Nice themes for ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) users

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We have already posted some time ago about Nice Ubuntu themes for Jaunty and Intrepid Users and this is updated for karmic users now

For Ubuntu Karmic users

First edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following lines

deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

Save and exit the file

add the GPG key using the following command

gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-key 881574DE && gpg -a --export 881574DE | sudo apt-key add --

Or simply use the following command

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi

Update the source list using the following command

sudo aptitude update

Install all the themes using the following command

sudo aptitude install zgegblog-themes

or click on the following link


This will install the following themes

Showtime for Gnome






Wild shine






Bamboo Zen


Ubuntu sunrise


Aqua Dreams


If you want to install above themes separately use the following commands

sudo aptitude install showtime-theme

sudo aptitude install balanzan-theme

sudo aptitude install infinity-theme

sudo aptitude install wild-shine-theme

sudo aptitude install exotic-theme

sudo aptitude install tropical-theme

sudo aptitude install bamboo-zen-theme

sudo aptitude install ubuntu-sunrise-theme

sudo aptitude install aquadreams-theme

Remove Themes

If you want to remove full package use the following command

sudo aptitude remove zgegblog-themes

If you want to remove each theme use the following syntax

sudo aptitude remove themename

Note :- themename is showtime-theme,balanzan-theme etc

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108 thoughts on “Nice themes for ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) users

  1. You are probably referring to the Cairo-Dock. Warning you may have difficulties getting this to fly with the existing source list entry. Look for it on – and use the PPA from there. There are some odd DNS issues with their standard package source, but the LP one still works fine.

  2. Looks Great one Mint 8 also just takes a little more work configuring but gives ya a nice shinny dark bottom panel and cool folder icons….. Thanks!!!!!!!

  3. Do the last two themes include the dock, or do I have to install it separately?

    All the themes look extremely good, I can’t wait to install them on my laptop.

  4. i am not able to get my login screen to look like the 1 in the themes…can some 1 please help??

  5. how to do it on mint 8(Helena).Pl. as i m using Helena i think it should work on it as Helena’s code base is karmic koala……

  6. Couldnt find any package whose name or description matched zgegblog…anyone else get this?

  7. wao, very amazing themes.
    but there is a problem that I couldn’t get the taskbar style given in the pictures of Ubuntu-sunrise and Aqua Dreams.
    Please kindly help me
    Best Regards.

  8. I much appreciate that supplied these excellent themes, I am the fresher to Ubuntu and enthusiastic to taste Ubuntu’s Interface. If you have more new update please release it….. and I want to try.

  9. Any plans to port this to Ubuntu 10.04? I would personally like to see these as a standard part of Ubuntu, in my opinion they are that hot. Balazan with the Koala completely blows away anything that comes standard with the current Ubuntu installs. Actually, I am going to request a feature to the 10.04 crew. I hope you don’t mind =) Let me know if you are going to port them yourself as well. I just tried to install these on a current 10.04 install and they did not work.


  10. Even after performing all the above commands, i can only see the colors of the menubar and background changes. But the Taskbar stylished with respect to the themes are not available. I tried from the System > Appearance > selected the Aquadreams > Select install. its still asking me the package.. i selected /usr/share/themes/aquadreams.. nothing happens. i am new to Linux .. pls help me..

  11. Hi all! I made everything like you described, but my login screen didn’t change… 🙁 I hoped it’ll finally work, but it doesn’t… Can anybody help? Thanks forward…

  12. rlopeza7,

    Go to the menu that says System in the top left, then Preferences, then Appearance. System/Preferences/Appearance. The first tab should be Themes. Let me know how it goes.

    Blue Fox

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