A Mac OS X theme for ubuntu 13.10 make your ubuntu look like mac os x. There are Nice Themes, Icons, Cairo Dock and other tools to make ubuntu look like Mac OS X Look. There was a project called Mac4Lin to do this thing. But now You want to do it manually. Here is how you can transform linux mint into osx.
Mac OS X transformation pack for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy/Linux Mint 16 includes haniahmed (One Gnome Shell theme) and mbossg (One Gtk theme + two icon sets). These theme and iconset give Ubuntu a very nice feel.
IF you want to go back to old look and feel then also just change the theme and some settings done for this make over.
Step 1 . Wallpapers and Firefox Theme Mac OS X theme for Ubuntu.
This is a very nice job. Download the wallpapers and firefox theme. If you dont like you can switch back easly.
Download Mac OS X Wallpapers
Download Mac theme for Firefox
Unzip the following folder and drag and in firefox and click on install.
Step 2: Install Cairo Dock and change the theme to Mac Like theme.
Right Click on Cairo Dock -> Select Launch Cairo-Dock on Startup. Just go in Configuration section in cairo dock Theme tab Select Mac theme and Apply.
You can try docky insted of cairo dock.
Step 3: Remove overlay scrollbars in Ubuntu 13.10
Remove the overlay scrollbars and enable the standard scrollbar in the right side in Ubuntu. Enter this command in terminal and
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal
Step 4: Install Indicator synapse
Synapse indicator is another cool alternative for “spotlight” in Mac. Install the indicator from the command given below.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install indicator-synapse
a semantic launcher used to start applications and find relevant files using Zeitgeist, extensible through plugins. It’s a great, lightweight alternative to spotlight.
Step 5: Mac OS X Lion Theme, Icons and Mouse Pointers
To change themes in Ubuntu we need The Tweak tool Ubuntu tweak and Gnome Tweak Tool
Install them using
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
Now Install Mac Themes
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mac-icons-v2-noobslab sudo apt-get install mac-ithemes-v2-noobslab
After installation of these themes select theme, icons and mac cursor from ubuntu tweak tool.
Step 6: Change Ubuntu Icon and Autohide Unit Launcher
Go to Settings >> Appearance >> Behaviour and turn on auto hide. Here you can choose the location and sensitivity of the unity launcher.
Change the Ubuntu Icon with Apple Logo
wget -O launcher_bfb.png http://goo.gl/7AIQCA sudo mv launcher_bfb.png /usr/share/unity/icons/
To give back the ubuntu logo
If you want back Ubuntu logo enter following commands in terminal: Terminal Commands: wget -O launcher_bfb.png http://goo.gl/fm8BIe sudo mv launcher_bfb.png /usr/share/unity/icons/
Step 7 : Remove the Ubuntu Logo and Dots from Login Screen
In this step we removing the dots and Ubuntu logo from the login screen. So It almost look like Mac Theme.
sudo xhost +SI:localuser:lightdm sudo su lightdm -s /bin/bash gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter draw-grid false sudo mv /usr/share/unity-greeter/logo.png /usr/share/unity-greeter/logo.png.backup
Step 8 : Mac Fonts for Interface
Change the ubuntu font with mac font. So it look like native mac.
wget -O mac-fonts.zip http://goo.gl/b7CwYz sudo unzip mac-fonts.zip -d /usr/share/fonts sudo fc-cache -f -v
Change the fonts using Unity Tweak tool or Gnome Tweak Tool.
Step 9: Disable Crash Reports
sudo sed -i "s/enabled=1/enabled=0/g" '/etc/default/apport'
Using this command disable various crash reports in Ubuntu.
Now the Ubuntu got a makeover to Mac OS X.
Also elementay OS and Pear OS are the other alternative to this make over. Both are come with nice mac looking theme and are based on Ubuntu.
- Pear OS 8 – Ubuntu Look Like IOS7 and Mac OS X (smashingweb.info)
- Make Your Ubuntu as Flat as Possible with the Superb Numix 2.0 Theme (news.softpedia.com)
- Turn Your GNOME Distro into Mac OS X with Zukitwo Cupertino 0.5.2 (news.softpedia.com)