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I am using the Ubuntu 11.04 with unity from the day of it's release. I am not at all happy with the usability of unity. Like no minimize by clicking on the icon on the task bar, menus at the top bar etc. Specially the new application menu, it's hell lot difficult to find an application. Recently I tried the LinuxMint ubuntu version and I am quite happy with the GUI and overall look of the distro, until I had install the update in the new LinuxMint. I faced some video issue, which I was not able to resolve even with the help of the LinuxMint community.

Again I revert back to Ubuntu. I tried the Ubuntu Classic but I feel it is wasting a lot of screen space in my small 15" laptop.

So, is there any way I can get the LinuxMint complete theme in Ubuntu 11.04. I know there are repos to install the MintMenu but I need the at least same theme of LinuxMint desktop look and feel in ubuntu like single task bar bottom and MintMenu.

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Log out , choose Classic and download the Mint-X theme, move the panel, add the Mintmenu... – Uri Herrera Jul 23 '11 at 6:01
@Abhijeet - if you want the complete look and feel of linux mint - just install linux mint! Why do you want to convert ubuntu into linux mint? – fossfreedom Jul 23 '11 at 9:21
@fossfreedom.. I have mentioned it my post. – Abhijeet Jul 23 '11 at 9:38
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can install all of the Mint specific packages by adding the official Mint repositories. You can do this by adding:

deb katya main upstream import

as a software source.

You may want to make sure you have all of the repositories that come with Mint by default. You can do this by pressing Alt+F2 and entering gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list. You can then edit the text file to make sure each of these lines exist:

deb katya main upstream import
deb natty main restricted universe multiverse
deb natty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb natty-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb natty partner
deb natty main
deb natty free non-free

Once you have done this, open Synaptic Package Manager and click reload. You can then install the packages you want.

Install the package mintmenu to install the menu.

To get the default themes install: mint-artwork-common, mint-artwork-gnome, mint-x-icons, mint-x-theme and mint-elementary-icons.

To get the default wallpapers install: mint-backgrounds-katya and mint-backgrounds-katya-extra.

Once these are installed you can delete your top panel and modify the applets on your bottom panel. By default, the bottom panel in Mint has the following applets (in order left-right):

  • Mint Menu
  • Show Desktop
  • Window List
  • Notification Area
  • Application Indicators
  • Clock

You can also change your theme and background to Mint ones if you wish.

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Great answer, but I'm pretty certain there is no need to add the mediabuntu non-free and Canonical partner repositories in order to achieve this. – andrewsomething Jul 23 '11 at 17:57
I greatly appreciate your help. Completely overhauled the Ubuntu to Mint theme. This is what I am looking for. One small problem, my Ubuntu Login screen also been replaced by the Mint login screen. Is there any way I can revert the only the login screen to the Ubuntu login screen. – Abhijeet Jul 23 '11 at 17:59
@andrewsomething - some of the Mint (meta)packages depend on packages in medibuntu (not the theme ones though). Abhijeet see… – dv3500ea Jul 23 '11 at 19:03
After setting mint theme I faced the same video issue as I faced in Linux mint. I resolved the video issue by replacing the compiz with metacity. Then I found there is a sound lag in video play back. To resolve it I removed the pluseaudio and it started working fine. But now while I am trying to open the sound config it is showing sound system not responding. :( Another problem is that I can't find the "ubuntu software center" in the mint Menu. I tried to run it using synpase but it did not worked. Any help is appreciated. – Abhijeet Jul 23 '11 at 19:06

you can add a theme repo from the webupd8 ppa,this will give icons,themes,and a mint menu.

webupd8 themes ppa

webupd8 ppa

overview of software

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