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I don't like the current theme, or this dock on the left side.

I'm looking for a nice glassy or chrome theme, that is not a port of osx or windows. I guess if I get instructions for how to install one, from there I'd be able to find others.

So if anyone can walk me through installing a relatively simple theme, maybe with a nice dock, I'd really appreciate that.

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You can't change the position of the dock but for themes there are some in official repositories.

Gnome-Look is the place for all your themes need.

There are some ppa's to install some famous themes and icon-set:

Equinox-Theme and Faenza-ICons

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme faenza-icon-theme

Elementary theme/Icon I think you get it from official repository.

Orta theme which also recommend Faenza Icons

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nikount/orta-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install orta-theme

I myself use Zukitwo with Faenza-Cupertino from webupd8-themes-ppa

For dock: There are also various choices in the official repositories like avant-window-navigator or docky or cairo-docks Or a new and a simple dock plank which can be installed from ppa

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[code]$ sudo apt-get install orta-theme Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package orta-theme[/code] – NewUbuntu11.10Installed Dec 1 '11 at 14:28
Seems like orta has not been ported to oneiric what you can do is install webupd8-themes ppa which includes a mintified orta theme i.e. default theme of Linux Mint. – sagarchalise Dec 1 '11 at 14:53
Thanks. So what commmand could I use to get orta through webupd8? – NewUbuntu11.10Installed Dec 1 '11 at 16:45
Well its not orta but from the same author for Linux Mint so its greenish sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install mint-x-theme mint-z-theme There are other themes on this repository as well you may try others as well – sagarchalise Dec 1 '11 at 17:16
Thanks for this, especially the webupd8-themes-ppa pointer. You might want to note that the Equinox theme won't really work under 11.10, since it hasn't been ported to GTK3. – detly Jan 3 '12 at 1:54

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