Ubuntu to Blubuntu , it's a zip
If you thought that the default Ubuntu mix of Brown and Orange sucked , then here’s your chance to make it cool blue. You don’t need to download anything big. Just a couple of wallpapers and a splash screen. Are you ready to take a dip into blue territory ? Then let’s begin…
First thing’s first. Let’s make the Login Window blue. Go to System>Administration>Login Window
Select any blue Login Window like Circles or Happy Gnome and click on the radio button beside it.
Now , click on the security tab and click on the check box beside ” Allow local system administrator login “. This allows graphical root login which we wil use later.
That’s it , you are done with the login window.
I must admit that all those brown and orange wallpapers get to your head after sometime. So why not have a fluid , cool , blue wallpaper. Unfortunately Ubuntu doesn’t pack any blue wallpapers by default , so you will have to download your own. How about a couple of blue wallpapers that I made…
Now use them as your wallpapers , or you could find more at Gnome look .
Cool , now you have a blue wallpaper.
3. Gnome Panel
Do this only after you have your blue wallpaper.
Configuring the Gnome panel is easy.
Just right click on a blank space in the panel and select properties.
In the background tab , select something blue as your solid color and set the transparency to your choice. This helps blend the panel with the wallpaper.
Done that , now you have a blue panel.
Configuring your default GTK theme is easy. Click on System>Preferences>Theme.
Click on the “Theme details” button.
In the ” Controls ” tab , choose Clearlooks.
In the Window border tab , choose Human.
In the Icons tab , choose Tango.
Now , click on the close button and then save your theme as Blubuntu.
Wow , that was easy.
Do this only after you have completed the previous four steps.
That little image in the middle of the screen , that you see just after logging in , is your splash screen. They are alwasy .png images.
Download a bluish Splash Screen , or you could try my custom made Splash Screen…
Download the image to your desktop and make two copies.
Name the 1st one as ubuntu-splash , and the 2nd one as ubuntu-slick. DO NOT CHANGE THE EXTENSION.
I am assuming that your username is eric .
Now , log out.
In your new , blue login screen type your username as root.
Give your root password and login as root. ( Read Step 1. for further reference )
Navigate to /usr/share/pixmaps/splash and there rename your existing splash images to 1,2,3 or anything other that ubuntu-splash and ubuntu-slick.
Navigate to /home/eric/desktop ( I HAVE ASSUMED THAT YOUR USERNAME IS eric ). Copy the two splash images and paste them in /usr/share/pixmaps/splash
Now , log out and login.
You now have a blue login window , blue splash , blue windows , blue panel and best of all , a blue wallpaper. So right now you are the proud owner of Blubuntu…
This is what my desktop looked like…
Comments and suggestions are welcome . Oh and do tell me if it helped… If you want Ubuntu 6.10 to have a consistent blue theme , the do contribute to Ubuntu art. Here’s the link , I do say that you might find some of my work there.