Posts Tagged ‘theme’

Plymouth Manager | Change Your Boot Theme

If you’re fortunate enough to have a graphics card capable of displaying Plymouth boot splashes then ‘Plymouth Manager’ may just be of interest.

Features include:

  • Enable/disable Plymouth
  • Set splash resolution
  • Fixing errant errors
  • Choosing/creating new themes

Find most recent download at

If you’re up for the task, why not help translate it to your language?


How To | Customize Your Docky

I’ve made it known in the past that I’m a Docky user. I love my Docky, and everything about it. Here are some ways that Docky users can customize their settings to spice things up a bit. Thank you to OMG! Ubuntu for making me aware of these tips.

1. Blur the dock background

  1. Open up Compiz-Config-Settings-Manager from the System > Preferences menu
  2. Enable ‘Blur’ by checking the box next to the icon
  3. Now click on the blur icon to enter the blur config area
  4. Here you want to add Docky to the list of ‘Alpha blur windows’. Use either the ‘grab’ method (by clicking the green cross) or by manually adding ‘class=Docky’ to the entry field.


2. Add more themes

Download one of the themes below, click the Anchor icon followed by the ‘Install theme’ button and locate the .tar file. The new themes will be available for use.

3. Change the urgent color glow

The color of the alert ‘glow’ used to notify you that a dock item wants your attention is also configurable. To change it:

  1. Press Alt + F2
  2. Type “gconf-editor” (without the quotes)
  3. Navigate to: apps > docky-2 > Docky > DockController
  4. Experiment with finding a color that suits you by changing the UrgentHue value to a number between -180 to 180. The default is 150.

4. Launch any application using the Anchor icon

You can set the Docky Anchor icon to launch any application you like. Here’s how: –

  1. Press ALT + F2 together
  2. Type “gconf-editor” (without the quotes)
  3. Navigate to: apps > docky-2 > Docky > Items > DockyItem
  4. Enter a command in the DockyItemCommand field to launch a specific application/action.

For example to launch the Gnome Control Centre when clicking on the Anchor enter:


5. Learn how to make themes

You know you want to…I know I want to! There can never be too many themes for Docky. To learn how to make a theme visit When you have a completed theme, add them to 🙂


If by the end of all that you’re not ready to end your Docky High…you can download this cool Docky inspired wallpaper made by ~ebupof.


For more Docky tips, information and answers to common questions you can head over to the Docky Wiki:

Ubuntu Font Now Available

Personally, I love them. I think that they are really nice. What do you think?

Go to and click “Join this team” (you’ll of course need a Launchpad account). You should receive an email when you have been accepted to this team. When this happens, do not install the deb! Add the PPA so you can stay up to date with the latest versions of the font!

Important: only join this group if you are willing to provide genuine feedback! Also, most people will be accepted into this group. If you have just created a Launchpad account and/or have 0 karma however, it might take a while until you’re accepted.

Upon being accepted, go to for the instructions. Read them carefully, then go to the PPA and read the instructions again. Don’t just add the PPA – > you’ll have to manually add the private PPA to your sources.list! Also, don’t manually download the Ubuntu font .deb files as you won’t get any updates!

Note: clicking the last link in the post without having gained access (by joining the Kubuntu users team or some other team which has access to the font), you’ll get a “page not found” error.

Thanks goes to Webupd8 for these instructions.

Elementary My Dear…

Some people might remember my first ever post. However, most of you may not since my blog as about one reader…thanks to my wife. Anyway, my first post was to profess my love of the program OpenShot Video Editor. Well, my love runs even more deeply now… Why?


I’m very excited about this. Mostly because I’m not a programmer by any means, so ever since I’ve been using Ubuntu and Linux in general, I’ve wanted to give back somehow. Thanks to the OpenShot developers, I have!

I created a theme to match the Elementary Icons and theme used in the Gnome Desktop Environment. I submitted it to the OpenShot User Forum and the creator took a liking to it. My theme even made it on to OMG! Ubuntu.

As of OpenShot 1.1 my theme is now an option that can be selected for all users!

Click Here to learn how to create your own OpenShot theme.