Turn your Ubuntu hard to Mac OSX leopard

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Reprinted from: http://maketecheasier.com/turn-your-ubuntu-hardy-to-mac-osx-leopard/2008/07/23/
Turn your Ubuntu hard to Mac OSX leopard
Posted by Damien
In July 23 rd 2008
File under: Linux
, Mac
Tags: leopard
, Linux
, Mac

You can't really turn a Linux system to a Mac, but you definitely can make your Ubuntu hard looks like a Mac OSX leopard.

If you want to change this


, Follow the steps below.


Before we start...

First, create a folder in your home and name itMac_files.
Download the following files to the mac_files folder.

  • Modified mac4lin theme
  • Mac4lin icon set
  • Mac4lin Wallpaper
  • Avant Windows Manager elegant glass theme

Using archive manager, extractThree mac4lin ZIP files
Modified mac4lin theme
AndMac4lin Wallpaper

Apply Mac OSX leopard theme

GoSystem-> preferences-> appearance

And selectMac4lin GTK theme
(/Home/username/mac_files/mac4lin_v0.4/GTK metacity theme/mac4lin_gtk_v0.4.tar.gz

Next, clickInstall
Again and selectMac4lin icon theme

. When prompted, select"Apply new themes

Again and selectMac4lin mouse cursor theme
.(/Home/username/mac_files/mac4lin_v0.4/GTK cursor theme/mac4lin_cursors_v0.4.tar.gz
). Select"Apply new themes
"When prompted.

And chooseMac4lin_gtk_v0.4
. Go to the"Window border"
Tab, chooseMac4lin_gtk_v0.4
. Click Close.

On the top, go toBackground
Tab. ClickAdd
And select the leopard wallpaper.(/Home/username/mac_files/wallpapers/leopard.jpg
). ClickClose
To terminate the appearance window

Install the dock (Avant window navigator)

Open a terminal (Applications-> accessories-> Terminal
) And type

Gksu gedit/etc/APT/sources. List

And add the following lines to the end of the file:

Deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/awn-testing/ubuntu hard main
Deb-Src http://ppa.launchpad.net/awn-testing/ubuntu hard main


In 9.10

Deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/awn-testing/ubuntu karmic main
Deb-Src http://ppa.launchpad.net/awn-testing/ubuntu karmic main


Save and close the file. In your terminal, Type

Sudo apt-Get update
Sudo apt-Get install avant-window-Navigator-trunk Awn-Manager-trunk Awn-extras-applets-trunk

Medium 9.10

Sudo apt-Get install avant-window-Navigator-trunk Awn-settings-trunk Awn-applets-C-extras-trunk


GoSystem-> preferences-> awn Manager
. On the left, click onTheme
. On the right, clickAdd
And navigate toMac_files
Folder. SelectElegant_glass.tgz File
. Check the bullet beside the elegant glass theme and clickApply

Next on the left, click onApplet
Icon. On the right,
Scroll down to the stack applet. Highlight it, then click activate.
This will add the Mac leopard stack to your dock.

Before you launch the awn, remove the bottom panel from the desktop first. Right click on the bottom panel and select"Delete this panel"
. Open awnApplications-> accessories-> avant window navigator
. Once it is activated, you can simply drag and drop the applications into the dock.

Install OSX Fonts

Open a terminal and type the following:

Sudo apt-Get install msttcorefonts

This will install the Microsoft Core fonts.

Next, copy the OSX fonts to the fonts folder

Sudo tar xvzf/home/username/mac_files/mac4lin_v0.4/fonts/osx_fonts.tar.gz

Configure the fonts:

Sudo tar xvjpf/home/username/mac_files/mac4lin_v0.4/fonts/fontconfig. TBZ-C/etc/Fonts

Open the appearance window (System-> preferences-> appearance
) And selectFonts
Tab. Select the following fonts according to the image below. Click Close.

Change the traffic light window control to the left

In the terminal, Type


This will bring up the gconf-editor window. scroll downApp-> metacity-> General
. On the right, double click on the button_layout and change the content'Close, minimize, maximize: menu'
(Without the quote). ClickOK
And close the gconf-editor.

Change the menubar

Remove all the icon and applications on the left side of the top panel. Right-click on the icon and select'Remove from panel
'. You will left with something like this:

On the Right of the top panel, remove the logout icon. Still on the right hand side of the top panel, right click and select'Add to panel
'. Scroll down the list and add'Search for files
'. This will add the spotlight icon to the Panel.

On the extreme left, right-click and select'Add to panel
'. Scroll down the list and add'Main menu
'. This will add the apple icon on the left. You can now log out and shut down from the apple dropdown menu (same as Mac OSX ).

Next, we are going to installGlobalmenu
So as to display the menubar for each application. In your terminal,

CD mac_files
Wget http://gnome2-globalmenu.googlecode.com/files/gnome-globalmenu-0.4-svn964.tar.gz
Tar zxvf gnome-globalmenu-0.4-svn964.tar.gz
CD globalmenu
Sudo dpkg-I *. Deb

If you have any errors when installing the package, try

Sudo dpkg-I-force-overwrite *. Deb

If you are having some installation problems withGnome-globalmenu-Applet
, Try

Sudo apt-Get install-F

Once finished, right click on the top panel and select'Add to panel
'. Scroll down the list and add'Global menu Applet

You might not see anything initially. log out and log in again, you
Shocould now see the menubar for each application showing on the panel.

If yourGlobalmenu
Is of a different shade of gray from
Rest of the panel (as shown in the image below), right click on any
Empty space on the panel and select'Properties
'. Go to background tab and select'Background image'
. Under the selection, go/Home/username/. Themes/mac4lin_gtk_v0.4/gtk-2.0/panel
And selectPanel-bg.png
. Click OK .(Updated
: If you can't find. Themes
Folder, right-click and select'Show Hidden Files

To the left just beside the apple icon. Right click on the globalmenu and select'Preferences'
. Tick the box beside'Display the title of the current application
'And put maximum width 100. Select the font to beLucida Grande bold
. ClickApply
. You shoshould now have a desktop that resemble Mac leopard.

Refreshing the login screen

Click on the Apple icon, goSystem-> Administration-> login window
. OnLocal
Tab, clickAdd
. Navigate to the path/Filesystem/home/username/mac_files/mac4lin_v0.4/MCM theme
And select the fileMac4lin_gdm_v0.4.tar.gz
. Check the box beside the newly installed theme to activate it.

Underneath, there is a color selection field, select it and key in the numberE5e5e5
Into the color code field.

. Log out. You shocould see the login screen as the dimo-below.

Configure usplash Screen

Usplash is the screen that you see when your computer is booting up.
We are going to change it to show the white apple screen. In your

Sudo apt-Get install startupmanager

GoSystem-> Administration-> Start-up Manager
Tab. Click on'Manage bootloader theme
'. ClickAdd
And navigate to the file/Filesystem/home/username/mac_files/mac4lin_v0.4/GRUB splash/appleblack.xpm.gz
. Check the box"Use background image for Bootloader menu
"And select'Appleblack

Next, click"Manage usplash theme
". ClickAdd
And add the file/Filesystem/home/username/mac_files/mac4lin_v0.4/usplash theme/osx-splash.so
. ClickOK
. SelectOSX-splash
From the dropdown box.

Now reboot. You shocould see the following images:

Creating dashboard Effect

We will use a combination of screenlets
And compiz widget plugin to achieve the dashboard effect.

Install screenlets

Sudo apt-Get install screenlets compizconfig-settings-Manager

GoSystem-> preferences-> advanced desktop effect setting
. On the left, click onDesktop
. On the right, put a check beside'Widget Layer'

GoAccessories-> screenlets
. Activate the widgets that you want to display. Right click on the widget and select'Properties'
. Go to options tab and select'Treat as components'
. Do this for all the widgets that you have activated.

You can now see your dashboard in action by pressing f9.

Done. You have completed the transformation of your Ubuntu Desktop to Mac OSX leopard.

Some screenshots:

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