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    What I would like to do for starters with this Ubuntu

    I downloaded Ubuntu and installed it and the first thing I wanted to do was to completely change the interface. I would like to make the desktop look more like Windows XP or Windows 8 or maybe Windows 10. I looked at a video on YouTube although this video may be for an older version of Ubuntu and right-clicked on the desktop but I saw no way to change the theme.

    I don't know if Ubuntu is the right choice for ease of skinning the desktop or not.

    But can you tell me or give me some directions on how to change the theme?

    Desktop wallpaper along with taskbar and icons and the like?

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    Re: What I would like to do for starters with this Ubuntu

    Try ubuntu cinnamon

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    Re: What I would like to do for starters with this Ubuntu

    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-l...-like-windows/

    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/04/...ike-windows-10

    first two hits off a google search

    (personally i'd hate for my Ubuntu to look like windows)

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    Re: What I would like to do for starters with this Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by dioxazine View Post
    I don't know if Ubuntu is the right choice for ease of skinning the desktop or not.
    It's not, really. Not the Ubuntu part, but the Gnome part. The Gnome devs have a very specific idea of how they think the desktop environment should work, and don't like users to stray from that.

    KDE (my recommendation), Xfce or Cinnamon will let you set things up more how you want them easier than starting from Gnome and installing extensions.

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    Re: What I would like to do for starters with this Ubuntu

    for WinXP look - XCFE and IceWM are the easiest.

    not sure why you would need it to look like windows. But KDE in it's design takes from Windows and Windows also takes some design features from KDE. far from being the same they do feel kind of similar.
    Read the easy to understand, lots of pics Ubuntu manual.
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    Re: What I would like to do for starters with this Ubuntu

    Ubuntu MATE, in the Mate Tweak app, allows your desktop to look like Windows (Redmond), OSX (Cupertino), and Unity (Mutiny!) as well as the usual top-down menus.

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    Re: What I would like to do for starters with this Ubuntu

    If you want complete control over everything, stay away from running any DE. Use a highly customizable Window Manager like fvwm. There are many different themes created by the community that people like or make your own. It is all controlled by text configuration files. Fonts, types and thickness for window borders, colors, button placement, removal, additions ... all controlled by you. Want close window buttons on the left or right? Fine. It is your choice.

    Win95 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FVWM95
    WinXP https://unix.stackexchange.com/quest...ed-fvwmrc-file
    http://fvwm-themes.sourceforge.net/ some generic information about themes.

    On 20.04, I have v2.6.8-1build1 amd64 [installed] from the repos.

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    There's a bonus in NOT using a popular DE. The types of changes from a mature WM are few, so every 2-4 yrs, your GUI does NOT change and screw up your workflows.

    But Linux is about choices. Try some out. See what you like. With DEs, be certain to use a new userid when testing out each new DE so conflicting settings don't break another DE. With fvwm, that doesn't happen. All settings aren't saved for you magically, automatically. YOU make the change and know exactly what happened, unlike Gnome.

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