Macbuntu Makes Your Linux Desktop Look Like Mac OS X

We've shown you how to bring the OS X GUI to Windows, but if you're more of a Linux fan, Macbuntu will add an OS X theme to your Ubuntu desktop instead.

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If you're a fan of OS X's GUI but don't feel like paying for a Mac (or giving up your precious Linux), Macbuntu will install all the necessary apps, icons, and other resources to make your desktop look just like OS X. If you're using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, just type the following four lines in a Terminal window, hitting Enter after each one:

wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz -C /tmp cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04/ ./

If you're using the new Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, type the following instead (note that the 10.10 Macbuntu is still in Alpha):

wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz -C /tmp cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10/ ./

It's a pretty well put together theme, and it will even give you a few options during setup, like which logo you want to use in your menu bar, whether you want Firefox, Chrome and Thunderbird themes, and whether you want to add features like hot corners or an Expose-like window previewer. And, if you ever decide that you want to go back to the regular GNOME desktop, you can easily uninstall the theme by retyping the above commands, replacing ./ with ./ instead.

Macbuntu is a free download for machines running Ubuntu Linux.

Macbuntu [via WebUpd8]


    who would want to make Ubuntu look like mac? it almost defeats the point of using ubuntu.

      Agreed. I always get this feeling that Linux users are very ashamed of their GUI that they are quick to copy other established GUIs.

      I use Macs and Windows machines, I think i rather keep doing that than have Linux boxes that pretend to be either of these.

      Then again, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

      Not if the point of using Ubuntu is having the choice to tailor the interface to your liking.

      Also, themers are moving the GTK menu bar out of the window to the top of the screen now? Wild.

    I agree Anton.

    TBH on Linux I much prefer *box GUIs. I can see why they aren't the most popular, but it's better than a buggy, mediocre emulation of another OS!

    What if I have Karmic Koala (9.10) ?

    can/will macbuntu be installed in/over kde-mint9 kubuntu?

    Im disagreeing the saying about why install macbuntu, it's just a theme, and it works like a good piece of software:D

    I love it too. Ubuntu means freedom, and I like the freedom of having it the Mac-look way. I come from the mac world, so I love the interface of this theme. Feels a bit like having the best from two worlds to be honest.

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