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    Help Needed Customizing...

    Hey, I'm Blake.

    I'm very new to Ubuntu and Linux (I've actually had it since 8.04 but never used it as my main OS with no windows) and I want to change my desktop from this:

    (edit: see first attached image)

    To this:
    (edit: see second attached image)


    I know only very little things about linux desktop like there are things like Gnome, KDE, etc... And I know I'm running Unity. But I have no idea how to accomplish this.
    I found this website with some information about the theme: http://maketecheasier.com/10-of-the-...ity/2008/11/28 - 1) My Desktop by ramios

    Can any one help?
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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    Any one?

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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    Well, the screenshot that represents what you want to get to is from Ubuntu 7.10, which ran mostly vanilla GNOME (from 5 years ago). The first screenshot you have is from 12.04 or 12.10, which has the Unity interface. So there's your first hurdle - you'll need to get to a more traditional desktop in order to get something that looks like the second screenshot.

    Once you get a more traditional desktop (vanilla GNOME, Mate, Xfce, etc.), then you just need to fiddle with themes, fonts, window manager appearance, and panels.

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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    Could someone point me to resources that could help me with changing to Gnome from Unity.

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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    This can be done. What I've done on my laptop is added the KDE desktop environment, also known as Kubuntu. This works great and so just to keep some variety, I put the XFCE environment on my desktop, also known as Xubuntu. I have had very little time the last couple of days but I have gone from a bone-stock wubi install on 12.04 on my normally Windows 7 computer to this:


    screenshot-10272012-2156 by bigbillhell, on Flickr

    The steps needed to add xubuntu are simple but the way I did it requires entering commands in the terminal.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    Enter your password and let it go through the installation of the XFCE environment. Then you log out (don't reboot, just log out) and when the login screen comes up, click the white circle next to your login name and select Xubuntu session, then log in with your normal password. Now you have xubuntu/xfce installed and running. If you don't like it, you can log back out and back in Unity. Simple, right? You can do the same with Kubuntu (KDE) or Lightweight (LXDE). Other themes like Cinnamon or MATE might be more complicated but I'm saving my learning experiences on those for when I replace my laptop. I have to kill it first, but it's too slow to live, too rare to die.

    Of course you'll probably want to get rid of Unity and any other unwanted DE's later and there are steps you can take to do that. I followed these instructions...

    https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...ct/alternative

    ...then watched some tutorials on YouTube on customizing various other Linuxes like Arch and Mint and Ubuntu...

    http://www.youtube.com/user/LinuxSpatry

    ...and made some changes on my system adding Archey, Guake, Bashish, additional styles and themes, moved my panel to the bottom, took away the dock, and I like it like this. I'm sure I'll keep making changes over time, but doesn't everyone?
    Don't waste your time, or time will waste you...

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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    I install Gnome3?

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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    While I'm sure it's POSSIBLE to get the look you want from Gnome3, I wouldn't even start there, I'd go with KDE or XFCE (Gnome2 based) and then work from there. Naturally I'm biased, those are the two I'm familiar with. MATE is also Gnome2 based. Cinnamon, for example, is based on Gnome3, and while it's terrific in Linux Mint, I haven't seen it with Ubuntu yet.
    Don't waste your time, or time will waste you...

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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    Quote Originally Posted by StoneFoot View Post
    Could someone point me to resources that could help me with changing to Gnome from Unity.
    You should start your own thread stating your own system specs.
    Shortened urls: See point #11 here. And clicking on them could be risky.
    Use ubuntu-support-status with caution.

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    Re: Help Needed Customizing...

    So I should install KDE on my PC? and then just look around for themes?
    Oh and a question... Can you have 2 or more desktops showing at once? Like have Gnome and KDE both together showing the desktop?

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