So you wanna transform Ubuntu 16.04 desktop to Apple’s MacOS X operating system. Well, I got you covered. Macbuntu Transformation Pack is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and I will guide you to set it up easily. The Macbuntu Transformation Pack contains themes for GTK, meaning there is support for Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE desktop environments.
Noobslab’s latest Transformation pack comes with the following –
- A PPA dedicated to Macbuntu packs.
- Themes are better coded, looks shiny, smooth, fast.
- GTK themes support Unity, Mate, Gnome, Xfce, Cinnamon.
- Mac theme for LightDM-webkit autoconfiguration
- Two themes for Gnome Shell dark and light version, and two for Cinnamon
- Icon set compatibility for 16.04
- Four Plank dock themes
So let’s dive in!
Get Mac OS X Wallpapers
Download some Mac Wallpapers made available by NoobsLab. Extract the wallpapers to your pictures folder. Apply any of this as your wallpaper.
Install Unity tweak tool
The Unity tweak tool extends the customization of Unity by allowing you to change the themes and icons. Enter the following command via terminal.
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
Install and set MacOS theme on Ubuntu
Run the following command to download and install the MacOS theme –
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-icons-lts-v7 sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-ithemes-lts-v7
After installation, open the Unity Tweak Tool and set the mac theme as your current theme and apply the macbuntu icons also.
Install Slingscold Launcher (for Launchpad)
Install slingscold Launcher as a replacement launcher. To install Slingscold, enter the following commands in your terminal –
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install slingscold
Install Albert Spotlight
Similar to the Mac spotlight, Albert spotlight is an app designed to help the user quickly locate and open an application, files or system preferences on your PC. To install Albert spotlight, enter the following commands in your terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install albert
After installation, you can open Albert spotlight from the Dash and first set a hotkey to activate it.
Install Plank Dock and themes
Plank is a lightweight dock app which is a good alternative to the MacOS dock. Install plank via terminal with the following commands.
sudo apt-get install plank
After installing plank dock, run the following to install macbuntu plank themes.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-plank-theme-lts-v7
To change the default plank theme to your installed macbuntu themes, press “Ctrl” + “Right Click” on Plank to access the context menu and change the theme.
Replace the “Ubuntu Desktop” text with “Mac” on the panel
To do the above, enter the following command via terminal. For a non-English version of Ubuntu, replace the /en/ with your locale. For instance, the French Ubuntu version will require /fr/.
cd && wget -O Mac.po http://drive.noobslab.com/data/Mac/change-name-on-panel/mac.po cd /usr/share/locale/en/LC_MESSAGES; sudo msgfmt -o unity.mo ~/Mac.po;rm ~/Mac.po;cd
Replace Ubuntu logo with Apple logo in launcher
Enter the following command via terminal to do the above –
wget -O launcher_bfb.png http://drive.noobslab.com/data/Mac/launcher-logo/apple/launcher_bfb.png sudo mv launcher_bfb.png /usr/share/unity/icons/
Install Monochrome icons for LibreOffice
If you have LibreOffice installed, you can also change the default Humans icons with Monochrome icons.
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-sifr
After installation, you have to open LibreOffice and apply the Monochrome icons at -
“Tools” > “Options” > “LibreOffice” > “View” and select “Sifr” under “Icon size and style”.
Add Apple Mac OS Font
Install the mac fonts with the following commands –
wget -O mac-fonts.zip http://drive.noobslab.com/data/Mac/macfonts.zip sudo unzip mac-fonts.zip -d /usr/share/fonts; rm mac-fonts.zip sudo fc-cache -f -v
Go ahead and apply the fonts from the Unity-Tweak tool.
So there, you have it, a very beautiful transformation of your Unity interface to a Mac interface.