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GNOME-Colors in Karmic

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With hundreds of thousands of downloads on GNOME-Look, GNOME-Colors (and its friends Shiki-Colors and Arc-Colors) is with out a doubt one of the most popular themes around for the GNOME desktop. It’s no surprise with  six different color themes and the ability to match you icon theme, GTK+ theme, GDM theme, and wallpaper. Victor (aka perfectska04) has put together a wonderful set, and it’s about time that they are in the Ubuntu archives.

I’m pleased to announce that they are now all just a simple apt-get install away in Karmic.

The meta-packages gnome-colors, arc-colors, and shiki-colors will pull in all six color variations. For those with low bandwidth or expensive connections, you can also just install single variations: gnome-{brave, dust, human, noble, wine, or wise}-icon-theme, shiki-{brave, dust, human, noble, wine, or wise}-theme, and arc-{brave, dust, human, noble, wine, or wise}. There’s also a Xfwm/Xfce4 theme: shiki-colors-xfwm-theme.

For those still running Hardy, Intrepid, or Jaunty, we’re also running a GNOME-Colors PPA where you will always be able to grab the latest versions.

So much thanks to Victor for the themes and being so open to making changes upstream that made things easier for us to package and Benjamin Drung for all his work to make this happen.


Written by andrewsomething

July 8, 2009 at 6:59 am

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  1. When I try to install this in Xubuntu 9.04 from the jaunty PPA, it wants to remove xubuntu-artwork, xubuntu-default-settings, and xubuntu-desktop? Is this the desired behavior?


    July 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

  2. Yes, that’s because xubuntu-artwork ships its own copy of gnome-brave-icon-theme and therefore conflicts with gnome-brave-icon-theme. In Xubuntu 9.10 this problem is solved (xubuntu-artwork depends on gnome-brave-icon-theme instead of shipping a copy).


    July 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

  3. cool. I’ve been using gnome-brave-icon-theme from the PPA for a while, nice to see it in universe now.

    However, for putting the package in Universe I thought you would have included a debian/patch to change the gnome-panel applications menu icon to be the same as the Ubuntu one for integration. Is this not the plan?


    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 am

  4. @raevol It’s only gnome-brave-icon-theme that conflicts, so you can install the others individually. I’ll add a fixed version of xubuntu-artwork to the PPA, so people don’t have to worry about that…

    @Dom No, that’s not a requirement. In fact, as we are also maintaining it in Debian, it would cause us to carry a delta forever. If they were in main and included on a default install, then we’d ship that patch. If you want to replace the icon with the Ubuntu logo yourself, the icon to replace is the start-here.{svg,png}


    July 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

  5. Thanks a bunch! Looks great. 😀


    July 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

  6. Thanks for the post and for all the work involved on the Ubuntu/Debian side of things!

    I can’t possibly thank Benjamin Drung any more than I have, he pretty much single-handedly worked out the entire move to subversion and all the other changes necessary to clean everything up into nice little packages.


    July 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  7. I have a script that installs all sorts of themes and icons to hardy, intrepid, jaunty and karmic, so this is a very much welcomed, thank you!

    Brett Alton

    August 2, 2009 at 11:38 pm

  8. […] GNOME-Colors in Karmic. I’ve played around with some of the Shiki-Colors themes available but I ended up sticking […]

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