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Ubuntu Budgie

I don't want to install the Budgie Desktop Environment to avoid bugs and endless tweaks. Specifically, I like the Transparent Top Panel and the Icon pack. Is there a Budgie theme for Gnome?

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Try the following.

  • Change your application theme (GTK+) and shell theme to Arc (preferably "Dark" or "Darker" variant) using (GNOME) Tweaks. To install the theme on Ubuntu 17.10 and later from the Universe repository run

    sudo apt install arc-theme
    

    Ubuntu 16.04 requires adding the repo

    sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_16.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:Horst3180.list"
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt install arc-theme
    
  • Change your icon theme to Moka. For Ubuntu 17.10 and later, it's available from the Universe repository, the pocillo-icon-theme package will install the Moka and Faba icon-sets

    sudo apt install pocillo-icon-theme
    

    On older Ubuntu releases, install them from Sam Hewitt's PPA by running

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/ppa
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt-get install moka-icon-theme faba-icon-theme faba-mono-icons
    
  • Make the Ubuntu dock (on Ubuntu 17.10 and later) flexible following this Q&A: How can I stop Ubuntu Dock from extending to the edges? Also perhaps reduce the size of app icons in the dock from Settings > Dock.
    For earlier Ubuntu releases, use the GNOME shell extension called Dash to Dock.

  • The top bar in GNOME has dynamic transparency feature nowadays by default. If you want to have more control over its transparency use the Dynamic Panel Transparency extension (see this for reference).

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