Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mac Theme for Xubuntu

I had used compiz in my previous install of Ubuntu and missed it in Xubuntu. I installed compiz and emerald yesterday. To further enhance aesthetics of my laptop, I wanted to change the wallpaper. I did not know how to do it until yesterday. My search led me to a blog with details on how to make you Xubuntu look like Mac. Link here.

It inspired me and I downloaded the package - Macforlin package here.

The instructions manual is commendable. It is written very well and contains screen shots for ease. There were a couple of Xubuntu specific requirements which I figured out from the www.

Few notes to self for install:
1) Install compiz and emerald
2) Install xserver-xgl to run compiz smoothly. I was unable to figure out the correct xgl package. Thanks to Arun's Blog
3) Install Avant Window Navigator (AWN)
4) Create autostart of awn and compiz
5) Select mac theme and mac icon theme from User Interace on Settings/Settings Manager
6) Use Emerald as Window Manager
7) Install mac theme for Firefox

It looks really pretty and very close to mac OS X. See pics.

For Uninstall:
The Mac4lin directory ought to be in /home/user directory. Run as sudo. Choose theme and icon theme. And you are back to xubuntu regular.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I did a water color painting recently. It took about ten hours over a period of three months. It did not turn out as good as expected. Need more practice.



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Drivers - Windows has it

Now dual boot is working fine :)

I'd downloaded missing drivers from lenovo website for ethernet, wireless, sound and video. But the windows plug and play was unable to find them. I was pointing search in WIN2K folder instead of XP [C:\DRIVERS\WIN\ETHERNET\WINXP].

My friend downloaded the correct Ethernet driver and got plug and play wizard to find it. Once on internet, finding and installing remaining drivers was taken over by plug and play wizard.

The lappie was up and running in less than 10 minutes. After this followed, service packs download and so on. Am elated to have it fixed and working seamlessly with Xubuntu.


Saturday, November 08, 2008

Dual Boot - Windows Woes

I've still not found the right drivers to make WindowsXP connect to Internet. All my attempts end up like this -

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Dual Boot - Xubuntu and Windows

Yay! Fixed wireless issue on new install.

OS wasn't detecting my Thinkpad's wireless card on both Ubuntu 8.04 and Xubuntu 8.04. I was having a hard time but thanks to wonderful Ubuntu community I was able to fix them. I'm still struggling to fix it on Windows :-)

Here is the tip that ticked -