I really should put a disclaimer on these pbr (panel button replacement) themes, you should only really try it out if the instructions I give seem like I'm being too detailed. The only reason for this is that if you somehow lose the default Ambiance theme you will have to hunt down the light-themes package in Synaptic and reinstall it. Also, don't hesitate to ask a question in the reply box or sling me an email if you're having trouble!
Also, I'm almost certain that if a new version of the light-themes package is dropped it will overwrite a theme installed in this way.
This is strictly intended for use with unity on ubuntu 11.04
All kudos to the elementary team (gtk) and the Ambiance team (metacity), everything released under GPL.
1. Backup and/or rename the original Ambiance theme.
2. If you want it to theme the GDM and when sudoed then extract Ambiance.tar.gz into "/usr/share/themes" (after you have done step 1). Then do step 3.
3. Otherwise you can just copy the included "metacity-1" folder into "/usr/share/themes/Ambiance" and choose to merge and replace all. Then do step 4.
4. Then drag Ambiance.tar.gz to the Appearance Preferences theme tab and deselect then reselect Ambiance.
Tip: In order to copy to the "/usr/share/themes" folder you must open the nautilus file manager with privileges.
To do this press Alt-F2 and type:
Ok, If you don't want to use it any more:
1. If you renamed Ambiance then simply name it "Ambiance" again after removing the fake Ambiance elementary theme in both "/usr/share/themes" and "/home/(yourusername)/.themes".
2. If you moved the original Ambiance theme folder out of "/usr/share/themes/" simply open nautilus with privileges and copy your Ambiance backup folder (make sure it's named it "Ambiance") to "/usr/share/themes/". After you've removed both the fake Ambiance elementary theme in both "/usr/share/themes" and "/home/(yourusername)/.themes"
Then unselect and reselect the Ambiance theme in Appearance Preferences
Maximised window buttons now more closely resemble elementary buttons.
Unmaximised windows now use default elementary metacity window theme.
This is a great workaround to changing the panel window controls! Do you plan on adding elementary like mouse-over and pressed tweaked images?
Is it just me or whenever you use a theme other than Radiance or Ambiance, the window decorations appear frozen? The text in the title doesn't change to active or inactive until you force the window to 'refresh' by resizing it.
I decided to make it simply so I could use the elementary theme with Unity without it looking too out of place. There are a number of issues that I'd like to fix. Because the minimize and maximize buttons in the elementary theme are not images but drawn by the metacity window manager I had to replicate them with png images and I haven't gotten around to adding prelight, focus etc. Also the prelight in lists such as the main evolution mail frame washes out the text which renders it almost unusable. app-indicator bg,fg,text colours also need fixing.
The main problem with spending a lot of time to fix all these (and other) issues is that this is just an interim hack. Unity panel will most likely add proper theme support in this release cycle, and this coupled with the upgrade to gtk-3.0 will render this hack and even the elementary theme itself obsolete.
Feel free to tinker away with the metacity and theme, it would still be good to have access to a decent elementary theme for the next couple of months before upgrading to Oneiric.
I completely agree with your reasoning, I'm looking forward to the gtk-3.0 move and future theme efforts, I, and many others, strongly appreciate your panel hack for the internim.
One of the things I'd mentioned turns out to have actually been a bug.
When installing the proprietary ATI driver (fglrx), Compiz stops rendering the window decorations properly for third party themes (all themes but Ambiance and Radiance, strangely.) and the window decorations appear frozen until resized.
This meant that when using your theme (I hadn't used the regular elementary theme long enough due to the unthemed panel to notice the problem) I couldn't see the prelight mouse-hover changes when moving my cursor over the window controls. I thought it was a Unity problem or some new window control system Unity used (due to Ambiance and Radiance working) like the panel theme itself.
It worked for me the second way (metacity-1 to /usr/share/themes, and the tar.gz to appeareance-settings), but I still have some kind of trouble with nautilus (I have nautilus-elementary installed), this is how it looks: [link]
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