Following an article found while searching on the Internet, I downloaded a Mac-like theme for my ubuntu. Owning a mac is dream for a lot of people. As it is highly expensive, most people out there can’t afford owning one. However, since both ubuntu/linux and Mac is based on Unix system, when the linux version wears a mac-like theme, it becomes really look-alike a mac.
I’m a hardcore ubuntu user and I love its neat and clean environment. When I saw the theme, I downloaded it and installed it readily on my computer. I was astonished at the look of the new theme. It was a total mac-like experience.
I was so happy and excited to give my ubuntu a mac look. Everything, especially the scroll bar and the command buttons turned into a real mac-alike. It may be said that I especially love Mac’s bluish style when you hover your cursor over a command button. The mac theme gave me an exact look and feel. I was happy with the style and enjoyed my linuxing under a mac environment.
And this style continued to exist for less than a week.
Turn-around of thoughts
After a few days, I was talking with someone about the linux distro called “LinuxMint”. This distro is built for windows users who don’t want to learn a new environment. LinuxMint has a windows-like theme and windows users will find it pretty neat and clean to use. Please note that LinuxMint is one kind of Ubuntu that is specially designed to fit those who don’t feel comfortable with the default ubuntu environment. Kubuntu environment is stylish, but when it comes to simplicity, kubuntu is a little complex and ubuntu is simple and easy-to-understand.
I don’t like LinuxMint because of its windows-like theme. Why would I use LinuxMint when I’m going linux? When I’m on linux, I’ll be on something that has the linux look. Otherwise, I may be happy with windows. While it is true that linux has still some lack in software support, but it is assumed that very soon the software giants will be releasing linux-compatible versions of their software, which Adobe has already begun by making its Adobe Air compatible with linux.
Anyway, that’s not my point. When I came back to home and turned on my computer, I thought to myself, why am I wearing Mac’s mask while I’m actually on an environment that is free and open to everyone? Definitely Mac’s configuration as well as the mac OS X is great. But still, it is not meant for all general people. Buying mac is too much expensive and unless you are highly professional, you don’t really need it. On the other hand, when it comes to linux, everyone can use it.
Internal softwares, such as Adobe Photoshop or MS Word might be costly, but the base of your computer, or the operating system, should really free. And linux is worth using. There is a very little thing you can’t do with it and the list is fading out with time and two major releases of Ubuntu every single year.
So, when all these things came up to my mind, I uninstalled the Mac theme and rolled back to the Ubuntu’s default look. Care knowing my experience afterwards? Well, I don’t really know why, but I felt Ubuntu anew. And I’m honestly happy with the simple yet powerful look that comes default with ubuntu.
So, that’s how my computer now looks like. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t install the dock-like thing just to imitate Mac. I actually need this launcher panel for faster computing and there are lots of difference between this (avant window navigator) and the mac’s docky.
Tell your Stories
So, you are an ubuntu user? Do you use any theme? Is it customized by your own imagination or just copied Mac or something alike? What do you think of the reason I said about rolling back to ubuntu default look from Mac-like theme? Share your thoughts, reaction, and of course stories if you have to tell.