Best way to change your GNOME Desktop look

Having the right eye-candy for your Linux box can be a very important factor especially when you plan to show it off to your Windows Vista or Mac fanboy friends. Customizing the look and feel of your Gnome desktop, however, can be a tedious process. You have to download the wallpapers, then know where to install the icon theme tarballs, the splash screens, etc.

Now there’s a much simpler way to do this. Install gnome-art-ng.

GnomeArt-NextGen is a successor to the older gnome-art, which was basically a theme changer. With Gnomeart-ng, one can change and customize the look and feel of your Gnome Desktop in a much more sophisticated and easier manner.

You can install Gnome-art-ng by downloading either the binary or the packaged deb file for Debian-based Distro users or   compile it from source.

Once invoked, it will ask you to download a huge 15 MB tarball containing the thumbnail previews of all the artwork, including icons, GDM greeters, wallpapers et al. It is recommended you do this, otherwise each preview will be downloaded, everytime and this can get frustrating.

Once the downloading is done, GnomeArt-NG takes some time to uncompress the data.

That’s it. You are done !!

Now just go to various tabs like Backgrounds, Window Decorations, Icons, Splash screen, etc. , preview the artwork and Apply.

When you Apply, it downloads the actual images from the GnomeArt site and even applies the settings.

It’s as simple as that.

If you want very specific contro or artwork from other sites, then you will have to go about doing it the old-fashioned way.