A few days ago, the Ubuntu Tutorials blog pointed out the excellent Shiki-Colors theme. It’s my new favorite!

On the theme’s GNOME Look page, you can download the GTK theme, or a script which can also install icons, a GDM login screen theme, and wallpapers. I just wanted the GTK theme so I selected this download. To install, drop the downloaded file into the System->Preferences->Appearance Theme tab. You’ll then have the option to select one of the four Shiki variants.

If you’re still using Ubuntu 8.04, don’t forget to install the required version of the Murrine theme engine. Here’s the i368 package from theme’s author.

In the screenshot above, I’m also using the Liberation fonts set, which I think looks a bit better than the default fonts. Install Liberation fonts from the package ttf-liberation (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install ttf-liberation

Use the Fonts tab in System->Preferences->Appearance to apply the new fonts. I switched from the default font Sans to Liberation Sans.

If you’re looking for a theme for your Ubuntu 8.10 desktop, don’t forget to check out the new community themes package. It includes a three other excellent themes: Dust, Kin, and New Wave.

Install the community themes from the package community-themes (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install community-themes

If you’ve installed a new theme, applications running as root like Synaptic may display unthemed. Here’s how to fix that problem.

What are your favorite themes for Ubuntu?


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