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RubenGonc
October 27th, 2005, 11:04 PM
Ok, this is just a short "how to" that explains what needs to be changed to make Ubuntu...blue:P

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:P

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:

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=82835

2-And now...GDM

To make GDM look blue...you have to install a blue theme of course:P You can choice any theme you want...but I sugest:

BlueBuntu - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=28852

Human Blue - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=29032

ubuntu / ximian gdm - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=24143

Ubuntu-Smooth - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=22029

Ubuntu-Etiquette GDM - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?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:


sudo gdmsetup

Choose the "Graphical greeter" tab and click 'Install New Theme'. Navigate to the location of the tarball.

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:


sudo gdmsetup

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.

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

Install gnome-splashscreen-manager:

At a terminal type:


sudo apt-get install gnome-splashscreen-manager

Than download one theme.I sugest:

Ubuntu-Smooth-Splash (to go with Ubuntu-Smooth GDM theme) - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=22030

HumanBlue (to go with Human Blue GDM theme) - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=29030

bluebuntu splash (to go with Bluebuntu GDM theme) - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=28887

Ubuntu Joy - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?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/show.php?content=25060

Red Hat Bluecurve:

khad post at ubuntuforums:


The 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:

http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/development/i386/Fedora/RPMS/

As of this writing, the current RPM is 0.120-1.2:

http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/development/i386/Fedora/RPMS/redhat-artwork-0.120-1.2.i386.rpm

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.

Go to Computer->Desktop Preferences->Theme
To install a theme drop an down it to the window.
Choose any theme you want to use.

6-Wallpapers:

Basse-Ubuntu - http://art.ubuntu.com/backgrounds/ubuntu/49

Simple Ubuntu - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=29323

CleanUbuntu - http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=28449

7-If you want a Grub splash screen:

http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=29962



Ok...that's it. Hope you enjoy it.

majikstreet
October 28th, 2005, 12:43 AM
UBluetu rocks!

Thanks :)

Rinnan
October 28th, 2005, 12:51 AM
I'm looking for the opposite -- how to make Kubuntu brown.

I've seen Human-Creamy or whatever it's called, but it looks awful, much worse than the normal Human theme in Ubuntu. So seriously, is there some kind of plugin for KDE or QT that lets it use GTK+ themes?

RubenGonc
October 28th, 2005, 01:05 AM
I'm looking for the opposite -- how to make Kubuntu brown.

I've seen Human-Creamy or whatever it's called, but it looks awful, much worse than the normal Human theme in Ubuntu. So seriously, is there some kind of plugin for KDE or QT that lets it use GTK+ themes?

Look at this:

http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=25389

Hope it helps ;)

RubenGonc
October 28th, 2005, 01:12 AM
You can also try this one:

http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=21720

ewz
October 28th, 2005, 01:31 AM
hey cool, clearlooks =Quicksilver Theme for me
and Crystal for Gnome for my icons but the one thing I was missing A good looking GDM Theme Thanks Bro :cool:

gmc
October 28th, 2005, 03:46 PM
This is a great HOWTO. I really like the blue themes much better than the standard brown. Although applying these changes are not quite as polished as the standard brown. I'm hoping that some of the Ubuntu artists and developers will get together and create a single application that can make all these changes and add a little spit'n'polish to a blue theme. The standard brown theme in Breezy really is spiffy, when you compare it to Hoary.

Great Job!

G.

ubuntu_demon
October 28th, 2005, 03:57 PM
I moved this thread to the Gnome howto section.

jackmacokc
October 28th, 2005, 05:05 PM
Man! awesome thread. Looks so much better!!! Thanks for all your work on those themes.

landotter
October 28th, 2005, 05:12 PM
I've seen Human-Creamy or whatever it's called

Is Human-Creamy like Human-Crunchy?

:p

LOL

derrick1985
October 28th, 2005, 05:22 PM
This is a GREAT howto.

I love this. I get the look of KDE (which I like) in my Favourite Desktop Environment (Gnome)

Thanks!

dude2425
October 29th, 2005, 02:07 AM
Nice guide. This one and the usplash recolor inspired me to write one on my own. I've written a little readme and included a bunch of stuff with it in an archive. It's a nice olive color, although, what I did was recolor most of the default stuff and used it to replace the original stuff. Now everything is a neet-o olive green. Add that to the olive green usplash theme that SilentCacophony was kind enough to make upon request, and you've got yourself an greenbuntu or some other cornier play on the whole *buntu thing like majikstreet did for his ubluentu.

Mine will include a modified beep-media-player skin, and a modified distributer-logo.png. I enjoy green, and I hope others do too. I'm thinking of adding more color's to it, and then letting the user choose which color scheme he/she wants with a simple script that takes care of all the installation and permisions and stuff on its own. I'm uploading it now to rapidshare.de, so it might be quite a few minutes before I edit this post with what I've got so far. I still hadn't gotten to the credits, or version numbers, or anything real readme'ish like that, but it should be coming, if ofcourse, I can maintain it and not just forget all about it like everything else I do.

EDIT: Jeez, finaly. My upload to rapidshare.de is finaly finished, and now you can download green. I love green. And books. They smell good. Good is good. It's like a book. They smell good. I've been waiting too long.

http://rapidshare.de/files/6899329/Olive.tar.gz.html

zencoder
October 29th, 2005, 05:35 AM
Thanks! I've followed this and changed a lot, but I still can't get the Gnome spash screen to change. I've changed the brown background color, but I can't get the splash image to change. Any thoughts on where I should place the file? I've got it in /usr/share/gdm with world read permission.

RubenGonc
October 29th, 2005, 05:37 PM
Thanks! I've followed this and changed a lot, but I still can't get the Gnome spash screen to change. I've changed the brown background color, but I can't get the splash image to change. Any thoughts on where I should place the file? I've got it in /usr/share/gdm with world read permission.


4-Now let's change the splash screen

Install gnome-splashscreen-manager:

At a terminal type:

Quote:
sudo apt-get install gnome-splashscreen-manager

Than download one theme.I sugest:

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.


I am working in a new GDM theme..I will upload this soon.

Thank you for like this How To. :)

RubenGonc
October 29th, 2005, 05:55 PM
Here is my new theme (Ubuntu-Alphacube) based on Alphacube by CiccioBueo :)


Make sugestions and give me your opinions!

canadianwriterman
October 29th, 2005, 06:09 PM
This was a great HOWTO and everything worked. The only problem is with the login window. The entry area for the username and password is only a tiny slit. I can type in it, but I can't see what I'm typing. Is there any way to expand the entry area? Thanks.

RubenGonc
October 29th, 2005, 06:18 PM
This was a great HOWTO and everything worked. The only problem is with the login window. The entry area for the username and password is only a tiny slit. I can type in it, but I can't see what I'm typing. Is there any way to expand the entry area? Thanks.


What theme are you using?

canadianwriterman
October 29th, 2005, 06:59 PM
What theme are you using?

It's the Ubuntu Smooth greeter.

RubenGonc
October 30th, 2005, 05:39 PM
It's the Ubuntu Smooth greeter.

Report the bug in the gnome-look.org Ubuntu Smooth webpage.

JurB
November 2nd, 2005, 09:58 PM
Thanks great HowTo!
Man, i love Linux :)

christooss
November 6th, 2005, 11:21 AM
Any ideas how to make ubuntu olive greeen

Compatible with this usplash

dude2425
November 6th, 2005, 03:14 PM
Any ideas how to make ubuntu olive greeen

Compatible with this usplash

Psst...
*points


http://rapidshare.de/files/6899329/Olive.tar.gz.html

That's what I've got on my box right now. Feel free to change anything you like in it, and all credits go to the owners of all the files I included with the archive. It's just a compilation of great pieces that make one larger greatness.

christooss
November 6th, 2005, 04:44 PM
Hm silly question. How can I now install theme? And icons?

christooss
November 6th, 2005, 05:07 PM
Forget my question. These theme is freakin great. THANK YOU

christooss
November 6th, 2005, 05:08 PM
WIth your permission I will make a new how-to with some scripts included.

Zed
November 9th, 2005, 10:17 AM
You can also make the Ubuntu icon in the gnome panel blue (as seen here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=25625&postcount=6).)



wget http://ubuntu.spymac.net/blugnome-logo-icon-tran.png
sudo mv /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/distributor-logo.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/distributor-logo.png.bak
sudo cp blugnome-logo-icon-tran.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/distributor-logo.png


If you'd like the original back:



sudo mv /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/distributor-logo.png.bak /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/distributor-logo.png
killall gnome-panel


(Thanks to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=75034 for reminding me how to do that.)

dude2425
November 10th, 2005, 01:49 AM
WIth your permission I will make a new how-to with some scripts included.

Go right ahead, you're more than welcome to do what you wish for it, as long as no green slips of paper or shiny little flattened spheres of metal are involved in any way. The stuff in there isn't mine though, so try your best to give credit where true credit is due (or just say "credit goes to the respective owners of all the files in this how-to" or something. I am pretty sure that works. If not, waggle a chicken over your head and chant three times "Credit to the owners." I know for a fact that that will work flawlessly.)

phux
November 30th, 2005, 09:30 PM
hmm i kind of messed up my boot screen...
doesnt display anything anymore... just a white cursor, not even blinking (frozen screen) till login-screen

any idea?
system: ubuntu 5.10 with gnome.
did everything as shown in "HOWTO: Change the default usplash colors"

Danielle
November 30th, 2005, 10:09 PM
hi, i can't see the places you mention to go to after the sudo gdmsetup commands are they in the screenshot? sorry for being abit slow :(

exodus
March 26th, 2006, 02:06 PM
bloody cool post m8!!! i love ubuntu..

yang_hui1986527
April 1st, 2006, 12:35 PM
i like it very much..

erik_boi
April 9th, 2006, 01:04 AM
hmm i kind of messed up my boot screen...
doesnt display anything anymore... just a white cursor, not even blinking (frozen screen) till login-screen

any idea?
system: ubuntu 5.10 with gnome.
did everything as shown in "HOWTO: Change the default usplash colors"

I had the same problem after copying and pasting the commands. I thought I had done everything right. Anyhoo, to fix it I simply put the commands in again, rebooted, and it showed right up.

I also managed to screw up grub when installing the grub splash. It tried to load failed, and rebooted over and over. I wasn't paying attention when I told it to load the image from the first partion which on my computer is widows. I managed to fix this with the live cd.

I finally have everything working and it is great, thanks.

brentroos
August 8th, 2006, 05:52 PM
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loserboy
August 8th, 2006, 11:27 PM
I've seen Human-Creamy

lmao

brentroos
September 24th, 2006, 10:36 PM
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Ingla
January 19th, 2007, 02:37 PM
Hi.

Any new blue images for the Dapper "3D look" boot screen and log-in?