elementary 2.0 eGTK Theme Brings an Optional Dark Panel and Other Improvements

elementary 2.5 was released days ago and the latest elementary theme brings the so awaited dark panel variant. eGTK 2.0 feels a lot more snappier and speedy too.
So what’s new in elementary 2.0?
Update: As Andrew from the WebUpd8 blog have pointed out there’s a small typo error in version numbering. Actually it’s elementary 2.0 GTK theme and elementary 2.5 icon theme respectively.
eGTK 2.0 theme brings in the much awaited dark panel variant. And it looks nice. How to enable dark panel in Ubuntu, steps required are described below elementary 2.0 installation instruction.
Webkit based Midori browser and Gedit also gets some neat touches and they look a lot more integrated with the overall theme. eGTK 2.0 gets new progress bar and a much more refined Nautilus-Elementary as well.
How to Install elementary 2.0 GTK Theme in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat?
The latest elementary 2.0 theme is available in elementaryart PPA already. Do the following in Terminal to install eGTK in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementaryart/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-theme
Done.
elementary 2.5 icon theme is not available in the PPA yet, but you can manually download an install it instead. Download Elementary 2.5 icon theme from HERE
Wanna Enable Dark Panels in Elementary GTK Theme?
After installing, you might have already noticed that, there is no separate dark panel elementary theme. Do the following to enable dark panel in eGTK 2.0 theme.
Open elementary theme gtkrc file. For that, simply type the following in Terminal. I am using Gedit here for the sake of simplicity.
sudo gedit /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
Now, scroll down to the bottom part and change include “Apps/panel.rc” to include “Apps/panel-dark.rc (line 670 to me).
Thats it, save, exit it, and after: killall gnome-panel
If you have installed Elementary 2.0 by manually downloading it without using PPA, you will find specific gtkrc file under /home/$USER/.themes directory.

Weather Screensaver is here for XScreensaver

Today is my request day, though 🙂

Up to another user request for screensaver, showing the weather forecast for the current city,

I decided to run and that request. So here it’s first appearing!

IMPORTANT: The current weather is set to Burgas, Bulgaria, so if you want to change it

go to http://www.rssweather.com/dir find your city and copy and paste the RSS URL into

/usr/lib/xscreensaver/weather like root!

sudo gedit /usr/lib/xscreensaver/weather and replace the RSS URL with your one!

Grab it while it’s hot

Also by adding my repository: sudo apt-get install weather-gl

 

PS: I’ll be glad if someone tell me how to make the degree sign ° look normal 🙂

Digital Clock Screen Savers for XScreensaver Appeared

Today as i was reading my feeds i got into the question of the user Honza Pokorny about some clock screensavers for Linux Desktop. So i decided to modify a bit the file GLText coming with the package xscreensaver-gl and here is the result: some simple digital clock screensavers.

You can try it by adding my repo into your sources.list by reading this howto and then executing in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install simple-clock-gl

or you can DOWNLOAD it to your desktop without touching your sources.list and then test it

There are few in this package, as anyone can modify gltext.desktop file to his needs. And as anyone loves screenshots here are they:

simple clock, colored, with simple date, with full date, and wired.

If you want to modify it and make your version, just edit the file

/usr/share/applications/screensavers/glsimplyclock.desktop

by changing “%X” at line #6 to something else like

Exec=gltext -root -front -text ‘your text here\n %l:%M:%S %p’

You can find more at XScreenSaver manual

Exec=gltext -root -text “%X” -no-spin


Elementary dark panel teaser

OK, you know very well about DanRabbit and his great project elementaryOS and about the description of his icons, that says, that the icons doesn’t work with dark panels. That’s was the past. You can already find elementary dark monos into that icon suite and now he is working on a dark panel for elementaryOS – something most of you wanted for a long time!

elementary's dark panel

Here what Dans is saying about “I’ve been working on a new set of monos for Dark panels as well as the styling for this sexy new dark panel in eGTK. Figured I should tease you a bit :)”

 

elementary theme with new release and improved look

A new release of the popular elementary theme version 1.2 has been released. Now with adding improved support for Nautilus-Elementary, a revised style for the Midori web browser and some new look minimal scroll bars.

The theme also sees notable speed improvements & bug fixes.

Installation

The latest and greatest release of the Elementary GTK will be available via the Elementary PPA very shortly. In the mean time if you’re dying to play with the new scrollbars you can download the theme here http://danrabbit.deviantart.com/art/elementary-gtk-theme-83104033

Note that elementary uses and requires three theme engines: Murrine, Aurora, and Equinox. Aurora and Murrine are pre-installed in Ubuntu, but Equinox, can be installed via the Elementary PPA.


UbuntuTools – Common Ubuntu System Operations Made Easy

Ubuntu Tools was initially a script (more or less like our Ubuntu Start) which evolved into an application and can be used to perform a lot of operations which would require lots of clicks or the use of a terminal – all within the same application.

You can use Ubuntu Tools for very basic operations such as upgrade or clean the system:

ubuntu tools

to more advanced onces like editing the GRUB:

ubuntu tools advanced
The application also allows you to install some Nautilus scrips – of which some look really interesting such as a script to add repositories via right click in Nautilus (either by hand or right clicking a file):

The application can do a lot more – you can discover everything by installing it: simply download Ubuntu Tools via Gnome-Look, extract it, then right click on the “Installer”, select “Properties” and on the “Permissions” tab, check the “Allow executing file as program” box. Then double click the “Installer” file and select “Run”.

If you want to uninstall it, simply double click the “Installer” again, select “Run”, when it asks for an upgrade select “No” and the script will then ask you if you want to remove it.
And an advice: the Installer downloads and installs the application via a Dropbox account which is not exactly safe so make sure you check the Installer code and the code of any files it downloads before using it. Always do this before using a script!

Mark Shuttleworth Introduces Window Indicators

During the controversy about moving the window controls in Ubuntu to the left, Mark Shuttleworth hinted that the newly available space on the right of the window title bar could be put to a new use:

“Moving everything to the left opens up the space on the right nicely, and I would like to experiment in 10.10 with some innovative options there.”

Now it is clear what he was talking about: Shuttleworth has introduced window indicators (“windicators”) on his blog. Window indicators are like the indicator applet on the panel, but live on the right hand side of every window title bar. They would be used to show state for a particular application, and would be interacted with using an API similar to the one used for the indicator applet.

Here are the example window indicators given:

  • online/offline status
  • unsaved changes
  • progress
  • “basket” showing items selected for a purpose
  • sharing status
  • application-specific volume

Shuttleworth also proposes using window indicators and Chrome-inspired temporary status bars to replace traditional status bars. This would save precious vertical screen space on netbook displays. On netbooks, window indicators would also be integrated into the panel like the title bar is in Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Shuttleworth blogged about a global menu bar for netbooks as well.

These changes would be implemented in the next version of Ubuntu, 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat.”

“Windicators are indicators displayed in the window title bar that behave just like the indicators in the panel: they have an icon which shows state, and clicking on the icon brings up a menu” ~ Mark Shuttleworth”

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