Make Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Look Like Mac (Snow Leopard)

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If you are using Ubuntu 10.04, or 10.10 see the updated post here for simpler one step installation.

You can make your linux (Fedora 14, Ubuntu 10.10, 10.04 etc.) desktop look like Mac OSX. You can do this in  few simple steps. The steps described below need that you already have Compiz Fusion and Emerald window decorator installed. You can achieve this even without the emerald (using standard gtk and metacity themes), installation of Compiz and Emerald is discussed here. But compiz would be needed to make use of Mac OS like dock (AWN or Docky or Cairo Dock). But remember it is only a mock up.

Before you follow the steps, make sure that you have fusion-icon running and that you have selected emerald as window decorator, order of the steps is not important.

We are going to make use of files from the Mac4Lin project, which provides the comprehensive set of themes and icons to make it  all look perfectly like a Mac desktop. Download and extract the contents of this package, all you need for this tutorial is available in it.

Step 1: Install the emerald theme from the extracted folder that you downloaded above. After the installation window decoration should look like this, I don’t like the Mac4Lin theme much, if you don’t like it much either then install this or this theme using the emerald theme manager.

Step 2: Install Mac4lin icons pack from the Icon folder using gtk theme installer by clicking on the install icon as shown below.

When you are asked if you want to apply the installed theme, select yes.

Step 3: Install the GTK theme.

Step 4: Install the Mac OS X dock (Avant Window Navigator or Docky or Cairo Dock) as described here.

Step 5: Apply Leopard like background which is included with the Mac4Lin package or download it from the icon below

Now your linux desktop should have a Mac OSX like look, including all the icons.

Purists may continue to step 5 and also step 6.

Step 6: Go to Compiz settings manager, and then to Animation settings, in that go to Minimize Animation tab. Here change the zoom animation for minimize to Magic lamp to have magic lamp effect similar to OS X, you can play around with the duration setting to get the desired speed for minimization.

Step 7: Add Mac style Widgets using Screenlets

Now you should have your Ubuntu resembling Mac.

Step 8: You can also install the Firefox mac theme included in Mac4lin package.

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