon logos.
A revamped version of Ubuntu's default GTK theme landed in Ubuntu 12.10 yesterday. If you're not running Ubuntu 12.10 you may be feeling left out. But you don't need to be as the theme and its engine can be used in Ubuntu 12.04 - and here's how.
A refreshed icon theme has landed in Lubuntu 12.10. The set, named 'Box', remains in keeping with the elementary-based icon theme Lubuntu has used as default in previous releases.
"Arrrgh" cried the perfectionist Ubuntu user when looking at his screen, "My window borders look awful!" If you are using Ubuntu's default Ambiance theme then you, like the exaggerated exmaple user above, have jagged window corners on your windows. It's not a big deal for most (cue comments of 'I never noticed") but for others it... well it irks....
Unity Glass is a third-party "tweak" for Unity's Launcher tiles that can add a refined new look to your desktop. It replaces the default 'square' image tiles using by Unity with rounder versions that are in keeping with the shape of the BFB.
Ubuntu introduced a minor ew theme change for 12.04 - that of making right-click menus inherit the dominant tone of the 'parent' window.
Unity's 'chameleonic' colour matching feature is great at giving the Ubuntu desktop to give your desktop a subtle but consistent feel. It takes the 'average' colour of your desktop wallpaper and uses this to 'tint' the Unity dash, launcher and notification bubbles. But what if it went a bit further and used this colour in the default GTK theme? That 'What if' has now been answered by developer David Callé.
Have you noticed that Ubuntu's default Ambiance theme displays the majority of its menus in a 'light' colour, despite the rest of theme being 'dark'?