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February 26th, 2012, 10:33 AM
Hi ...

I want to transform my Ubuntu 11.04 Natty to look like Mac like people have did it on Youtube and certain transformation packs are also available like Macbuntu ... Any body here knows ho w to....

February 26th, 2012, 10:37 AM
Thread moved to Absolute Beginner Talk.

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February 26th, 2012, 11:02 AM
or use Pear OS (i think it's ubuntu based)

February 26th, 2012, 01:42 PM
Go to


and look for Gnome 2 themes that will look like Mac. You need GTK2 theme, Metacity theme and Icon theme. You may also want to install Avat Windows Navigator that will give you a Mac-like panel.

Frogs Hair
February 26th, 2012, 04:34 PM
Here are some links . Macbuntu is now an operating system as of 11.04 . I would use the suggestion above because it is much easier to change themes using GTK themes . Removing the transformation packs can be a problem an if you plan to upgrade.





March 11th, 2012, 06:59 AM

March 11th, 2012, 07:43 AM
My current desktop is done in the Mac OS X style. And I've always run my desktop's like that. Granted, it's Ubuntu 11.04 running GNOME 2. Granted, it's not exactly like a Mac, but the style is right.

Full-size screenshot here:

To do it in GNOME 2, I deleted the bottom panel and replaced it with AWN (or Docky, or Cairo dock, whichever you prefer).

On the top left, it's best if you just use a menu icon instead of the usual GNOME 2 Menu (Apps, Places, System). The Mint Menu, which I run, is also great for the upper left corner.

Next to it, place the Global App Menu (Ubuntu 11.04 comes with it installed, but you must place it in the panel). Arrange the rest of your sys tray icons, notification icons, time, etc. Throw a Home folder and mounted volumes on the desktop, make sure you're using a theme that has the window icons on the left instead of the right (Ubuntu's Ambiance and Radiance themes have it by default) and you have yourself a Mac OS X style interface.

Like I said, it's not exactly like a Mac, but it works wonders without having to download Macbuntu themes or install Pear OS.