How To Make An Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Resemble A Mac (With Elementary, Docky & Gloobus-Preview) - Page 3

5 Enabling Gloobus-Preview

Gloobus-Preview allows us to preview files and directories in Nautilus by marking an item and pressing the space bar on our keyboard. But this works only with a special version of Nautilus which is also available from the repositories that we enabled in chapter two. This Nautilus version can be installed by updating our system. Go to System > Administration > Update Manager:

At the bottom of the list of packages that are available for update, you should find the libnautilus-extension1, nautilus, and nautilus-data packages. Make sure that these are checked, and click on Install Updates to start the update:

Afterwards, you can open your Nautilus file browser (under Places). To preview an item, mark it (i.e., click on it once), and then press the space bar:

 

6 Screenshots

That's it! Your desktop should now resemble a Mac. Here are a few screenshots of what your desktop could look like now:

 

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From: Anonymous at: 2010-11-15 18:08:22

Ubunut is ugly as shit from the start. This makes it look soooo much better on the eyes. Who cares if it looks like a mac? This adds so much more functionality to the desktop. This + gnome do = such an easy way to access files and applications. If Ubuntu looked like this from the start, it would probably get a lot more installs and finally be a viable contender to OSX and Windows. Besides, this tutorial is optional. If u don't like how it looks then don't use it. I personally love it so I say thank you to the author

From: akbozo at: 2010-11-06 04:15:06

i'm tired of articles that show me how to make my computer more like a mac or windows, i did not choose ubuntu so i could bastardize it in that fashion. if you prefer mac or windows,, why are you using linux?

From: Anonymouser at: 2010-10-29 15:13:04

This is like a horse trying to dress up like a donkey.... theyre almost identical before you do anything.

Still, its free software and one thing we have is choice and configurability.
We can make our desktops look like anything we like and if someone wants to imitate something else... we can.

Whether I think its butt ugly, bland and boring is not important just like the seniors I install Linux for and who use 2 inch panels and 16pt fonts everywhere.... if its good for you, then thats the only thing that matters.

(still looks ugly though)

From: Anonymous at: 2011-03-10 14:52:24

I really wish people would keep their unnecessary negative comments to themselves. If you don't like something, thats fine, but there's no need to trash other people's comment streams with your personal tastes. Some people need help to spruce up their desktops from the default ubuntu theme, and this article does a good job with that.

People can easily do their own modifications after this primer.

From: Jake at: 2011-03-22 05:18:56

I have a Google Chrome OS CR-48 test product and installed Ubuntu for a dual boot OS.  I have went through solution after solution for a fix to two-finger scrolling without ANY LUCK whatsoever.  Well, I stumbled upon this purely appearance based extension to have my Ubuntu view more Mac-like (since I'm a Mac guy at heart)  well to my surprise after doing these vanity steps two-finger scrolling magically works! How? I have no CLUE! But it does! I felt compelled to comment.

From: clayg at: 2011-01-02 01:20:36

I get a 2 inch black boarder at bottom of screen after installing docky any idea of how to get rid of it? Thank you for your time. Clay

From: clayg at: 2011-01-02 02:07:57

SOLVED Black boarder at bottom of screen after installing Docky Open a Terminal and copy and paste the line below. gconftool-2 -s --type bool /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager true and then restart docky. This worked for me.