I'm a die-hard Mint 9 Isadora fan, and I recently had to completely rebuild my system because the hard drives finally succumbed to sector cancer. I'm glad Isadora's based on an LTS release; I'm going to stick with it for another 6 months or so, and wait for Cinnamon to become more feature-complete (read: "hopeful arrival of a Compiz-like 'Desktop Cube' effect with cylinder/sphere sub-effects").
After reinstalling Isadora, I decided to something a bit different, so I took Shiki-Wise and tweaked it into a sleek, your-eyes-roll-off-the-edges, dark theme. Note that the original screenshots are 1920x1200 pixels; loading the full-size screenshots across a slower connection may take a considerable amount of time.
I call this theme "Shiki Dark." Some items of interest:
- The desktop environment is Gnome 2.30 with GTK-Window-Decorator and Compiz.
- The global application menu in the top panel can be found at the Globalmenu Team PPA on LaunchPad.net. Since Isadora is based on Ubuntu 10.04, install the Lucid package. You may also need to update Vala to meet dependencies.
- The wallpaper can be found at DesktopWallpaperHD.com.
- Changing the system colors to light text with a dark background has an interesting side-effect: Certain web page forms -- like those on Google's Picasaweb and Gmail login pages -- presume your system default font is a dark-colored font. This makes typing your user ID and password difficult, because the text in the form is invisible. Haven't figured out a good way around this problem, other than writing a GreaseMonkey script to rewrite web site CSS. Any ideas...?