Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How to install themes on Ubuntu/Debian

Well well! This is my first Linux How TO.

If you get bored of looking at you default desktop theme and wallpaper then here is my suggestion. Now , I am going to demonstrate u how to change ur Linux(mostly all distros but i tried in Debian/Ubuntu) into a colorful looking one. As i have already installed my favorite collection (Slickness theme-MashupMaXo icons-minimalisticea wallpaper). I would demonstrate to you with a simple collection

For this tutorial i have used the following
Darker theme
Erectus icons
minimalisticea wallpaper

Download list
Download from here for Debian/Ubuntu (
1.Download GTK themes (panel color & look of each window)
2.Download icons (for iconic view of folder/disks)
3.Download wallpapers (obvious)
4.Download GDM theme (for login screen)

1.Downloaded GTK theme package.
2.Right click on desktop select change background. Select theme tab and click install select the downloaded theme pakage
3.After installation the theme to visualize/apply it
4.Downloaded icon package/files
5.Extract the package you will get a folder. Copy & paste inside /home/rajz/.icons folder? (user address bar /home/user/.icons folder or else try using cp/mv command in terminal)
6.Right click on desktop select change background. Select theme tab and click customize option, icons tab then select the name of downloaded icon package
7.Similarly right click on desktop select change background. Select background tab and click image u want (even browse for your favorite image through add button)
8.Right click on desktop select change background. Select theme tab and click save as option. Give the suitable name and save it.
9.Download GDM theme
10.Now we go for login screen selection.System> Administration> Login Window. Select local tab. Click add button & select the package
11.After that select radio button of your added theme

Thats it every thing is done !
Show it t our friends and amaze them. Make them ask "Is this Linux ? Is this Debian/Ubuntu?" end of my 1st how to

Monday, September 21, 2009

Met stylesen & c0le on FStival' 09

I know that I am blogging after a long period of time. There is a valid reason for it because yesterday (09/19/2009) FStival'09 was conducted by CSE department in our college. There are many situations i have felt for not being a CSE student. Because, they have sophisticated lab (practically see all the kinds of server there) more importantly labs that don't close at 4:30. Great passion developed in me due to FStival'07 which i attended during my 2nd year. That made me to use only GNU/Linux based software's for almost all my day today works. Their is no turning back from then on. I still use Hardy Heron in my Laptop.

Well Let's get to point. I had an opportunity to talk with most important and prominent persons behind TCENet project (an award winning project of our college). I found Senthil Kumaran and Joe Steeve were still (remotely) working on this TCENet project which i came to know from TCEwiki and tce's mailing list Archives (i spent a whole night reading all old mails). I have heard about the version control systems like Subversion, CVS, GIT but never used it. TCENet is maintained using Subversion (a product of CollabNet) and these people are still contributing to it remotely. Also I found that any one interested can contributed to TCENet project, for that you need not be CSE student or need not go to Unix lab even. I hope that i will contribute to it too. Also joined most of the TCE's mailing list.

I have talked with them and i also shared my interest with them. stylesen anna advised me to startup with a simple project(i.e writing docs for pidgin). I was wanting for support from the staff members which they advised me not expect such. I grasped all those ideas given by them and will act accordingly. These moments with those great people was one of the happiest moments of my life. Taking to stylesen anna was one my long term desire...I am very happy today :-).

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