Today, I would like to share with you my desktop setup. The setup is solely my own preference. Though it might not be your cup of tea but hopefully you will find some tweaks/tips are helpful. I use Ubuntu on my old HP mini 210 netbook (10.1-inch, Intel Atom N450, 2 GBs of ram). With only 1024 x 600 resolution on my netbook, every pixel counts. I have to try to optimize the desktop settings for netbook as the screen space is scarce.
Here are the basic settings on my desktop:
- Install Faenza Icons via PPA (fire up Terminal and run):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme
- Download and install Ubuntu Tweak.
Or, via Ubuntu Tweak PPA,
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Open Ubuntu Tweak, click Tweaks > Theme > Faenza-Ambiance for icon theme.
Open Ubuntu Tweak, Tweaks > Unity,
- Launcher opacity: 0.30
- Launcher icon size: 32
- Launcher icon backlight: Backlight Toggles
- Launcher hide mode: Auto Hide
The top panel is fully transparent. The catch is the transparent panel can't "refresh" in some occasions. Global Menu shadow will stays on the panel in some occasions but it doesn't bother me much because I'm using a dark edges wallpaper which makes the annoying shadow hard to notice.
Still on Ubuntu Tweak's Unity settings,
- Panel opacity: 0.00
Reduce Ubuntu font size
On Ubuntu Tweak, Tweaks > Fonts,
- Text scaling factor: 1.0
- Default font: Ubuntu 9
- Desktop font: Ubuntu 9
- Monospace font: Monospace 9
- Document font: Ubuntu 9
- Window title bar font: Ubuntu Bold 9
- Hinting: Basic
- Antialiasing: Subpixel antialiasing (LCD screens only)
Open windows/programs in the center of the screen
Install CompizConfig Settings Manager via Ubuntu Software Center.
Once installed, open it. Under Window Management category, click Place Windows. Enable it and choose "Centered" for Placement Mode.
Semi transparent Terminal background
Open Terminal > Edit > Profile Preferences > "Background" tab,
Choose "Transparent background" and Shade transparent or image background slider is in middle for semi transparent background effect.
Desktop corner hotspotsSpeaking of efficiency, I have set up 2 shortcuts on my desktop corners - bottom left and bottom right. So when I move my mouse cursor to the corner hotspots, the actions will be executed.
On bottom left I have "Show Windows" which will shows all windows on current workspace.
On bottom right I have "Show Workspaces". It shows all my workspaces.
Open Ubuntu Tweak, click Tweaks > Workspace.
There you have it - all my basic desktop changes after a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin. I would use a lighter version of Ambiance - the Radiance theme and semi transparent top panel that disguise as glass panel, if I install Ubuntu on computer with larger screen and resolution. That would be elegant as well.