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Ubuntu Light Themes 12.10 by Aerilius Ubuntu Light Themes 12.10 by Aerilius
Many thanks for downloading the

Ubuntu Light Themes 12.10

for Windows XP !

This is an update to the Light themes by Freddi67 (who gave me permisson, thanks!) for Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal). This package includes:

  • the new widget styles that reflect the "smooth mathematical curves" of the Ubuntu font

  • bug fixes for misaligned clickable area of window buttons, progress bar, double-border of comboboxes, wrong font colors

  • a (bright) Radiance variant is now available in addition to Ambiance (dark hybrid)

  • now also toolbars are styled like on Ubuntu (however creating hybrid dark/bright themes on Windows is nearly impossible. If you encounter issues with the menu color in Ambiance, try Ambiance with dark toolbars or vice versa.)

Why Windows XP?

Although the theme is now refined enough to be used in Windows XP, it is mainly intended to augment the experience of running Windows applications within Linux. It is especially aimed for the compatibility layer Wine (which up to now supports the XP's themeing engine), as well as VirtualBox (where XP is still the Windows runtime of choice with a memory foot print of less then 70MB). Users of Windows 7 are already well-served with dpcdpc11's Ambiance theme.

The themes are Creative Commons licensed and it is encouraged to reshare them. Any sort of improvements/editions are also welcome, as well as potential packaging for the Software Center or Wine.

    How to use:

    • in Wine: Open the "Wine Configuration" dialog → Desktop Integration → Install theme...

    • on Windows: Copy the font files into %Windows%Fonts and the .theme file with its accompanying folder into %Windows%ResourcesThemes.
      • You always need to have a patched uxtheme.dll, for example with UXtheme Multi Patcher
      • then right-click on the Desktop → Display Properties → Appearance and select the theme and color scheme
      • you can get the window buttons on the left side using LeftSider
      • optionally right click on the task bar, then 'unlock' and move it to the top

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    crms1496 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
    As of May 30, the link leads to a page with the error "File not found."
    martyjelen Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
    Hello, I download this theme, but after installation in WINE it looks weird : what can I do ? Thanks for any suggestion. marty
    wyatt8740 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
    Thank you! I use the Ubuntu Lucid (10.04 theme) on my desktop, with linux mint, but this is close enough for me to be okay running programs in WINE. Thanks for saving me a lot of effort; I haven't done windows themeing for years now.
    M4rQu1Nh0S Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
    I want update your project to fix some problems with appearance, to make the windows look more like ubuntu.
    so, i need known if you accept a revision in your project.

    LOuroboros Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
    How can i fix the fonts size and the title toolbar in the folders? :/
    TH0RLEIF Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
    Thank you very much for this styles! Thanks to them, my Windows applications don't look alien anymore.
    They don't look as smooth in Wine as they do on Windows, but it's way better than before and it's just a matter of time until the theme engine of Wine gets fixed.
    Skrell Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
    many man thanks for all your hard work and support of XP!
    CaillouStrawberry Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    I Really Liked it. But I Shall Get Windows XP. But in Virtualbox or VMware
    lolikopo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
    Hey aerilius, great job, but the download is not available anymore! Could you please reupload it?
    Aerilius Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
    I updated the link!
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