The plasma desktop effect of KDE is mouth-watering. It not only looks beautiful, but also has a good amount of usability. But, the interface is available(by default) only on the KDE desktop environment.
Here is an easy way to get the plasma effect on Gnome along with Emerald and Gnome. The tutorial works on Ubuntu Karmic Koala.
- Go to
System >> Administration >> Hardware Drivers, select the latest driver for Graphics and activate it.
- Go to
System >> Preferences >> Appearance >> Visual Effects, activate the extra mode.
- Press Alt+F2, bring up xterm. Install required packages with the command
sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager emerald fusion-icon kde-minimal compiz-kde kdeplasma-addons plasma-scriptengine-python gtk2-engines-qtcurve
, this installs the packages named here.
- Save the given code into a file, say “GnomeDesk.sh”,
#!/bin/bash killall fusion-icon killall gnome-panel killall plasma-desktop gnome-panel & fusion-icon &
This will create a launcher for Gnome desktop.
- Save the given code into a file, say “PlasmaDesk.sh”,
#!/bin/bash killall fusion-icon killall gnome-panel killall plasma-desktop plasma-desktop & fusion-icon &
This will create a launcher for Plasma desktop.
- Now, run these commands:
chmod +x ~/Desktop/plasma-desktop.sh ; chmod +x ~/Desktop/gnome-desktop.sh
This makes the files executable.
- Open “gconf-editor” by typing it in the terminal. Go to the location
desktop >> gnome >> session >> required_components
and remove the “gnome-panel” value in the “Panel” section. This prevents Gnome panel from being reborn each time.
- Install any Emerald theme.
- Run the PlasmaDesk script you just created.
- From Compiz Fusion icon, select Window Manager as Compiz and Window Decorator as Emerald.
- In KDE menu, select
Favorites >> System Settings >> Style, and set “GTK+” in ”Widget style”. Use the Humanity Icon set for best results.