HP has an Ubuntu-based netbook, the Mini 1000 Mi Edition, that brings a whole new look to Linux laptops. Luckily, regular ol’ Ubuntu users can put some of the Mini’s black-and-blue looks on their desktop. Unless you’re rocking a netbook compiled for LPIA (Low Power on Intel Architecture), you can’t get the slick looks of HP’s custom launcher or other hardware-specific tools. But since everything’s based on Ubuntu 8.04, any updated Ubuntu user can grab the basic theme, colours, and backgrounds from HP’s remix. As described by an Ubuntu Forums poster, those keen on a dark theme can head to the universe section of the Hardy-HPMini site, and grab three pre-compiled packages:
gnome-backgrounds-hp_0.4_all.deb (or the updated versions of those packages). Download, double-click to run the package manager on them, and open the Appearance tool to change your theme and background. Your next launch of Firefox will bring up a new theme installed, which you can select to mesh with your new black and blue theme.
Here’s a shot of the theme in action; click for the full 1680-wide view: