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Xperience 1.0

Graphical User Interface for XBMC Media Center.

Xperience has now been updated to 1.0 and is no longer in beta. The project has also been added to the XBMC Skins SVN.

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More great themes

SHI10 GTK by IZO

Neon GTK by marko23

Elegant Pack Gnome 0.3.3 by Arobase

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Themes

Ubuntu themes never cease to amaze. Here are two I find interesting.

Project Bisigi Eco-Theme

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install eco-theme

Zuki

Zuki is available as a download from gnome-looks.

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If you installed KDE in ubuntu (GNOME based), you may have noticed that when you log back into GNOME, you keep the KDE cursor theme.

To fix this, use update-alternatives like so:

0025|z@zentury ~$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
There are 7 choices for the alternative x-cursor-theme (providing /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme).

  Selection    Path                                     Priority   Status
------------------------------------------------------------
* 0            /etc/X11/cursors/oxy-white.theme          50        auto mode
  1            /etc/X11/cursors/core.theme               30        manual mode
  2            /etc/X11/cursors/handhelds.theme          20        manual mode
  3            /etc/X11/cursors/oxy-white.theme          50        manual mode
  4            /etc/X11/cursors/redglass.theme           20        manual mode
  5            /etc/X11/cursors/whiteglass.theme         20        manual mode
  6            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Black/cursor.theme   30        manual mode
  7            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme   50        manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

press “7″ for the default

FROM: Do Know Evil

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Since a lot of the development in Lucid appears to be cosmetic, I’m sticking with Karmic for the meanwhile. I’m a big fan of the Elementary theme whose items seem to complement Human so well and until bits of Lucid Me menu come floating past, I’m happy in elementary-mode. So finding an Elementary-themed gnomenu is great, besides, I think the current Ubuntu “menu bar” (UMB)  in Karmic should rather be a sub-set of Gnomenu, since the xml specification in Gnomenu is a lot better. Ideally I would want to install the default menu bar with the kind of functionality that Gnomenu brings — UMB really is slow compared to Gnomenu — but that might be like giving people a high-end user experience, and I don’t have any way of comparing this on slower machines without graphics cards, so bare with me.

If you willing to shift things around on your desktop a bit, here is what you need to do:

1. Add the Gnomenu Team Repo

#GnomeMenu
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnomenu-team/ppa/ubuntu karmic main #GnoMenu Team
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnomenu-team/ppa/ubuntu karmic main #Gnomenu Team Source

2. Update and Install Gnomenu

apt-get install gnomenu

3. Remove Ubuntu Menu Bar

right click on the ubuntu icon and remove from panel

4. Add Gnomenu to top panel

right click on panel and add gnomenu

5. Download and Install Elementary Theme

Download this file and place it in a folder somewhere.

Right click gnomenu button, select properties and choose install under menu selection

6. Select the menu button of your choice.

I found this great ubuntu newlook button on Gnomelook uploaded by Bear73

8. Reload Gnomenu

Try it out, if you don’t like you can always remove and add UMB to the panel  again.

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With all the noise about the new Lucid Light concept, I think it is best to just stand up for the Metacity Homosapien which still rocks my world in Karmic. For those who want to stick with brown but want something a bit more customised, here is a Metacity Homosapien Customizer.

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