How to: Customize Ubuntu Linux

This guide will let you pimp you Ubuntu Linux to look like Windows Vista or Mac OS X. Linux is awesome.
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Changes are part of Nature so as with Technology, though this cannot be True for Windows and Mac cause the life cycle of a single Version is too much which is not the case with Linux. Open Source evolve at very rapid rate and with evolution comes new & special changes. Today with a hike in Linux acceptance its pretty hard for competitors to provide similar solutions at free of cost… I have tried to kept the guide as simple as I can so that even a newbie can understand how to make changes.There are few major changes in Ubuntu Themes and Icon Control Panel so please read carefully so that you can get everything….

=> Ubuntu Customization Guide v2

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  • Mike Leftin Nov 25, 2007 @ 19:46

    Tweaking Ubuntu to look like Windows leaves me a little nauseated. In the first place most people who switched to linux do not want to see Windows again. If you want to see a Windows lookalike just switch your sessions box when you boot up to KDE. KDE resembles a Windows screen and GDE resembles the Mac screen. When you’ve done that you can drag and drop all the apps you want right to the desktop. But why would you want to see a Windows screen again unless you’re lonely for Microsoft.

  • 🐧 nixCraft Nov 26, 2007 @ 2:42


    You can use these tweak to create totally different looking desktop as it offers lots of customization option.

  • Mike Leftin Nov 26, 2007 @ 12:50

    I see what you mean. You can FURTHER customize the desktop to your own liking. That’s cool, especially if you’re into several different operations such as videos and pictures, or spreadsheets and writing. Not to mention the fact that your desktop can be much more efficient. It always amazes me the way Linux can be so user-friendly in order to make life a little more tolerable to the every-day computer user.

  • Lars Bjarne Christensen Jan 15, 2008 @ 12:02

    I have tryd for many days now to find a dawnload for
    Compiz Fusion to use whit Ubuntu 7.10 and I cant find any. The pages I have visit are very confusing. I have tryed and google bud I cant find any places where I cout dawnload. I am new at Linux and whil give it a try. Are there any help somwhere?

  • 🐧 nixCraft Jan 15, 2008 @ 12:22


    It is installed by default, all you have to do is
    just read this page to activate the same.

  • Sean Jun 24, 2008 @ 19:39

    Actually, many of the hangups that normal users have about adopting a system other than windows is that they have to learn so much over again. Such as a new interface, programs, compabilities, etc. So a Windows ‘clone’ on Linux would be a great thing for a large number of people. If you want to see Linux make it to the mainstream market, it will take some things like that. Its not everyone’s piece of pie, but thats why we are using a customizable OS anyways.

    Also, I thought linux was about choice, you don’t like it? great don’t install/use it, but for those who do, I say more power to you. Make it look how you want, use it the way you like to and make it serve your needs.

  • skary Oct 6, 2009 @ 19:59

    I love ubuntu. I was impressed with it’s booting abilities before i even downloaded it. I’m about 3 days into it and loving nearly everything about it. The windows effects alone are awesome. I long for the day when i can carry my customized ubuntu with me on a thumb drive and do everything i’m used to. I used WINE to test out some steam games. everything worked okay but the game ran a bit choppier than on windows. I think with a more integrated WINE, some sort of gaming rasterization program like WARP, and a decent OS X emulator, ubuntu can destroy windows. Everyone is tired of windows. I started my switch because of a “validation” problem. Apparently the CD i got with my old laptop won’t work with the new one and they want me to pay for another key. PFFT!!! i’ll get right on that.

    Thanks ubuntu. You’re definitely getting a banner on all my forum sites.

  • Wolfpac Dec 5, 2009 @ 18:41

    i started with linux just to get outta the microsoft hold … gets frustrating at times .. by the way i noticed in the pic some thing i can’t quiet find how to get on the screen the bottom line icons wat do u call them and how can i get them ( the ones tat look like mac osx ) and this theme ..

  • Tim J. Mar 27, 2010 @ 22:50

    I got windows xp and windows 7 thought Ide give linux a chance been using it for 2 weeks now im really liking it havent even booted up xp or 7 I can do everything I need to do on ubuntu having trouble getting the printer running but thats minor its very customizable and fun!Im not afraid to learn new things so its fun for me maybe not for some people but I like to learn!

  • Donger Apr 25, 2011 @ 10:34

    Cool Linux stickers and shirts…

  • Linux Newbie May 23, 2011 @ 13:57

    I got into Linux around 3 months ago, or maybe 4. Any way, I got my new computer for Christmas, an Intel i3 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor, 6GBs of RAM, and 1TB HDD, and my graphics card can’t handle any of the new games out now, so using my PC for gaming seems out of the question. So, the only reasons I’d use Windows 7 over any other OS was for gaming and that’s out of the question *Intel HD Graphics* so my friend told me about Ubuntu Linux *He used it since 7.10, but used it 3 times on and off* and so I used it the first time with Ubuntu 10.10, didn’t like GNOME at all then, I went back to Windows. A week later, I heard of Kubuntu and I fell in love with it! KDE 4.4 looked AMAZINGLY like Windows but with more functionality, the “Run Command” captivated me though, when you right click the desktop or task bar, you can run a command or search for one, simple and efficient. I used it with Wubi installer for up to 2 weeks and decided to dual-boot. Never went back. Now, 3 months later, I’m using it primarily and I customized my desktop to something beautiful! I install Fedora 14 on an old laptop and it has SOME problems with Drivers, but I’m learning to work around it and find some for it. Either way, Linux gives me maximum customization!

  • neeraj vats Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:36

    when i cutomised ubuntu i keep Kde,ubuntu tweak, x-tile inside it but after remastersys the DVD it runs only in live mode but not installed in pc or ubuntu virtual box In virtual box when we install the customised ubuntu 10.04 it runs live in installation process please tell me solution of this problem. if it is disturbed or effected to kde tell me as early as possible.
    Thanks with regards
    Neeraj vats

  • albin May 7, 2012 @ 12:04

    @wolfpak: that is a dock…. you should try rocketdock….. get ur icons sorted……

  • Dan Dumitrache Jun 5, 2012 @ 16:35

    If someone doesn’t use Windows it’s not because it looks bad, but because it is not that good OS like Ubuntu. What is the problem if someone customize Ubuntu to look like Windows?

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