How to install my Linux Theme Package
I've created this page in order to help you to customize your Linux system
and gain even more aesthetics GNOME desktop.
You will or you already did download one of my design package and now you will get the information what is in that package. I have made one standard storing system to ensure simplicity. In my design package I archived those folders into one tar.gz file. Here you can see the archived package from "inside". With the increase of my personal development the number of customized parts of my Linux Design themes have been increased too and the tools I've used for the creation were modernized as well but there will be obvious differences what exactly is included in a theme package.
For instance in the Light Coffee design package you won't find FIREFOX folder - there is no suggested design for Firefox by Light Coffee design.
In case you miss a folder from a design package there will be only two reason for it a) the limitation of the copyright blocks the redistribution possibility or b) I don't have any special one to suggest.
This folder includes the Beryl Emerald files and to use it you got to have Beryl application installed. The theme is named as name...version...style
Note: Usually I make three styles out of my basic theme.
These styles can only be LB as left side button - MB as middle button - RB as right side button. This way I have named all the Beryl files.
In order to get my Beryl theme work on your system do the following:
a) Import the SOMETHING.emerald file(s) from the BERYL folder. This is done by using the Emerald Theme Manager. PICTURE
b) Once that is done click on the newly installed Beryl Emerald theme in order to use it.
Unfortunately not all my theme came with Firefox theme but in this library you will find if I have one special that fits best to my design. Below are the steps how to install any Firefox theme:
Note: I have to mention I named the folder from Firefox but the theme is good for Iceweasel too and the installation steps are the same.
a) Open the web browser.
b) Select 'Add-ons' from 'Tools' menu. PICTURE
c) From FIREFOX folder in theme package pull the file firefox.SOMETHING.jar into the Firefox Adds-on window.
d) On the Adds-on windows/Theme tab choose the newly installed theme with the button 'Use Theme'
e) Restart your web browser.
GDM (GNOME Display Manager):
For GNOME users the login screen is being managed by GDM and that can easy be personalized. Here is the write-up how to do it:
a) Select login window from GNOME menu/ System/ Administration/ Login Window (you will be asked for the root password). PICTURE
b) Pull the file GDM.SOMETHING.tar.gz file from the GDM folder into the Login Window and accept the installation.
c) Choose your newly installed theme as default then log out from GNOME to see your new theme.
I named this folder as GTK2 but this is not exactly correct. GTK means kind of other thing. Anyhow this folder is to store files to set your GNOME theme.
a) Open the 'Theme' manager from GNOME menu/ System/Preferences. PICTURE
b) Pull the SOMETHING.tar.gz file from the GTK2 folder into the Theme window and accept the installation.
c) Choose your newly installed theme as default and then you will see your new theme.PICTURE
Note: in some case the new theme does not appear in the theme window. Don't worry, the theme is there but to use it you have to select first the 'Theme Details' and then in the 'Controls' you will see the new theme. PICTURE
There is a new feature for GNOME users called Gnome-Color-Chooser. This is the most important tool for a Linux designer. You have to install this application first if you did not do yet. Here I will show the way for my uploaded version (0.2.1).
1. Get the .deb file link1 or link2 and install it.
2. Type in a terminal: sudo synaptic ; give the root password.
3. Select from the Menu/ Edit/ Fix Broken Packages all the broken package for installation or re-installation and do so.
Note: if you run into any difficulty get help from: link
4. Import the SOMETHING.gnomecc file by using the simple 'Open' function from the 'File' menu. PICTURE
5. Apply the colour setup and check your system if you have to change any colour because of colour discrepancy.
To install the icon theme you have to take a) and b) steps from GTK2 section above.
Note: some good version of icon theme will ask you to apply immediately for the system, do that. Othewise:
c) If the newly installed icon theme didn't appear on your system, you have to select the 'Theme Details' and then the 'Icons' tab. PICTURE
d) Select your installed and desired icon theme.
Your file manager in GNOME is Nautilus. Probably you already know hot to customize the background but if not do this:
a) Open the file manager.
b) From the Nautilus menu bar select Edit/ Backgrounds and Emblems... and you then will see the customization window.
c) Add a new pattern from the NAUTILUS folder in the design package. PICTURE
d) Pull the newly added theme onto your Nautilus file manager window and see how the theme takes place.
This folder is to store the design files for the Gnome panel and very simple to customize.
1. Right click on your panel and open the preferences.
2. Then click on the 'Background' tab and select 'Background image'.
3. Now browse to the panel file in the PANEL folder, within the unpacked design pack (the path can be different from theme to theme).
4. Setup the size of the panel for the size has been given in the name of the panel file.
One of the best thing in Linux that you can customize everithing you like to. This apply for the SPLASH SCREEN as well.
Note: You may have Splash Screen selector application installed and how to use that is obvious. But if you do not have that I wrote below the method anyway.
a) Based on your system setup either you can or you cannot see the line 'Configuration Editor' in your
Gnome menu/ Applications/ System Tools. If you have that line click on it otherwise type in a terminal: gconf-editor.
b) The setup will be done using the configuration editor. Double click on the line 'apps'.
c) Find the line 'gnome-session' and double click on it.
d) Select the line 'options' and you will see the line 'splash_image' on the right side.
e) Change the path in the 'Value' field to the path of SPLASH SCREEN folder from the design package. PICTURE
This is the folder where I stored some good looking desktop picture for the full design. You for sure know already how to change your wallpaper, do you? [try right click on your desktop =)]
That's all and I hope this write-up help a bit.
I am ready to answer any of your question regarding my themes.