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Adopt GNOME-Colors to sublimate Ubuntu 9.04 interface

It is customary to say that Linux does not have a graphic theme that is unique to it. Indeed, it is recurrent to see the number of themes derived from MacOS X Leopard or Windows Vista. However, the GNOME-Colors project is trying to remedy this by offering a complete package (themes, icons, gdm) for your desktop, in multiple colours. An up-to-date reference!

N.B. : for those who do not use Ubuntu, go directly to the GNOME-Colors Project Downloads Page.


GNOME-Colors consists of the following elements:

  • Arc-Colors GDM: theme for the login screen of which here is a best-of on Protuts ;
  • Shiki-Colors: the graphic theme that will replace the original;
  • GNOME-Colors Icones: splendid icons;

As you will have noticed, simply replace the term “colors” with the title of the shade. Several colors are available:

  • Brave: blue (my favorite);
  • Dust: brown;
  • Human: orange;
  • Illustrious: pink;
  • Noble: violet;
  • Wine: red;
  • Wise: green;

It is up to you to make the corresponding associations between each of the different components.

Installation of GNOME-Colors components

The installation procedure below will allow us to easily update the different elements of the GNOME-Colors project — a very active project. Of course, you can download the different archives separately and then upload them to the GNOME theme management module. That said, this method is not very practical to be kept up to date.

So, prefer the following procedure for Ubuntu 9.04:

  1. Unwind the menu Applications, Accessories then click on Terminal ;
  2. Run the following command (insert your password if requested):
    sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 2d79f61be8d31a30
  3. Unwind the menu System, Administration then click on the module Update Sources ;
  4. Enter your password by security measure;
  5. In the tab Third party software, make Add... then copy the following code into the field APT line :
    Deb jaunty hand
  6. Do the same for this one:
    Deb-src jaunty hand
  7. Click on the button Close then on Update ;
  8. Go back to the Terminal then run this repository update command:
    Sudo apt-get update
  9. Let’s now install the complete GNOME-Colors package:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-colors shiki-colors arc-colors

Congratulations, you have just installed all the elements of the GNOME-Colors suite! Now let’s see how to activate them.

Activation of GNOME-Colors components

Choice of wallpaper

Right click on your Office, then click on Changing the background of the office. Here, select the wallpaper of your choice.

Choice of the graphic theme

Stay in the window Appearance preferences, then go to the tab Theme.

Capture décran - Ubuntu, préférences de lapparence
Screenshot — Ubuntu, appearance preferences

Click on one of them to activate it knowing they start with the term Shiki.

Choice of icons

To customise the theme icons you just activated, do Personalise... In the tab Icons, select a pack starting with GNOME followed by its color title — as indicated above.

Choice of window borders

In the tab Window Borders, the Shiki theme offers 3 variants:

  • Shiki Colors Metacity;
  • Shiki Colors Striped Metacity (screenshot);
  • Shiki Dust;

Try them one by one to give you an immediate glimpse!

Choice of Connection Screen (GDM)

Arc-Colors is the GDM series of the GNOME-Colors project. To activate one of them, unwind the menu System, Administration then Connection window. In the tab Local, check the screen you're interested in.

Capture décran - Ubuntu, préférences de la fenêtre de connexion

Note that they are available in 2 variants:

  • One showing the list of users;
  • The other person requiring an identifier;

For more information, see theofficial website of the GNOME-Colors project (in English).

Résultat final

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Screenshot — GNOME Menu
Capture décran - Ecran de bureau avec GNOME Colors
Screenshot — Desktop screen with GNOME Colors

The GNOME-Colors suite sees its popularity growing every day. A reference in this area without a doubt!


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  • stone

    Hey, hey,
    not bad at all.
    Personally, I encountered a problem when installing the Shiki theme, because I got the following message:

    Some packages cannot be installed. This can mean
    whether you asked for the impossible, or if you were using
    unstable distribution, which some packages have not yet
    were created or have not been released from Incoming.
    The following information should help you resolve the situation:

    The following packages contain unmet dependencies:
    Shiki-colors: Depends on: Shiki-brave-theme but will not be installed
    Depends on: Shiki-dust-theme but will not be installed
    Depends on: Shiki-human-theme but will not be installed
    Depends on: Shiki-illustrious-theme but will not be installed
    Depends on: Shiki-noble-theme but will not be installed
    Depends on: Shiki-wine-theme but will not be installed
    Depends on: Shiki-wise-theme but will not be installed
    E: Defective Packages

    Same by going to download the theme on the official website of the Gnome color project with the following error message

    the theme does not seem to be valid

    As Google is my friend, I found this link and opted for shiki wise: clean but effective.
    Thank you again.

  • TheWhiteCat

    Hello, I am a “new reader” of this blog, -which has already served me a lot for my netbook under seven- and I just wanted to give my opinion on this article (that’s why the comments exist). On there are hundreds (see more I haven't counted them) beautiful themes with relief icons full of colors or sobriety, without that they look like OSX or Windows. Personally, I use the Orange linsta black plastic theme with the oxygenrefit2 icons and the Azenis pointer.A small glimpse