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Question:Hi everybody!

I'm not so new to linux, but I am completely new to "good look" in Linux. I'm using Debian. And for last 2 days I'm trying to figure out how to install new themes from this great site.

So...I download the theme and...what? I know I sound like a retard but I really don't know what to do..When I go to Appearance preferences->Themes->Install, there are no files in my downloaded theme that I can use.

If there is somewhere explanation that I've skipped, I apologize.

Thank you!





Answer:Hey.

First off I would start by making sure that you have all available theme engines that you can have.

open root terminal or open normal terminal and type su root and give you root password there.

then apt-get install gtk2-engines-*.

Ok if all went fine you should have every available debian theme engine. When you find your icon theme/or gtk2 theme or mouse theme that you would like to use open appearance and drag and drop the theme file you downloaded to the appearance window. Now it should be installed.

To apply themes you like hit the "customize" button and there you can mix different window borders with for example different mouse themes.
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As you are new to debian I give you one nice tip that I have found useful over the years.
To enable composition in metacity which uses low amount of system resources do the following

open terminal
type: gconf-editor
apps-->metacity--> general
there you shall find an entry composition_manager enable it and you have basic composition manager.
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Have a nice day and feel free to ask if you have any more questions
-Zack





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 by newman555 on: Oct 23 2010
 
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THANK YOU!

Everything works fine now, you really helped me out. I've already changed my Debian visual identity. :)

And btw, nice tip!

I still don't understand how I couldn't find info that I need gtk2-engines* for this to work...

Best regards,
Newman


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 by zack1 on: Oct 24 2010
 
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Hey.

You're welcome. Debian is hard to begin with but once you learn all you can it is very fun to use.

To further customize you could also install

apt-get install shiki-colors gnome-art gnome-themes-extras oxygencursors
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shiki-colors installs some nice themes for you and gnome-art is "a tool for downloading and installing GNOME themes
from http://art.gnome.org/ website"

Gnome-themes extras package gives you a set of themes included in debian repos.

Oxygen cursors contain mouse cursor themes which were "originally created for KDE 4." There are of course many other options but at least for me these cursors are a personal favorite.


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 by newman555 on: Oct 24 2010
 
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Nice. Thanks again ;)

Just one question...I couldn't install shiki-colors using aptitude, it didn't find any. Can you suggest a solution?

Newman


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 by zack1 on: Oct 25 2010
 
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You might be using Lenny? Shiki-colors seems to be available for Debian Squeeze and I don't know if there is Lenny version of it.

Anyway if this is the case I can point out that Debian Squeeze is already a very stable system to use (I have used it about half an year now without problems)... However the consideration to upgrade or not upgrade is up to you.

If you deside to upgrade I found you a link to ease the process.

http://www.go2linux.org/how-to-upgrade-from-debian-lenny-to-squeeze
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you can forget the sudo part if you are using the standard debian config: root password and normal password

You can also replace vim with your favorite text editor like gedit for example.
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Have a nice day
-Zack


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 by zack1 on: Oct 25 2010
 
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Or you could try and see if the manual easy way "install" works. See link below


http://debian-art.org/content/show.php/Shiki-Colors?content=86717


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 by newman555 on: Oct 26 2010
 
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Upgrading as I type :) thanks, learned a lot from you!

Newman


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 by zack1 on: Oct 28 2010
 
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Hey.

No problem... always ask when you have a question. Using linux distribution is a community effort after all which means that the best way to learn is to learn from the other users.

Have a nice day.
-Zack



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