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geyids
February 8th, 2009, 02:57 PM
Hi.
I want to customise Ubuntu but I haven't tried it before, where I'm supposed to start? which languages do I need to know? Which software do I need to have? How hard is it (with interest)?.

Thanks

Tomosaur
February 8th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Hi.
I want to customise Ubuntu but I haven't tried it before, where I'm supposed to start? which languages do I need to know? Which software do I need to have? How hard is it (with interest)?.

Thanks


Well, it depends what you're trying to do!

Got any particular customisations you want to make?

geyids
February 8th, 2009, 04:05 PM
I want to add my add and remove some softwares, add something on the Ubuntu Logo when its booting up or change the name. something like that. Just to make it mine

Tomosaur
February 8th, 2009, 04:18 PM
I want to add my add and remove some softwares, add something on the Ubuntu Logo when its booting up or change the name. something like that. Just to make it mine

Ah well you don't really need to do any programming for that stuff.

To add and remove software, just click the Applications menu and then choose 'Add / Remove'. In the program which loads up, you just untick software to remove it, or tick them to install them. Click apply and enter your password when it asks, and the new software will be downloaded while the old stuff gets removed :)

To change the boot logo thing is a bit trickier, but it's not too difficult:
The screen with 'Ubuntu' and the orange progress bar uses what are called 'usplash' themes. You will need to find one you want (check out http://www.gnome-look.org). This article will tell you how to do it: http://geekybits.blogspot.com/2007/11/installing-new-usplash-themes-in-ubuntu.html.

You can also make your own usplash theme if you really want to, but it's a bit fiddly and I can't remember exactly how to do it. A bit of googling will help you out though :)

Changing icons and all that kind of stuff depends on the software in question - so you'll have to do a bit of searching and just replace the default icons. You could also just download an icon-pack from gnome-look and modify it to suit your own taste.



If you want to build an installable version of Ubuntu (so you dont need to re-customise it all again when you get a new computer or whatever) - you can use Reconstructor (http://reconstructor.aperantis.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=37).

Hope that helps!

geyids
February 9th, 2009, 06:01 AM
Thanks I have tried Reconstructor and its really nice, I have also got these https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomization which looks like has better options but the compilation took over my machine memory so I didn't finish.
Thanks again