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I got my first partition of Ubuntu recently, and wanted to match it to a 10 or 11 interface I was using on another computer. It looked like this:

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Themes in 12.04 seem to be rather tricky though. I've delved into usr/share/themes and ~/. Themes countless times with gtk-2 and gtk-3 trying to get things working, using Appearance and Advanced Settings (from a "tweak" something or other). Nothing has worked though, and the themes I've found so far are ugly to boot. All I'm looking for is straight up Ambiance with dark backgrounds for everything but that seems out of reach. Any advice?

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That looks like the all-dark variant of Ambiance which was in development during the Maverick cycle until it was canceled sometime before release. Officially, it's no longer available, so a third-party solution would be required here. –  WarriorIng64 Aug 21 '12 at 2:49
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Taking a theme and darkening it nearly everywhich way I can is a favorite hobby of mine. If you ask the same question over at ubuntuforums.org we can go back and forth in a less restrictive manner. In case it isn't clear, I've darkened Ambiance so thoroughly that its makers would be ashamed to be associated with it ;) –  user25656 Aug 21 '12 at 3:09
    
please visit Radiance theme customization in Ubuntu: edit Window decorator and all! to see if there's anything that could help.. I've not played with the "shade" values but you could try them too.. –  rusty Feb 12 at 6:45
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I am using Dark theme similar to Ambiance but not Ambiance, called as OMG_Suite. On my system it currently looks as

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And the Right click menu as

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And also refer the Reintroduced Dark Ambiance theme.

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Awesome, this is perfect. Thank you! –  Brian Handy Aug 21 '12 at 6:58
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The elementary Dark - GTK3 Theme is another dark theme and comes with its own ppa.

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I've created my own Ambiance Dark theme, however I've darkened it quite a bit, if you are interested it can be found here: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Ambiance+Dark?content=147513

Here is a screenshot of my theme with Nautilus and Geany open on Ubuntu 13.10 Screenshot of theme with Nautilus and Geany open

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Here's what you might looking for: (GTK 3 version of Ambiance Dark theme, which was made by Canonical for Ubuntu 10.10, but wasn't included in final release)

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=161649

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