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Geeks404.com: Six Ways to a Cool Linux Look - Customizing Your Desktop and Installing Themes

Jun 20, 2000, 18:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Booss)

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link. ]

"One of the great features about Linux is its customizable interfaces. GNOME, KDE, Enlightenment, BlackBox, XMMS, and many other major applications allow you to customize their look and feel through the use of themes. This allows you to truly personalize and express yourself through your computer, and also impress your friends with the latest and greatest themes. We'll walk you through the installation of a few of these looks."

"If you installed GNOME, and use it as your desktop environment, it has many customizable interface features. There are countless themes for GNOME, which you can find at http://gtk.themes.org. There, you will find a large selection of themes that you can choose from, and download easily. Once you have chosen a theme, go to the GNOME Control Center (under "Settings" in the GNOME menu). From there, select Desktop->Theme Selector, and click Install new theme.... Then select the theme you just downloaded, and hit OK. In the Available Themes menu, you should now see the theme you just installed. Click on it for a preview, and click either "Try" to try the theme, or "OK" to set it as your theme. Then, exit the Control Center, and move on to your next task."

"If you use KDE as your desktop environment instead of GNOME, then you should go to http://kde.themes.org, and find a KDE theme you like. Once you have found a good theme, download it, and go to the KDE Control Center. From there, go to Desktop->Theme Manager, and select "Add." Find the theme you just downloaded, and click "OK." Then your newly installed theme should appear in the menu. Select it, and hit "Apply" to preview it, or "OK" to set it as your theme."

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