When it comes to my desktop, I like simplicity. Ubuntu itself, shipping with a completely empty desktop by default, taught me to appreciate cleanness.
In a time where a lot of people is experimenting with dark themes, I found myself doing the exact opposite. More than an how to this is post is just documenting my own choice repect my Gnome theme.
It’s just two steps.
First: get the Unity theme
sudo apt-get install gnome-themes-extras
Second: hack your theme
- Go into System->Preferences->Appearance
- Select Human Theme (if it’s not already selected)
- Select the Customize tab, then Window Border and choose the Unity item.
- Select the Colors tab, and change the windows background to white (FFFFFF)
If you done everything correctly, you should be done. Don’t forget to save your theme (I called mine Milky Unity, but you can choose any name you want).
Now you should have a completely white theme, with no distinction between the window title and the menus, and the default Ubuntu colors and icons.
Here’s how the terminal will look like:
How applications tabs appear:
I also slightly tweaked Firefox (how-to here), here’s a shot.
(the pic also shows how the out of focus windows appear)
While some people find all white can be tiring for the eyes, I don’t really agree:
- Most of webpages are white. So you’ll get tired anyway.
- And by the way, the vast majority of themes, have white document areas, and that’s where you focus your eyes all the time, not windows titles and toolbars.
- If you get tired, just reduce the brightness of your display FTW.
- try the Tangerine icon theme. It’s quite similar to the human, but with its own style
- see my tip to get big and auto-hiding panels. It matchs nicely with the theme.
- Also Droid fonts look awesome on this theme. As simple as an apt-get.
Let me know if you like it or completely detest it.