November 8, 2010 by Ivan Kristianto
Customize the Panel and Theme of Linux-Ubuntu
If you need to have a free operating system to be installed into your PC or laptop, perhaps you can go for Ubuntu. Yes, this operating system is free and it is designed by famous company called Linux. Since being spread to public, it has become very popular and many readers voted it as the most popular Linux distro.
If this is your first time using this Linux OS, you shouldn’t afraid of giving it a try although there are some features that are not familiar. There are some important points about it you may want to know like how to customize the panel. Basically, this operating system has a top panel and a bottom panel by default. If you wish to have only the bottom panel to appear, you can simply delete the bottom panel through the right-click and go for the command “Delete This Panel”. Then, right-click the top panel and pick “Properties” and change the orientation from “Top” to “Bottom”.
What if you want to set full transparent panel? Well, Linux-Ubuntu is customizable. To make the panel transparent you can simply move the mouse to Applications or Main Menu and choose Accessories and click Terminal. At the new appearance, type this command:
cp –R /usr/share/themes/Ambiance ~/.themes/
The next commands will be different for each Ubuntu version, like the 10.10 version is
whereas for 10.04 is
Thereafter, find the line of bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = “img/panel.png” for Ubuntu 10.10 and bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = “panel_bg.png” for 10.14. And then, add a # in front of each line and save file. Continues the step by move to System > Preferences > Appearances and select to another theme and the return again to Ambiance theme.
Besides making the theme transparent, you will be able to customize the theme as well. All you need to do is go to System > Preferences > Appearances. Select the “Customize” button under the ‘Theme” tab and go for “New Wave” theme. Afterward, click another control item under the “Controls” tab, for example the “Ambiance” and click “Close” button. Lastly, you can save the new setting as your new theme.
Additionally, other simple steps to customize your Ubuntu are available throughout the internet.