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Ubuntu Light Themes 12.10 by Aerilius Ubuntu Light Themes 12.10 by Aerilius
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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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    leoperbo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
    I'm using it with a few programs that I need to run on wine, and it makes me happy because, thank's to you, I got visual integration on my Ubuntu desktop.
    Ridan745 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  New Deviant Student
    For windows 7?
    ElYaiko Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
    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!
    Artsurf101 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
    Very cool like it a lot. For some reason though the taskbar doesn't show all the programs in use on the notification area they tend to disapear. Also, it wont allow me to use system restore when I click on it doesn't respond. Other than that Awsome VS. Tnx a lots.
    mr00oo00 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
    source file is not available anymore. please upload it to mediafire.
    littlesis92 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
    it keeps telling me "download not available"? :(
    cutielou Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    This is a good theme! :)
    AshiRox Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
    Great job!
    Ermimetal Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
    Works fine, i gave a new look at my old computer
    tmdcsb Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
    love it
    Sadi58 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
    Thanks a lot!
    Works fine under Ubuntu 12.04 also and makes Wine applications look more compatible, although fonts do not look perfect in some places.
    As I prefer "Ambiance Blue" theme in Ubuntu, I needed to change colors for "Hot Tracked Item", "Menu Highlight" and "Selection Background" although there are still different shades of orange/red here and there.
    Ruchir7 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student General Artist
    Yay! Thank you so much for the bug fixes and stuff!
    I love Linux and Ubuntu, but due to some unavoidable reasons, I am forced to use Windows. This theme was earlier quite buggy but the updated version is awesome! Thanks again!
    tetractis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
    great idea! love it!
    feryardiant Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    it's awesome theme.

    quick question, did you've plan to make it for win7 ???
    twilight-nexus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    i will def. be using it... looks super mellow !!!
    chiepchiep Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
    exzellent work
    Iw4ntz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
    thanks,awesome job
    asyuras Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
    thanks! but some menu font color are so similarly with background color
    Aerilius Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
    I added another color scheme which also styles toolbars. I had avoided that first because I thought that would cause a lot of issues, but on the other side it now fixes the menu in Explorer (which wrongly uses menu font on toolbar background).
    Theming Windows (XP) is a nightmare...
    Aerilius Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
    That is a bug in Windows Explorer (it uses toolbar background with menu font). Unfortunately many Windows programs often mix hardcoded fonts/colors arbitrarily with theme colors which leads to such issues. It's probably impossible to solve it in a hybrid theme; the issue should not occur with the Radiance variant.
    Skrell Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
    are your button styles more true to the ubuntu ones? I noticed yours are very different than freddies.
    Aerilius Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
    The previous version mimicked the Light themes of Ubuntu 10.10. Since then they have evolved a lot and this is how they will probably look in 12.10 (I took the style from beta2).
    Skrell Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
    very nice job! many thanks from one of the few XP users left! :)
    wyatt8740 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
    not 'few'. 20% of people still use XP. 'course most of those are probably pirated chinese copies. Anyway, I use it too, when I need to use windoze at least.
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