Mac4Lin 1.0 – The easiest way to dress up your Linux desktop to look like a Mac

In: Linux|Tips & Tricks

18 Jun 2009

Mac4Lin, a popular tool used to give mac style look to Linux desktop is now updated to 1.0. It consists of all the skins, icons, themes and other graphics which can give your linux desktop a mac look. It is the easiest way because it can automate most of the skin changes including login window, window look & feel, buttons, customized awn/cairo dock etc.

These are the changes from previous versions as described by the author. You can also find more screenshots on his blog

* Fully supports GNOME 2.26 and backwards compatible
* Improved support for GlobalMenu, support integrated in the default GTK theme
* Better native Xfce support
* Icon additions
* Statusbar is now fixed
* New progress bars
* New tabs
* Improved installation and uninstallation scripts
* Integrates well with Globus
* Finer UI refinements
* Metacity theme now supports different button sizes
* Firefox 3 themes are now updated
* Songbird plugins included
* Pidgin AWN 64bit plugin now included
* Fonts are now consolidated
* Transparent top panel
* GDM theme is now in-line with Mac OS X login window
* Cairo dock is the default recommended dock

You can download the package from Sourceforge

If you don’t want Mac4Lin and need a step by step guide for more control, you can check the below link. It is written particulary for Ubuntu hardy, but should work in Ubuntu 9.04 as well.

http://maketecheasier.com/turn-your-ubuntu-hardy-to-mac-osx-leopard/2008/07/23

Note: As I mentioned in another post, these tools are experimental and not very stable. If you want a stable Linux, you would better stay away from these. But if you want to experiment and want some eye candy, experiment it. It is cool :)

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  • http://phoenix-ani.blogspot.com infra_red_dude

    I’m very happy to announce that Mac4Lin has been declared as one of the finalists at Sourceforge.net Community Awards 2009 in the Best Visual Design category. The final phase of voting began today and will run till July 20th 2009. Please vote for Mac4Lin, if you feel it deserves to be voted. To vote click on this image:

    http://sf.net/community/cca09/vote/?f=414

    Optionally, you can also click on the first box in the right frame on my blog (http://phoenix-ani.blogspot.com). You do not need to Sourceforge.net login id. All you need is a valid email id. Each vote is associated with an email id, which needs confirmation that you actually voted (you will get an email giving a confirmation link, so all you need to do is click it). The whole voting process takes just 3 clicks.

    I urge patrons to vote for Mac4Lin if they feel it should win. Mac4Lin is completing with projects like Xbox Media Center (XBMC) etc. I once again thank everyone for their continued support, feedback and appreciation. Mac4Lin exists today because of you all :) Do spread the word around about this.

  • http://phoenix-ani.blogspot.com infra_red_dude

    I’m very happy to announce that Mac4Lin has been declared as one of the finalists at Sourceforge.net Community Awards 2009 in the Best Visual Design category. The final phase of voting began today and will run till July 20th 2009. Please vote for Mac4Lin, if you feel it deserves to be voted. To vote click on this image:

    http://sf.net/community/cca09/vote/?f=414

    Optionally, you can also click on the first box in the right frame on my blog (http://phoenix-ani.blogspot.com). You do not need to Sourceforge.net login id. All you need is a valid email id. Each vote is associated with an email id, which needs confirmation that you actually voted (you will get an email giving a confirmation link, so all you need to do is click it). The whole voting process takes just 3 clicks.

    I urge patrons to vote for Mac4Lin if they feel it should win. I once again thank everyone for their continued support, feedback and appreciation. Mac4Lin exists today because of you all :) Do spread the word around about this.

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