Pimp my Ubuntu, Cinnamon style

Some relationships are just not meant to last - c'est la vie. Be it the timing, emotional state, or the fact compiz takes up shit load of CPU in still water.
Unity, I think it's time we see other user interfaces.


A rather short Googling session had led me to this post, which really spoke to my heart. The installation was fast and painless, and once I re-logged in things began to look up and beautiful.
Perhaps going with Mint in the first place would have been the smart thing to do, but given that  I was in too deep and already had Ubuntu 12.04 installed with no desire whatsoever to go through the process of installing a fresh OS, this seemed like the perfect solution.

So Cinnamon it is, and while we're at it, a few addons that have made it to the finals in my book:

  • debimint's Light & Dark Void theme pack, I hit if off with the light version.
  • Window List With App Grouping applet so you could have multiple instances of the same application grouped Windows 7 style. Don't forget to add this applet to your Applets list once you've installed it according to the instructions on its home page.
  • Consider the Zukitwo theme, and make sure to "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-default-settings" in case it causes some windows to have a background making text unreadable (not a pleasant sight).
  • If you use the Ambiance theme, or some other theme that makes it hard to tell the active terminal tab apart from the inactive ones, you may want to change the color of the active tab in (gnome) terminal, all credit goes to this post. Open "/usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/gtk-widgets.css", and change the background-image to use orange (#fb9267) instead of the @fg_color. The final block looks like so:
.notebook tab:active {
    background-image: -gtk-gradient (linear, left top, left bottom,
                                     from (shade (#fb9267, 1.1)),
                                     to (shade (#fb9267, 1.02)));
    -unico-border-gradient: -gtk-gradient (linear, left top, left bottom,
                                           from (shade (@bg_color, 0.84)),
                                           to (shade (@bg_color, 0.8)));
}



Kowabunga.

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