Howto – Easily Install 9 Really Nice Ubuntu themes 02/02/09

The author of the ZgegBlog posted some really nice themes, but unfortunately the instructions are French-only – so here I’ve provided an English set of instruction on how to get them.

Add the repository to your Software Sources

By adding the repository, you’ll be able to easily install all of the themes, and be notified of when there are updates available.

So lets get on with it – go to  SystemAdministrationSoftware Sources, and click on the Third-Party Software tab. Then, click on Add, and paste one of the following italized lines depending on which Ubuntu version you’re on:

Ubuntu 8.10: deb intrepid zgegthemes # Themes of ZgegBlog

Ubuntu 8.04: deb hardy zgegthemes # Themes of ZgegBlog

After that, click on Add Source, Close, and Reload.

Install the themes

Now, just click here to install the themes from the repository you’ve just added.

And now enjoy them

To set the theme, you can either right-click on your Desktop,  select Change Desktop Background, and click on the Theme tab, or go to SystemPreferencesAppearance.

To apply a theme, just click on the thumbnails.


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17 Responses to this article

jakswa February 2, 2009 Reply

Thanks!! These look sweet.

ubu-fan February 3, 2009 Reply

hey thnx for the link !
Worked Beautifully :)

UbuntuLinuxHelp February 4, 2009 Reply

@ubu-fan – Thanks to Vadim, who posted this! :)

oldcity February 4, 2009 Reply

Using the Hardy update line:deb hardy zgegthemes # Themes of ZgegBlog
I get below error message
oldcity@oldcity:~$ sudo apt-get update
E: Malformed line 70 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist)


UbuntuLinuxHelp February 4, 2009 Reply

@oldcity – Hmm… Maybe check the syntax in your sources.list? Maybe and extra space got added somewhere or something happened to one of the other repository source listing that’s throwing this off for you?

Jakes6 February 4, 2009 Reply

Sweet, this worked great. Tropical theme rocks man! Nice post Vadim!

UbuntuLinuxHelp February 4, 2009 Reply

@Jakes6 – Go to the French site and vote on the theme. ;) Cheers!

Sven Helmberger February 5, 2009 Reply

I think the first two arguments for deb on the hardy line have been swapped.. it should be

deb hardy zgegthemes # Themes of ZgegBlog

Additionally, the package name to install is different: “zgegblog-themes-old”

Vadim P. February 5, 2009 Reply

Not sure about the “old” because while it worked at first, it didn’t after.Maybe it’s for 8.04 only?

Mark Sanborn February 6, 2009 Reply

Love the themes and love the way you linked to apt so the packages install automatically.

Does this type of link work in other browsers?

UbuntuLinuxHelp February 7, 2009 Reply

@Mark Sanborn – In systems that don’t use apt the link won’t work. For example try it in Windows and the browser will give you a message indicating it does not know how to handle apt (as apt is not associated with anything). Additionally, don’t forget that this is dependent on the repositories configured on the Linux system. In my opinion, Vadim provided the community with a nice post (I think the themes, rock by the way).

Vadim P. February 7, 2009 Reply

@Mark: the apt: link only works in Firefox by default. To enable it in other browsers, see here:

Mark Sanborn February 7, 2009 Reply

Thanks for the info Vadim, nice post.

DIPIN March 10, 2009 Reply

am working in GNOME environment(GUI)…how
do i invoke compiz fusion…i have installed the rquired drivers which i suppose..not sure..
can someone please guide me through the same…

UbuntuLinuxHelp March 10, 2009 Reply

@DIPIN – I think it’s done in a terminal command:

compiz --replace

Just MAKE SURE that there were NO ERRORS in the installation BEFORE using this command. If I remember correctly, if there are issues with the install and you switch to compiz, you may lose your GUI. I did and ended up reinstalling.

Side note: Have you tried Envy? It’s for Ubuntu Linux and Debian and detects the model of your graphic card (only ATI and Nvidia cards are supported) and install the appropriate driver. This might be a helpful tool?

UbuntuLinuxHelp March 12, 2009 Reply

Hmm… I’m getting errors…

“Failed to fetch 404 Not Found
Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.”

Dan Collyer April 23, 2010 Reply

I’m a fan of good themes and love to customize my desktop, I started searching for the best Ubuntu / Gnome Themes. I downloaded loads of them, bookmarked and saved the pages for further use. You can access what I have collected on my blog Ubuntu Dan. I hope this was helpful!

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