No doubt many people switched from Windows to Linux, mainly because they are seeking freedom and customization. In many aspects Linux makes things run the way you want them to run.
When I switched to Linux, my first distribution was Ubuntu and it was using Gnome 2. The experience I had with Gnome 2 was amazing. At the time the latest Windows was XP and Ubuntu was still in 9.04. One of the advantages of Linux (depending on the desktop environment) is the ability to give your system a personalized look and feel.
There were (and still are) plenty of ways you could customize your desktop with tools like Compiz, Avant Window Navigator (a bit obsolete right now), Gnome themes, icon packs, Conky and so much more. And yes, that was the first thing that impressed me back then – I was finally able to make my desktop more productive and much more pleasant.
Nowadays there are even more desktop environments available – Gnome Shell, Cinnamon, Unity, KDE, XFCE, MATE to name a few. Each of them provide cool features of their own. Today I will show you how to add more cool features to make your desktop look even better.
Note that I will be using Linux Mint Cinnamon edition for this article. However the installations below can be ran on other Debian based distros such as Ubuntu, Debian etc. At the end you will have a Desktop looking similar to this:
The above includes:
- Numix GTK theme
- Numix Icons – circle
- Conky Manager (used to display Geeky stuff on your desktop)
- Plank – Cool dock used in Elementary OS
First things first
We will start with the installation of GTK theme. I am big fan of Numix because of the flat and clean look. To install Numix GTK theme, simply fire up your terminal and enter the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme
While on it, lets install the Numix circle theme.
sudo apt-get install numix-icon-theme-circle
Now head to the “Themes” section of your OS. You can simply start the Menu/Dash and look for “Themes”. If you are using Gnome Shell, use the Gnome Tweak Tool. Enable Numix:
If you want to you can install the Numix Desktop theme by clicking on the “Add/remove desktop themes”.