Transform Ubuntu 8.04 to Look Like Mac OSX

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Introduction: Transform Ubuntu 8.04 to Look Like Mac OSX

For all of those Mac lovers out there, you know, the ones who DON'T have a few thousand to spend on one of those beautiful pieces of technology, and run Ubuntu 8.04, this is a theme+cursor+ icons+ lots more to transform your GUI to look freakishly like Mac OSX. (minus the dock...docks are problems....will work that out in the future.)

NOTE: THIS IDEA AND THE FILES WERE TAKEN FROM:
http://linuxondesktop.blogspot.com/2008/05/transforming-your-ubuntu-804-desktop-to.html

I JUST PUT IT INTO INSTRUCTABLES FORMAT.

Step 1: Installing Icons, Cursor, GTK.

Right, so you download the tarball included at the bottom of the page, extract, and go to the "change desktop background" bit when you right-click the desktop. Select the "High Contrast Inverse" theme, Everything will be all inverted and crazy, but no worries, good ol' Ken will help you out.

Step 2: Customizing the Theme

Click Customize on the options, follow the pictures.

Step 3: Sudo Emerald Install

If you are new to the terminal prompt commands, or are jus ta bit rusty, we will be using the "sudo" command (super user do). This requires the root (admin) password to use, and gives yo ufull access to customization of your computer and all terminal commands. We will be installing something called "emerald" so the command in the terminal window looks like this:

sudo apt-get install emerald

when it asks for a y/n, type y to continue.

NEXT:
Download the Mac OSX Emerald Theme from this link:
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Mac4Lin+Leopard+Emerald+Theme?content=68409

NEXT:
Go to System -> Preferences -> Emerald Theme Manager

Then:
Click on import and point to the downloaded theme package from within the Theme Manager , you will find Mac4Lin Theme. Click on it, then refresh, then exit the program.

Step 4: Desktop

This is the wallpaper for Mac OSX:
http://appleology.com/images/space-desktop.png

(Or you can download the image I have put on the bottom)

Step 5: Login Screen

So you want the snazzy login screen that Mac OSX uses? No problem!

http://www.taimila.com/files/gdm-osx-theme.tar.gz

Download that, DON'T EXTRACT THE TARBALL!
Go to System --> Administration --> Login Window
Click the "local" tab
Click "install"
Locate the tarball of OSX Theme.
Quit.
Enjoy.

Step 6: Dock Comes Soon!

Docking and the effects that come with it will come soon!

- Ken

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Even though I didn't want to change my theme to Mac, you just told me how to change the login screens. Thanks

I have created a guide to making a dock (aka GNOME Do "Docky") that can be found at this link:

https://www.instructables.com/id/ENVUXHTG2L3BIG6

You may use it if you credit me properly.

From what I've heard, this GNOME Do "Docky" is also more reliable then the Avant Window Navigator as it is exclusively for Ubuntu

From personal experience, awn is more customizable, but not as lightweight.

whenever i try a "sudo apt-get install" command, it always tells me that it couldn't find the package

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Does this work on 9.04?

it didn't seem to work for me does it work with ubuntu netbook remix when set on classic mode

Specifically, what doesn't work? - Ken

Which version of Netbook Remix are you using? and are you using Gnome, KDE, or Xfce? -Ken