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Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby yajan » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:47 pm

We must admit we've tried some distributions just because they look a lot beautiful.

Some must have tried "Elementary OS". It sure looks good but it's Bare-bones, the OS hangs a lot and it's extremely likely you'll run into a problem now and then. :?

Some must have tried "Deepin OS" or "Manjaro Deepin". I've tried them, Deepin OS is beautiful and has good reviews however, I uninstalled it because it just wouldn't let me change my Screen Resolution to 1366*768(Well, I'm not a tech expert) :lol: and Manjaro needs user to learn completely new ways to run a PC. :x

So,here I am a Linux Mint user.

What if there was a way to make my desktop look a lot better??

Well, There are a lot.. :wink:

DISCLAIMER: I don't own or have participated, in making or distribution, of any of the assets or tools or scripts that I describe below. I'm not responsible for any damage to your device or your software, before during or after, the use of instructions given below. So, proceed with caution.

Well there's obviously nothing dangerous down here but I had to write a disclaimer so that if a drunk guy uses my instructions and burn his device with gasoline, he won't be able to put that to me. :P :lol:

1. Install Variety Wallpaper Changer .

Just One Word,
Beautiful


You can install variety using following codes one after another in your terminal. (Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open up your terminal)

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety

Note: sudo requires user to input user password, so please type it to proceed. (Can't see your password while typing? Don't panic that's normal behavior in Linux :) )

Now, Fiddle with the Settings in Variety to achieve your best preference.

2. Install Adapta & Adapta-Nokto Theme.

I love it.

You can install Adapta Theme using following codes one after another in your terminal. (Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open up your terminal)

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:tista/adapta -y 
sudo apt update 
sudo apt install adapta-gtk-theme

Note: sudo requires user to input user password, so please type it to proceed.

Now, Goto System Settings>Themes>Desktop>Select Adapta or Adapta-Nokto (I prefer the Nokto Version. :P )

3. Install Flat Remix Icons.

1.Goto https://github.com/daniruiz/Flat-Remix
2.Click on Clone or Download (The Green Button) to download "Flat-Remix-master.zip"
3.Right click downloaded file and click on Extract Here
4.A new folder will be created named "Flat-Remix-master", Open that Folder.
5.Inside you'll see a folder named "Flat Remix", Copy it.
6.Open Home directory in your computer and you'll see .icons folder. (If you can't see .icons folder, you should press "Ctrl+H" buttons)
7.Paste "Flat Remix" folder inside that .icons folder

These are additional steps to ensure installation of icons. (It only worked for me after I did as below):
You need to install Flat Remix Icons using following codes one after another in your terminal. (Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open up your terminal)

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flat-remix-icons

Note: sudo requires user to input user password, so please type it to proceed.

Now, Goto System Settings>Themes>Icons>Select Flat Remix

4.Install Breeze Cursors.

You can easily install Breeze Cursors via "Software Manager"
1.Click on Menu Button (You may call it "Start Button" :P , a button most left bottom in your Desktop)
2.Type "Software Manager" (without quotes) and press Enter Key.
3.You'll be prompted to type your password, type your password and press Enter Key.
4.Type "Breeze-cursor-theme" (without quotes) and press Enter Key.
5.Double Click on the Result named "Breeze-cursor-theme", it will open and now you'll see "Install" Button. Click it.
6.Wait till Installation completes and after you see "0 ongoing actions" on bottom of "Software Manager", Close it.

Now, Goto System Settings>Themes>Mouse Pointer>Select breeze_cursors

5. Change your Window Border.

It's only a matter of personal preference. You may choose not to do it however, I think what i prescribe below will be better suited to all these settings you just made. :)

Goto System Settings>Themes>Window borders>Select Mint-Y

Now your desktop should look like this.
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Other Two items in my desktop that you don't have are: (Well, There's nothing stopping you from trying them :mrgreen: )
1. Plank Software. Those Big Icons on Right of my desktop. (Please refer https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1307)
2. Nepali Calendar. I'm from Nepal and we have completely different Date system :P (Please refer https://github.com/tnagorra/nepalical)

Thank you everybody, If you have any problem feel free to ask me about it. :wink:

And If you have any other awesome customizations, Please tell me about it. :P
Enjoy your Beautiful Desktop Environment.
I'm running Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon Desktop.

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Re: Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby folium » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:32 pm

Hey!

I tried following these steps and I'm nowhere near what it's supposed to look like. Is meant to work on Linux Mint 18.2 Xfce?

After placing the flat remix folder into .icons and running the commands I got:
E: Unable to locate package flat-remix-icons

Also when I switched to the Adapta theme it looked weird with Firefox. Tabs changed to the dark color but the selected one had some artifacts on the sides.

This has nothing to do with you, but I'm getting higly frustrated at trying to theme Linux Mint. I haven't been able to get anything to work properly since I installed Mint. I've followed several tutorials and nothing works as it's supposed to.

Sorry for venting on here. I'm still thankful that you made the tutorial. I'm just angry at my own system.
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Re: Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby Pjotr » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:43 pm

folium wrote:This has nothing to do with you, but I'm getting higly frustrated at trying to theme Linux Mint. I haven't been able to get anything to work properly since I installed Mint. I've followed several tutorials and nothing works as it's supposed to.

Might be the fault of the tutorials. Be wary of PPA's (handle them with extreme care):
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... almistakes
(item 1, left column)
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Re: Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby folium » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:50 pm

Thanks for the heads up!

I guess I have been quite careless with PPAs. I'll try to be more careful from now on :)
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Re: Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby revian » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:56 pm

Pjotr wrote:
folium wrote:This has nothing to do with you, but I'm getting higly frustrated at trying to theme Linux Mint. I haven't been able to get anything to work properly since I installed Mint. I've followed several tutorials and nothing works as it's supposed to.

Might be the fault of the tutorials. Be wary of PPA's (handle them with extreme care):
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... almistakes
(item 1, left column)

Yeah, there is no way I'd ever use a PPA.. just asking for trouble.
Operating within normal parameters
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Re: Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby Pjotr » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:03 pm

revian wrote:Yeah, there is no way I'd ever use a PPA.. just asking for trouble.

There are exceptions, now and then they can be a lifesaver....
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Re: Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby folium » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:03 am

Could you guys point me to the direction of a good tutorial?
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Re: Make your Mint Beautiful.

Postby Pjotr » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:06 am

folium wrote:Could you guys point me to the direction of a good tutorial?

This one: stick to the themes that are installed and available by default.... :)
Tip: 10 things to do after installing Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Keep your Linux Mint healthy: Avoid these 10 fatal mistakes
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