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    HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Also work in Ubuntu 5.10, but the 8. category might be a little diffrent
    Works on Dapper and Edgy (+beryl)

    I write this HOWTO, I got alot of PMs on how to do this and how to that because of my Screenshots I've added to the Gallery. So I made this simple HOWTO on the basics changes to make a desktop look mean, clean killing machine. I'll add some more to the howto continuesly.

    Make sure before you start to set up universe/multiverse in your sourcelist.

    NB. Don't Pm me about the icons. All of them I've gathered throughout the web and added to my desktop manually. Most of them are copyrighted/trademarked etc. So I won't transfer them. Sorry.

    The Index
    1. Howto setup semi-transparent panels.
    2. Howto Eyecandy -gdesklets.
    3. Howto Change icon size & make icons without name on the desktop.
    4. Howto change GTK themes and icons for root application.
    5. Howto install cursor themes on ubuntu/gnome.
    6. Howto change login splash.
    7. Howto change desktop themes (a.k.a GTK & Metacity).
    8. Howto change login screen (GDM).
    9. Howto: change skins on bmp and xmms (music player).
    10. Howto advanced eyecandy.

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    1. HOWTO SETUP SEMI-TRANSPARENT PANELS



    This does not require extra files or applications.
    1. Right click on the upper panel and select New Panel.
    2. Drag it down so it's is vertical. You can do it with middle mouse button or left+right mouse button.
    3. Right click on it and select Properties.
    4. In General tab: Unselect Expand and select Show hide buttons. Eventually change pixels size to your likening.
    5. In Background tab: Select Solid color and change Style to your are saticefied with the outcome. I have mine on default.
    6. Now move the panel to the place on your desktop you want it.

    NOTE: Horizontal panels can't auto hide. Only hope is that the Gnome developers adds it. Also you can't see your windows behind the panels, only your desktop wallpaper.

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    2. HOWTO EYECANDY - GDESKLETS



    From up to down - LTNotify, LTPager and Psi-tasklist. Click the picture to enlarge.

    This requires some files and application.
    1. Open the terminal and write:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install gdesklets gdesklets-data
    2. Now we want gdesklets to start automatically every time we boot up. Click System tab in the upper panel. Then Preferences ---> Sessions.
    3. Click the Startup Programs tab and click the Add button.
    4. In the startup Command write: gdesklets and click OK.
    5. To choose and run the gdesklets stuff. Click the Applications tab in the upper panel. Then Accessories ---> gDesklets.
    6. Have a look around and pick a gdesklet you like, to add it select the gdesklet. Then go to the file tab and select Run selected desklet.
    7. Now the choosen gdesklet appears and will follow your mouse until you make a left click. To move it again click with middle mouse button or left+right mouse button.
    8. To configure the choosen gdesklet, simply right click on it and menu will pop up.
    9. For more gdesklets: http://gdesklets.gnomedesktop.org/

    NOTE: Some gdesklets might need that you have some extra libs. installed. A good way is to find the gdesklets at http://gdesklets.gnomedesktop.org/ and check up on what you need to get the gdesklet you have choosen to work.

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    3. HOWTO: CHANGE ICON SIZE & MAKE ICONS WITHOUT NAME ON DESKTOP





    This does not require extra files or applications.
    1. To have an launcher with no name on it on the desktop. Right click on the launcher erease the name. Now hit the Space button and press Enter afterwards.
    2. To resize the icon on you desktop. Right click on the launcher and choose Stretch Icon. Four square appears in each corner.
    3. Hold left mouse button down and move back and forth to change the size.
    4. To exit the resize, simple left click outside the launcher.

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    4. HOWTO: CHANGE GTK THEMES AND ICONS FOR ROOT APPLICATIONS
    Are you tired of that your root applications doesn't match your desktop theme?


    Click to enlarge the screenshots

    Here's the answer, with these codes your root applications gets the same theme, icons and fonts.

    Code:
    sudo ln -s /home/<insert your username here>/.themes /root/.themes
    sudo ln -s /home/<insert your username here>/.icons /root/.icons
    sudo ln -s /home/<insert your username here>/.fonts /root/.fonts
    Thanks to angrykeyboarder for showing an easier way to do this.

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    5. HOWTO: INSTALL CURSOR THEMES ON UBUNTU/GNOME


    Click to enlarge the screenshots

    This does require extra files or applications.
    1. First we have to install gcursor application on Ubuntu. Open the terminal and write:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install gcursor
    2. Go to Gnome-look.org and pick the cursor(s) you want.
    3. Go to System tab ---> Preferences ---> Cursor Selection.
    4. Push the Install Theme button, browse and select the cursor. No need to unpack the cursor files. Gcursor will do that for you.
    5. Now pick the cursor you want in the Xcursor menu and press the Close button. The new cursor will first appear when you log in next time.


    NOTE: If the cursor you have selected in gcursor don't appear in the menu then press the Go To Theme Folder button, click the folder named after the cursor. There should be a new folder with the name of you cursor in there. Right click it and choose cut. Press the Up button in your file browser and Paste the file here. That should do the trick.

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    6. HOWTO: CHANGE LOGIN SPLASH.


    Click to enlarge the screenshots

    This does require extra files or applications.
    1. Getting the boot splash application. Open the terminal and write:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install gnome-splashscreen-manager
    2. Find a suitable splash screen at Gnome-look.org or http://gnome-look.org/. Download your choosed splash.
    3. Click the System tab ---> Preferences ---> Splash Screen.
    4. Press the Install button, browse and pick your splashscreen.
    5. In the Installed Splash Screens window left click the one you want and press the Activate button.
    6. Now next time you login, you'll see the new splash. Enjoy ^^.

    Thanks to aboe for the notice of the splashscreen manager.

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    7. HOWTO: DESKTOP THEMES (A.K.A GTK & METACITY).


    1. First you need to find you a theme(s) you like at http://art.gnome.org/ or http://gnome-look.org and download it. Look under the GTK 2 to find your theme(s). Though at art.gnome.org it's split up in windowborder (metacity) and application (gtk).
    2. Next go to System tab ---> Preferences ---> Theme.
    3. Click the Install Theme button and browse and select the theme you want to install.
    4. Now you can choose the theme in the Theme Preferences viewer.
    5. If that's not the case you have to click Theme Details and select the theme manually. Control tab for GTK themes and Window border for Metacity.

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    8. HOWTO: CHANGE LOGIN SCREEN (GDM).


    Click to enlarge the screenshots

    1. You can download GDM themes at http://art.gnome.org/ or http://gnome-look.org.
    2. To open Login Screen Setup: System tab ---> Adminstration ---> Login Window or in terminal:
    Code:
    gksudo gdmsetup
    3. In local tab. Push the add button and browse to the downloaded GDM theme.

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    9. HOWTO: CHANGE SKIN ON BMP AND XMMS (MUSIC PLAYER).

    Screenshot

    1. Download a skin from www.gnome-look.org under xmms section.
    2a. if you're using bmp copy the file to /home/<username>/.bmp/Skins
    2b. if you're using xmms copy the file to /home/<username>/.xmms/Skins
    Code:
    cd /where/you/saved/the/file
    cp XXXXXXXX /home/<username>/.bmp/Skins
    Or use nautilus to manouvre (the file browser) around.
    3a. Open bmp and press <ctrl>+<p> and select the skin under appreance.
    3.b Open Xmms and press <ctrl>+<s> and select your skin.

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    10. HOWTO: ADVANCED EYECANDY.

    Howto Beryl & Compiz - Ultimate Eyecandy
    Knome Guide: Stealing KDE's Eye Candy
    Make QT apps look more Gnome'ish
    Change the default usplash colors
    conky 1.3.0 -- lightweight system monitor for X
    Gtk1.2 not so ugly


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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Another Great Tip.
    Ubuntu is starting to make XP look decidedly 'rustic'(see also: butt ugly).
    Thanks

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Wierd, can't install gdesklets and several other packages. The version it says is a available is really not there. Furthermore it depends on libcairo1 (the version that is actually there) and that's not available in the repositories. Are they updating the servers?

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Updated the Howto.

    Added: HOWTO: Change GTK themes for root application & GTK greeter
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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Updated the howto:

    Added: Howto install cursor themes on ubuntu/gnome.
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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Thanks for writing this. I've been looking at your desktop pictures and drooling, but never knew how to set things up.

    I noticed that after I installed gdesklets and gdesklets-data, though, that I didn't seem to have all the desklets I was looking for. The Psi-tasklist you showed, for example, wasn't included.

    How do I get additional gdesklets? I'm assuming the gdesklets-data package doesn't include all that is available.

    Update: I learned from the gdesklets site that the Psi desklets apparently no longer work. A pity - the tasklist in the screenshot looks much nicer than the normal Ubuntu/Gnome one.
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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    I need to know the name of the icon theme please!

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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    nice
    there's a better way to change themes for root applications (at least I think so):
    just move the folders inside ~/.themes to to /usr/share/themes

    I think you could give some advices for desklets, like ones you like or ones which are nice but don't work well...

    anyway, nice how-to
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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Thanks for the reply.


    @LaSSarD

    It's just what I told /usr/share/themes, but I thought It's easier to understand it that way. This Howto is aimed for newbies who wants to set up their desktop

    About advising what is nice or not of thet gdesklets, I won't. Everyone have diffrent taste

    @Muhammad

    Both the GTK theme and Icon theme is called D3a.

    @shankin

    Just follow the howto on thte gdesklet if you want to install downloaded gdesklets.
    Psi-desklet do work despite what they are saying. I'm using it right now on Breezy without any tweaking ^^
    The reason why I havn't added the gdesklets I have shown for download is that I used all my ubuntu-forums space and I have limited bandweight on my site.



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    Re: HOWTO: Setup Desktop/Eyecandy. Tips'n'Tricks.

    Do you know where we could get the psi-tasklist from anywhere else?

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