Ok, this is just a short "how to" that explains what needs to be changed to make Ubuntu...blue
You may be wondering why I am writting this...well...because there are much people that don't likes the native brown look and feel...
Of course you may use whatever wallpapers, themes, etc you want...here I will just make sugestions...
My english may not be very good so sorry bout that
1-OK..so we will start..from the beginning..the boot splash: usplash.
How can we make it look blue?
There is an how to covering that already so you can take a look here:
To make GDM look blue...you have to install a blue theme of course You can choice any theme you want...but I sugest:
BlueBuntu - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=28852
Human Blue - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=29032
ubuntu / ximian gdm - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=24143
Ubuntu-Smooth - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=22029
Ubuntu-Etiquette GDM - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=18928
Ubluentu - Theme made by me (Based in ximian gdm). You can find it at the end of this post.
You may download more themes at gnome-look.org.
To install a GDM theme:
At a terminal, type:
Choose the "Graphical greeter" tab and click 'Install New Theme'. Navigate to the location of the tarball.sudo gdmsetup
Select the newly installed theme and close.
TIP: You may change GDM themes background unpacking the theme and then placing some image that you want in place of the default. Then pack the theme again (tar.gz it) and install it.
3-Next thing...change the backgroud color that appears while splash screen is shown:
At a terminal, type:
Choose the "Standard greeter" tab and at the bottom choose the color that you want to use. I sugest you to use one that goes well with your wallpaper.sudo gdmsetup
Close the GDM setup.
Now....right-click on your desktop and choose "Change wallpaper". At the color selector choose the same color you have choosed in the GDM setup (you may copy the values).
4-Now let's change the splash screen
At a terminal type:
Than download one theme.I sugest:sudo apt-get install gnome-splashscreen-manager
Ubuntu-Smooth-Splash (to go with Ubuntu-Smooth GDM theme) - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=22030
HumanBlue (to go with Human Blue GDM theme) - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=29030
bluebuntu splash (to go with Bluebuntu GDM theme) - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=28887
Ubuntu Joy - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=30020
Many others in gnome-look.org.
To install go to Computer->Prefs->Splash Screen
Click "Install" button Navigate to the location of the picture you want to use. Then "Activate" it.
5-Window Border (Metacity) theme:
Clearlooks default theme - "apt-get install gtk2-engines-clearlooks" and you may now install themes that use clearlooks engine
SystemG - http://art.gnome.org/themes/metacity/778
Chiro - http://art.gnome.org/themes/metacity/1026
Clearbox - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=25060
Red Hat Bluecurve:
khad post at ubuntuforums:
Go to Computer->Desktop Preferences->ThemeThe easiest way to get Bluecurve in my opinion is directly from the Fedora project Web site. You also get the latest version of it.
Download the "redhat-artwork" RPM from:
As of this writing, the current RPM is 0.120-1.2:
In the directory you downloaded the RPM, run this command:
sudo alien -i redhat-artwork*
That's all there is to it. Run one command and a single file you download, and it is the latest version directly from the Fedora project.
To install a theme drop an down it to the window.
Choose any theme you want to use.
Basse-Ubuntu - http://art.ubuntu.com/backgrounds/ubuntu/49
Simple Ubuntu - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=29323
CleanUbuntu - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=28449
7-If you want a Grub splash screen:
Ok...that's it. Hope you enjoy it.