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.)


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Step 1: Installing Icons, Cursor, GTK.

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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

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Click Customize on the options, follow the pictures.

Step 3: Sudo Emerald Install

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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.

Download the Mac OSX Emerald Theme from this link:

Go to System -> Preferences -> Emerald Theme Manager

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

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This is the wallpaper for Mac OSX:

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

Step 5: Login Screen

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

Go to System --> Administration --> Login Window
Click the "local" tab
Click "install"
Locate the tarball of OSX Theme.

Step 6: Dock comes soon!

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

- Ken
J Man!!!3 years ago
Even though I didn't want to change my theme to Mac, you just told me how to change the login screens. Thanks
momrocker5 years ago
I have created a guide to making a dock (aka GNOME Do "Docky") that can be found at this link:

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.
A-Nony-Mus5 years ago
whenever i try a "sudo apt-get install" command, it always tells me that it couldn't find the package
kdude635 years ago
same here
zs5 years ago
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
KenGriffin (author)  monkeyboychase5 years ago
Specifically, what doesn't work? - Ken
KenGriffin (author)  monkeyboychase5 years ago
Which version of Netbook Remix are you using? and are you using Gnome, KDE, or Xfce? -Ken
version 8.04 and i have gnome
REA5 years ago
cant you use RK Launcher as the dock? i use it for my Vista comp.
KenGriffin (author)  REA5 years ago
If you are using Windows Vista, look into using RocketDock as a dock. You can use ObjectDock but I find it to be clunky and less customizable.
REA KenGriffin5 years ago
i cant stand rocket dock! i could never figure out how to customize it. RK L is easier because it just uses PNG files for its graphics and allows y'z and object dock docklets to be used.
Tututu6 years ago
Also change the usplash
Here is mine with 7.10

But great instructables,thx

use Avant Window Navigator as the dock.
brokenjack6 years ago
Uhhh...You don't need to click on the inverse theme. This instructable seems like it was written hastily and there are some details in the original tutorial that need to be included(like changing the window border). Follow the original tutorial from the link provided.
UltraMagnus6 years ago
now, why would you want to go and do a silly thing like that?
KenGriffin (author)  UltraMagnus6 years ago
Thanks, I will definitely check it out when I have some time. And yes, as soon as I have 4,000 dollars, I'll go buy a Mac Pro. For now, however, I can stick to my sleek and free Ubuntu OS.
For those of us who like the look and 'feel' of OSX, but can't afford to shell out 1600 dollars for a new computer, this is a welcome Instructable! This doesn't change the operating system, just the themes, so this form of Ubuntu remains, as always, FREE OF CHARGE. I have an Ubuntu box running 8.04, and I like the silvers and grays of OSX over the browns and tans of Hardy. I did, however, leave the Ubuntu logo in the top left, and left the login screen the standard one. One thing you may want to try, even if you don't like the look 'Mac' look is Gnome-Do. Gnome-Do is a usable app launcher, similar to Quiksilver. Thanks to Gnome-Do and a few keyboard shortcuts, I rarely have to touch my mouse anymore!
KenGriffin (author)  UltraMagnus6 years ago
Silly for some, but for those people who are obsessed with OS X or the Mac GUI, yet don't have a few thousand for a mac computer, this is a free alternative. (I run Ubuntu 8.04 and I'm loving it.) I wouldn't want a shred of windows or microsoft anywhere near my computer.
xACIDITYx6 years ago
Your tags are messed up. You need to put a comma between each tag, like so: tech, mac, osx, linux, ubuntu, 8, 04, distro, skin, applet, shell, terminal, computer, hacking, tinkering, tinker
KenGriffin (author)  xACIDITYx6 years ago
I didn't even notice! Mistake corrected, thanks. - Ken