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Gnome desktop is being accepted again by Ubuntu community after the announcement of Unity-8 is going to be buried. I am not going to talk about this new again since we already did and this post is about theme. T4G-V2 theme is created by a guy from gnome-look named "paulxfce", this theme is heavily modified version of popular Arc theme but with transparency items. This theme is specifically targeting Gnome desktop and do not expect it to work on other desktops, if you are using Gnome 3.20 and up versions then you are lucky to have it on your desktop. It offers bigger header-bars, window-frameless, transparent elements (all gnome-3 window backgrounds have transparency), graphical elements redone (new option/check-buttons; switch-buttons), added shadows beneath the header-bars.
It is available in three variants for GTK, as well as for Gnome Shell, you can choose whatever you feel is fit for your desktop; Black-Dark: The black-colored windows with dark sidebar in the file-manager, Black-Light: The black-colored windows with light sidebar in the file-manager, Blue-Light: The dark-blue colored windows with light sidebar in the file-manager. Since this theme is in active development if you encounter any issues with the latest version of the theme then report it to developer and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme from its page and install it manually. Obsidian icons used in the following screenshots. You can use Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes/icons.

T4G theme
There are many themes available which are flat design and target people who prefer flat themes for their desktop. This theme Flat-Plat-Aurora is based on Flat-Plat which is material-design flat theme and it was released in 2015. It is compatible with GTK 3.22+ and Gnome Shell 3.22/3.24 and available for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety and 17.04 Zesty. It support almost every desktop such as Unity, Gnome Shell, Xfce, Cinnamon, Mate and so on but not compatible with KDE. If you encounter any issues with the latest version of the theme 3.20/3.22 then report it to developer and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme from its page and install it manually. Pop Suite icons used in the following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change icons.

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You may have heard of the news about the Unity 8 development has stopped and Ubuntu is switching back to Gnome. If you have switched back to Gnome on your current desktop or planning to then here is good news for you. United Gnome can make your desktop feel like Unity but not exactly same. The idea behind this theme is a while back there was a concept what Ubuntu would look like in the future but that never happened. Then Aaron stepped in and tried to give concept a real look on the desktop using Gnome Shell desktop.
United Gnome theme uses Flat-plat theme as a base, it is intended to use on Gnome 3.24 but it is also compatible with Gnome 3.22 and 3.20 versions. This theme offers three GTK variants United(white version), United Dark(complete dark) and United Darker(White with dark titles); and five gnome shell variants allows you to choose what fits your needs.
Beside theme you can install these extensions to make desktop look more like Unity. Dash to dock: Enable panel mode and position it on the left; Dynamic Panel Transparency: The non-dark variant comes with a semi-transparent panel. Square icons used in the following screenshots.

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It is glad to see that theme development is much faster now than past. Albatross theme is forked from Shimmer project team, they stopped the development long ago. If you want to keep your desktop simple, clean and elegant then for sure this theme is for you, it is specially targeting Gnome desktop and may work with Xfce. Currently this theme is compatible with Gtk 3.24+/3.22/3.20. If you intend to use this theme in the Xfce desktop then you must use xfwm4 from "Greybird/Adwaita" since that is not packed with this theme. Since this theme is in active development, if you encounter any bug or problem with this theme then report it to get it fixed. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshot.


Available for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install Albatross theme in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

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If you are struggling with focus on something, it could be your work or study then try Pomodoro technique, this method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. You can read more about Pomodoro here.
Gnome Pomodoro is an application which helps managing time according to the Pomodoro technique. It tells you to focus on the task by taking short intervals and intends to improve the productivity. This application is completely integrated with Gnome desktop environment and uses Gnome Technologies, that doesn't mean it can't be installed on other desktops. This workflow can improve focus, physical health and mental agility depending on how you spend your breaks and how strictly you follow the routine.
Principles of Pomodoro Technique: Focusing on work for limited time, about half an hour, and Clearing your mind during breaks.

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As you may already know that Ubuntu is switching back to Gnome, this is the transition time for Ubuntu to switch back. Some creators are motivated and creating themes for Gnome desktop, which is a good thing and hopefully we shall see plenty of Gnome themes and icons around soon. As its name shows "Minwaita" it is minimal/compact version of Adwaita theme, the theme is available after some enhancements to make Gnome more sleek and more vanilla Gnome experience without moving to away from Adwaita's design. This theme is compatible with Gnome 3.20 and up versions. This theme was released back in November, 2016 and still in continuous development that means if you find any problem or bug in the theme then report it to get it fixed in the next update. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshots.

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Yes, indeed, you heard/read it right. A moment of silence for my and your feelings about Ubuntu on phones and desktop "convergence". Yesterday was 5th of April not 1st and it doesn't seem like a April fool joke. For sure I didn't see that coming and it is shocking to me as well.

Yesterday Mark Shuttleworth published a post on Ubuntu insights:
I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Further he wrote:
I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts.
I believe in future somebody will try to implement the idea of "convergence" again and those will be lucky. I still think it can be somewhat possible but you should have what it takes, and it takes a lot, which we community don't have; Resources and time. We always look forward to the new release and we expect them to make great things for us but on the user side we don't do a thing to make this OS better, like programmers can give some free time to contribute to the project or if you can't program donate something to the project or help in any other way but We Don't and I guess very few of us did, that's why we are seeing this great thing dying.


My reaction to see Unity8 dying is like 50/50, stuck between two emotions. I am happy and sad at the same time, we can debate on that. Why I am happy? Because now canonical can focus on desktop operating system and will make much better progress. On the other side, I am sad too because I loved/preferred Unity7 and was expecting Unity8 to be superior, desktop and mobile/tablet devices friendly but now non of these going to happen anytime soon.
When Canonical announced the Ubuntu Touch for mobiles and showed a demo, I was quite happy and desperate to get Nexus 4 as soon as possible and try early versions of Ubuntu Touch, at that time Nexus 4 was the only mobile you could get Ubuntu Touch working. I followed along the development of Ubuntu Touch and I still have Nexus 4 as my secondary phone which I bought only to use/experience Ubuntu Touch (checkout my very first video - in excitement I forgot to remove screen protector came with nexus 4) and I did try Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 7 (2012) tablet as well in 2013. Good old days.


Well some people can/will fork it. But still it is not possible to continue development without huge resources, time and motivation (which we community don't have - "I guess"). UBports is well known site for Ubuntu phone community and after the yesterday's news Marius Gripsgard posted on his G+ account "I will do my best to keep Ubuntu touch and Unity8 standing on both it's legs! It will be hard." Lets see how it goes and how long he can maintain these two projects, let the time decide, I can't give you false hopes.
I wish canonical continue the development of Unity7 for many years but Gnome is a great desktop and it is around from a long long time and continue to evolve, I used and loved it too. Lets not forget about other awesome desktops too: Xfce, KDE, Cinnamon, Mate, LXDE; we still have great options to choose from depending on our needs. Also Mr. Shuttleworth mentioned "We will continue to produce the most usable open source desktop in the world." I wish canonical and Gnome project work together to make Gnome much better, so we can love it.


Future of Ubuntu is still bright. Canonical will now focus on the desktop OS, cloud (LXD, Juju, MAAS, BootStack, OpenStack) and IOT (Internet of Thing) and Snappy technologies will make progress and get polished.

Since Ubuntu is switching back to Gnome desktop, we will see Ubuntu Gnome project going away, well in my point of view that's not a big deal, what's the point of keeping a standalone Ubuntu Gnome project when we're already getting Gnome as default desktop.

What will happen to MIR display server project? There are so many unanswered questions and I am looking for answers too.

Let us know! what do you think about this whole situation.
There isn't much theme development going on now a days for latest Ubuntu version like it used to in past, we had so many themes to choose from for our beloved desktop but it is quite unfortunate. Hopefully creators will jump in eyecandy pool once again and give us those great themes taste we used to have for our Linux desktops. But there are still some people who are giving their free time to Linux eyecandy and we must appreciate them.
Chrome OS theme is basically material designed GTK theme with flat and elegant colors, it has two variants Chrome OS variant and Android OS variant but looks great on Ubuntu 16.10 and 16.04, it can also work on Linux Mint 18 desktop. It offers theme for Unity, Gnome Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce that means all major desktops are covered. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator via linked page. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool.

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This first release of BorderLine theme was in 2011 and it is still available for Ubuntu 12.04, it is based on two themes greybird and pieces which are no longer in development. As its name explains that it has lines around borders of menus, dialog boxes, file manager, applications and other window borders. For Ubuntu 12.04 it also offers Gnome Shell theme which is compatible with Shell 3.6 version. Recently this theme has been ported to Gnome 3.16 and most recent update squashed some bugs for Gnome 3.16, and it intended to use in Gnome Fallback session but you can still use it in different desktop environments such as Unity, Cinnamon, Mate, Gnome Fall back/flash back and so.It contains new switches which works great with indicators, new metacity which is flat, color is fixed in some areas. You can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool or Ubuntu-Tweak to change themes.

Borderline theme in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily


Borderline theme in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise

To install BorderLine theme in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily/Linux Mint 13 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
That's it
Now a days we receive feedback from people saying why not eyecandy stuff coming like we used to receive in past, it's because there aren't much themes and icons development going on. Maybe short life version do not motivate developers, creators to work hard because after few months their hard work seems useless because of end of life of the distribution version. Flat-Plat theme is in development since last year and supporting every Gnome version, now it is compatible with latest Gnome 3.18 and it was started from Gnome 3.14, we can hope developer of this theme will carry it for more versions.
Basically Flat-Plat theme is a material design like flat theme designed for Gnome Shell and GTK 3/2, it support Gnome starting from 3.14 and latest 3.18, and doesn't work properly with other Gnome versions. GTK version of this theme can also work in Xfce desktop, as I tested. If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme and install it manually. You can use Gnome-tweak-tool to change icons/themes.
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Gnome Flashback (previously called GNOME fallback mode) is a session for Gnome 3 which was initially called "Gnome Fallback", and available as a stand-alone session in Debian and Ubuntu. It provides a similar user experience to the Gnome 2.x series sessions. It consists of the following components: GnomePanel, Metacity, GnomeApplets, and etc. It doesn't use 3D acceleration at all, so it's generally faster and less CPU intensive than GNOME Shell/other desktops with llvmpipe.
The GNOME Session Manager is in charge of starting the core components of the GNOME desktop, and applications that should be launched at login time. It also features a way to save and restore currently running applications. This is a transitional package to ease upgrades to gnome-session-flashback. It can be safely removed.
Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. "Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

Ubuntu AIO DVD is an open source and freely distributed software product that provides users with a special distribution of Linux which includes multiple editions of the world's most popular operating system, Ubuntu.
Ubuntu AIO includes all official flavors in one ISO: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 14.04, Xubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS. You don't have to download every desktop ISO, simply you can burn it on a DVD or on USB and use it.

"The plan is to bring Ubuntu and some of the official derivatives (Kubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, Xubuntu and Lubuntu) on one iso file that can be burnt on one DVD or USB flash drive. Every one of them can be used as Live system, with no need of installation on hard drive, or can be eventually installed on computer for full Ubuntu or any other system experience."

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Install Gnome Shell 3.8 and Shell Extensions in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail/Linux Mint 15

Gnome 3.8.2 has been released and apart from the various Gnome libraries, services and core parts that have been upgraded, we should take a look on the applications and utilities that are also part of Gnome.
GNOME 3.8.2 is full of fixes, documentation and translation updates, get its sources from our servers, or binaries from your distribution servers.
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Application Menu

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Shell Extensions and Places indicator

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Activities Overview

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Shell Search Improved

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Previous used applications

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Notifications (open with Super+M)

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Activities windows placement extension

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Gnome Classic (Fallback Mode)

Note: If you have Cinnamon 1.8 then following commands will break your Cinnamon desktop. Don't install if you want to stick with Cinnamon.

To install Gnome Shell 3.8 in Ubuntu 13.04/Linux Mint 15 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

If you want to install complete Gnome then also use this command:
That's it
NouveGnome-Gray icons designed for Gnome and to be use with dark themes. It looks beautiful with every theme, you can give a try.
NouveGnome-Colors looks good with light themes, Author mentioned these icons are not completed yet but you can install them.
You can use Gnome-tweak-tool or Ubuntu-Tweak to change icons. Also Checkout Icons Collection.

1: NouveGnome-Gray Icons

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To install NouveGnome-Gray icons in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

2: NouveGnome-Color Icons

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To install NouveGnome-Color icons in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

You can install these icons on other distributions from here.
That's it
The Ubuntu GNOME Remix is a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories. As this is our first release, there are still a few minor issues, but we proudly recommend the Ubuntu GNOME Remix to anyone interested in using Ubuntu with the best of what GNOME has to offer.
What's Included:
  • The Ubuntu GNOME Remix ships with GNOME 3.6. Please see the GNOME Release Notes to see what's new in 3.6.
  • GNOME Shell 3.6.1 and GDM 3.6.1. Among other improvements, the login and lock screen have been redesigned.
  • Web (epiphany-browser).
  • Abiword for word processing and Gnumeric for spreadsheets.
  • Evolution as email client.
  • Software (gnome-package-kit), which also includes its own update manager. You can install updates by opening Software and clicking Check for Updates in the Software app menu.
  • GNOME Classic (gnome-panel 3) is included but GNOME Shell is the default session if your hardware supports it.
  • Tweak Tool and dconf Editor are provided for customizing advanced settings.
  • Cheese is a fun webcam app.
  • Gwibber allows you to easily connect via social media.
  • The complete GNOME Games collection.
  • Rhythmbox is the default music player.
  • Shotwell is the default photo manager.
  • Useful utilities like Simple Scan and Transmission.

Known issues:
As is to be expected, there are some significant known bugs that you may run into with this first release. The ones we know about at this point (and some of the workarounds), are documented here so you don't need to spend time reporting these bugs again:
  • Evolution doesn't add Gmail accounts. On the final page of the setup wizard, uncheck the boxes to add Contacts & Calendar sync to work around this issue. This will be fixed in an update shortly. (1049028)
  • Keyboard layout doesn't show in GNOME Shell top bar (1045914). This won't be fixed for 12.10 as the new keyboard status menu requires a newer version of ibus than will be available in Ubuntu 12.10. ibus has a lot of reverse dependencies that would need to be rebuilt for the new ibus version.
  • There are two Online Accounts entries in System Settings. One is the GNOME tool which you can use for Contacts, Documents, and Evolution. The other is Ubuntu's tool for Empathy, Gwibber, Shotwell, and if you install it, Unity. Hopefully for 13.04, we'll be able to use just one tool. (1040193)
  • The category headings in System Settings have ugly "missing icon" icons (934335)
  • The system status menu (the "cog" indicator at the far right in GNOME Clasic) doesn't show up in some cases or display correctly when using the default Adwaita theme or the accessibility themes (975563).
  • A separate ubuntu-control-center will not make it into Ubuntu 12.10 but may still happen for 13.04.
  • Virtualbox drm driver fails to auto-load (Debian:686994).

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Install Gnome Tweak Tool 3.6 in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal, Previous Gnome Tweak Tool Versions in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/11.10 Oneiric/11.04

Gnome Tweak Tool is a tool to customize advanced GNOME 3 options. Gnome Tweak Tool is also known as Advanced Settings. Gnome tweak tool that allows users to change Gnome Shell and GTK themes, enable/disable extensions, set fonts preferences, set desktop functionality and so much more was a little late to update to 3.6.0 but it brought some long awaited things to be happy about!
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Support typing options has been added

What's New:
  • An incompatibility with new gnome-shell extensions has been fixed.
  • User can now configure extension preferences.
  • Support for input sources has been added.
  • Support typing options has been added.
  • A lot of translation improvements have been implemented.
  • Support power-button action has been added.

To install Gnome Tweak Tool in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following command in the Terminal:
That's it
The GNOME Project is proud to present GNOME 3.6, the third update to the 3.x series. This latest version of GNOME 3 includes a number of new features and enhancements, as well as many bug fixes and minor improvements. Together, they represent a significant upgrade to the GNOME 3 user experience.

Andreas Nilsson, President of the GNOME Foundation, said: “The GNOME Foundation is proud to present this latest GNOME release, and I would like to congratulate the GNOME community on its achievement.” He described the release as “an important milestone in our mission to bring a free and open computing environment to everyone.
Highlights for this release include:
  • Big improvements to notifications, including a redesigned Message Tray, smarter notifications, and other tweaks and refinements.
  • An enhanced Activities Overview with an improved layout.
  • A greatly enhanced Files application, with functional file search, a new Recent location, redesigned interface and lots of bug fixes and handy new features.
  • Integrated Input Sources, which makes inputting different character sets (eg. Japanese or Chinese) fast and easy.
  • Accessibility on demand, meaning that universal access features like the Orca screen reader can be enabled with the push of a button.
  • A new Lock Screen. This provides an attractive view when the device is locked, plus handy functionality like media controls and notifications.
There are many other enhancements in GNOME 3.6, including Online Accounts support for Microsoft Exchange, Facebook and Windows Live, much improved System Settings and a redesigned User Menu. Many GNOME applications have also received improvements, including Web, Empathy, Disk Usage Analyzer, Disks and the Font Viewer. This release also includes the first major release of Boxes, an application for using remote systems and virtual machines, and a development preview of the new Clocks application.
You can read about all the changes included in GNOME 3.6 in the release notes.

Screen Shots

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Lock Screen

Login Screen

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Activities Overview

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Applications Overview

System Settings

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Message Tray

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Boxes Overview


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Disk Analyzer


Input Sources

Recent Files