Remember when I said that the default theme in Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1 looks like that in Windows 95? Well, it no longer does not. The Ambiance and Radiance themes that comes by default in Ubuntu has been ported to GTK3 now and they have landed in the development version of Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot”.
Overall this is just a port of the theme in GTK2 to GTK3 and, so, it does not have any new features. However, there are some minor differences:
- The entire navigation bar in Nautilus has been removed and replaced by just the back and forward buttons.
- The status bar in Nautilus has been replaced by a new “on-demand” status bar.
To get the newly ported themes, open the Terminal and update your system.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
There is still no easy application to change the theme yet. (GNOME 3 no longer have the Appearance application.) So you have to do it manually using the dconf-editor.
$ sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
After the installation, launch dconf-editor by pressing ALT+F2 and entering “dconf-editor” (without quotes).
Then go to org > gnome > desktop > interface > gtk-theme. Change “Adwaita” to either “Radiance” or “Ambiance” (again without quotes) and click on Set To Default.