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Alexio
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 A quick way to make Linux Mint look like Mac OS X


Macbuntu is an open-source program designed to transform the Linux desktop appearance and layout into a Mac OS X environment. It will install all the necessary apps, icons, and other resources to make your desktop look just like OS X.

You can read the "Software Requirements Specification for MacBuntu v10.10", a 21.9 MB PDF document, to find out more about Macbuntu.

You should be aware that this script significantly changes the desktop.
Also, keep in mind that running scripts with root privileges is dangerous. If you do not trust the software or you are unsure about the origin of this software, please do not install.
 
Macbuntu guarantee the safe code only if the application comes from this address
https://sourceforge.net/projects/macbuntu/

The Macbuntu installation script automatically installs and configures all necessary system components to mimic Mac OS X appearance:
 * Paw-OSX and Paw-Ubuntu Plymouth themes
 * Macbuntu sound theme
 * Macbuntu GTK theme based on GTK Leopard
 * Macbuntu-Icons based on Mac4Lin and Faenza Icons
 * Macbuntu-Cursors based on Shere Khan X
 * Mac OS X backgrounds
 * Mac OS X fonts

The script also installs:
 * Compiz Extras
 * Application Menu
 * Docky
 * Ubuntu-Tweak
 * Cheese

It changes the configuration for:
 * Login screen
 * Metacity
 * Compiz effects
 * Window theme
 * Backgrounds
 * Cursors
 * Icons
 * Top panel

If a previous version of Macbuntu is installed it will be overwritten.
 

To install Macbuntu for Linux Mint 10, which is based on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, just run the following four lines in a Terminal window to download and install the 42.0 MB package:

wget https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/macbuntu/macbuntu-10.10/v2.3/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz

tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz -C /tmp
 
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10/
 
./install.sh force

Also, there is a Gnome GlobalMenu patch for Macbuntu 10.10 that you should install, available here.

 

To install Macbuntu for Linux Mint 9, which is based on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, just run the following four lines in a Terminal window to download and install the 42.2 MB package:

wget https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/macbuntu/macbuntu-10.04/v2.3/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz

tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz -C /tmp

cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04/

./install.sh force

 

When the installation is finished, the script asks about the optional installation of some extras:
 * Firefox theme Vfox3_Basic and MacOSX Theme
 * Thunderbird theme Leopard Mail-Default-Aqua
 * Chrome theme GTK Leopard Chrome Theme
 

After the installation, it is required to restart your computer.

To use Mint Menu with your new desktop, you can add it in the top panel by right-clicking on the panel and choosing "Add to panel". There you can search for "mintMenu" and add it to the panel.

 

If you decide that the Mac-themed desktop is not what you want for your desktop, you can just uninstall Macbuntu.

To remove Macbuntu 10.10 v2.3 from Linux Mint 10, open a terminal and type the following commands:

cd ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3/

./uninstall.sh

To remove Macbuntu 10.04 v2.3 from Linux Mint 9, open a terminal and type the following commands:

cd ~/.macbuntu/10.04-2.3/

./uninstall.sh

 

After the removal of Macbuntu, it is required to restart your computer.

You may see that the default theme after the uninstallation is not the right one, so you can just select your favourite desktop theme from the Appearance Preferences available in the Mint Menu.

 

Recommended reading:

Macbuntu 2.3 GTK 2.x Theme/Style on gnome-look.org

Pinguy OS - an optimised Live DVD build of Ubuntu 10.10 Minimal CD with added repositories, tweaks and enhancements

Linux OSX like - download two Ubuntu remasters using Mac4Lin as the default theme, Avant window navigator and Gnome global menu

Macbuntu-iso - download the Ubuntu remastered ISO using  Macbuntu for the default theme (based on Mac4Lin)


Tags: Macbuntu Mac OS X Transformation Pack
Created: 3 years ago.
Last edited: 3 years ago.
Reviewed: 3 years ago.
Read 10830 times.

Comments
1 year ago

ssj_satish
I did the same as above told and installed mac os x theme. But I want to remove it completely. How do I do that?
I did cd ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3/
o/p:
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $


then i typed ./uninstall.sh
o/p:
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $ ./uninstall.sh

Macbuntu - Mac OS X Transformation Pack

Deinstallation script

Attention!
This script will slide back to default Ubuntu desktop
all Macbuntu-10.10 components will be removed permanently

Checking Ubuntu version...
Failed. System not supported, script will end here
To ignore their compatibility with current OS try ./uninstall.sh force
Exiting...
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $

then I typed ./unistall.sh force
o/p:
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $ ./unistall.sh force
bash: ./unistall.sh: No such file or directory
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $
 
1 year ago

MikeB_2012
In addition to my previous: this is what I see in the terminal after running install. Everything seems fine and at the end I get:

Macbuntu-10.10 installation complete! Have fun :)
Featured
* Firefox theme Vfox3_Basic and MacOSX Theme
* Thunderbird theme Leopard Mail-Default-Aqua
* Chrome theme GTK Leopard Chrome Theme

Do you want to see and install [Y/n]?
y


(process:32136): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion `sys_page_size == 0' failed

(process:32150): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion `sys_page_size == 0' failed

It is recommended that you restart the X server (Control+Alt+Backspace if enabled)
Positively, if reboot the computer. Restart now?
Please, press any other key if you want to restart later [y/N]?

(A confusing message by the way.)
 
1 year ago

MikeB_2012
I have linux mint 15 running in vmware 6.0. I followed the process and it _seems_ to work. When I reboot I get the apple logo on a silver background. But when boot is complete I get the same default linux mint 15 desktop, not even Docky. Do I have to then launch the OSX desktop and if so how. Also note that in my macubuntu directory I have to folders: 10.04-2.3 and 10.10-2.3. Shouldn't there only be one? TIA for any assist.  
1 year ago

tharnest
ok so I am running linux mint olivia.

I am a newbie just born into the linux world 3 days ago, I am reading and trying to learn as much as I can. However one thing scares the crap oput of me and that is the command prompts (aka the terminal)

so when you are giving a code like above exactly how am I to go about imputing it.

as one long command line, as multiple command lines with spaces and seperate lines, or 1 at a time as prompted???

TIA
 
2 years ago

Miquel_Ubuntero
thanks for that tutorial. It worked at first run. Nice and cool!  
3 years ago

areskz
After installing I didn't get screen edges working properly (show desktop and scale windows). And seems like something is overriding CompizConfig settings' shortucts, because they are set but not working.

What can be overriding it?

And how can I make screen edges work? Without them system cannot be count as "OSX like" :)
 
3 years ago

mikefreeman
If this is targeted at Ubuntu (hence the name Macbuntu), why is there no .deb or PPA? That little extra bit of work would make distributing this package (on the developer's side) and using it (on the end users' side) MUCH simpler.  

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