29 October 2008

How I installed Linux Mint theme into Ubuntu Hardy

I am very impressed with the "Lightning" theme of Linux Mint 5 Elyssa on my laptop, so I installed it on my desktop which is currently running Ubuntu Hardy.

The steps:
  1. Go to Linux Mint Repository site and download these two files: gtk2-engines-aurora and gtk2-engines-candido

  2. Go to this website and download this file: mint-artwork_5.0-2_all.deb
    This file contains Mint Green icons and several Linux Mint themes, wallpapers and GDM themes.

  3. Install those three files in point 1 and 2:
    sudo dpkg -i gtk2-engines-aurora_1.4-1nano_i386.deb
    sudo dpkg -i gtk2-engines-candido_0.9.1-2nano_i386.deb
    sudo dpkg-i mint-artwork_5.0-2_all.deb

  4. Using USB flash disk, copy the Lightning directory from /usr/share/themes directory in the laptop to home directory in Ubuntu desktop.

    Change its permission:
    sudo chmod 755 -R Lightning/

    move it to ./themes directory in Ubuntu:
    mv Lightning/ .themes/

  5. Go to System > Preference > Appearance > Theme and select Lightning.
Enjoy the Lightning theme, it is really fast and lightning :)

27 October 2008

Linux Mint + Plain Gnome + Lightning = lite and fast

Linux Mint
has become very popular and naturally I tempted to try it again, so recently I installed it's latest version (Linux Mint 5-r1 Elyssa) on my old laptop.

It is nice but a little bit heavy for the limited resources on my laptop.
Searching in google, I found a guide to improve the gnome performance here.

Basically it simply suggest to make gnome "plain" by turning off the menu icons, splash screen, panel animation etc, plus "using a theme which require less cpu resources".

So I did as suggested and when I was playing with Linux Mint's themes, I stumbled upon one of the included themes, named "Lightning".
When I tried this theme, suddenly everything feels lite and fast.
And I think this theme is also beautiful:

Well, thank's to Linux Mint, now I have a nice, lite and fast distro which is perfect for my old laptop.