Better way to setup Macbuntu in Natty Narwhal

In my previous post, we can setup Macbuntu in Ubuntu 11.04 with little adjustment in installation script. But this approach have few problems. The script provided by Macbuntu offers things that actually we don’t need and more importantly causing many problems.

In general actually we can (read: should) skip few lines to avoid problems when installing in Natty.  So let’s do it in conventional way. Below are few steps to get what we need.

Bear in mind that I use classic desktop when I login. I have not tried install this using Unity Desktop but I think shouldn’t have any problem.

1. Extract Macbuntu 10.10

I don’t know if there are any differences between Macbuntu 10.04 and 10.10. I use Macbuntu 10.10. I have no problems with Ubuntu 11.04. If you does not have it, you can download here. Then extract the tar file to your Documents folder, right click on the file, choose Extract here. You will see new folder named Macbuntu-10.10.

Point the cursor on it, right click, choose rename, and rename it to Macbuntu-11.04. This is just to help you ease find the folder if you need it later.

2. Setup Macbuntu Theme

Go to Documents folder, open the extracted Macbuntu-11.04 folder, then open themes folder. Righ click on the Macbuntu folder, then select compress. Leave the compress format  as .tar.gz. Select the Location to Documents, then click Create.

Right click on your desktop, select Change Desktop Background option. On Theme tab click Install button. Open the Macbuntu.tar.gz theme that you just created under your Documents folder, then click Open button.

3. Setup Menu Bar

Natty uses global menu as its standard menu in Unity. But since we use Classic Desktop we have to activate it. Open Ubuntu Software Center from the menu. In search box on the top right, type appmenu. Select Clone of the GNOME panel indicator applet (indicator-applet-appmenu). Click Install button. Logout then login again.

Now we need to adjust the menu. Right click on the menu, select remove from panel. Do this step to all menu or icon in the panel until the panel empty (yes, you read it correctly). Point your cursor at the panel, right click then select Add to Panel. Select Indicator Applet Appmenu. A new menu will be shown in the panel. Right click on it, select Move, move your cursor to the position next to the left corner.

Right click again on the panel, Add to Panel, select Search for Files. Move it to the most right. Do the same for clock, and add also Indicator Applet. Move items to the right positions. Then right click again select Lock to Panel, do it for every item in the panel. See my screen above.

4. Setup Docky

From Software Center, type Docky in the search box. Click Install button. Click Docky button, adjust settings to what you want. I use Air theme, with 3D Background.

5. Fine Tune

Until this step, everything we need are setup. Now we need to fine tune to make it what we want. Next is to copy the Macbuntu icon.

Go to terminal, type:

cd ~/Documents/Macbuntu-11.04
cp -r cursors/Macbuntu-Cursors ~/.icons/Macbuntu-Cursors
cp -r icons/Macbuntu-Icons ~/.icons/

Install Fonts:

sudo fc-cache -f -v
cp -f fonts/.fonts.conf ~/.fonts.conf

Set window button layout:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string "close,minimize,maximize:menu"

Add Mac OSX Lion like application launcher using Slingshot:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementaryart/elementary-dev

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install slingshot-launcher

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/slingshot.desktop

then add copy and paste this code:

[Desktop Entry]

Add the launcher to the dock, just drag drop the launcher. The screen looks like the picture when you done.

There are many Mac OSX Lion wallpapers available at you can download.

That’s all. With this setup I still can change any theme I want or use Unity without any problem. But still, I have to warn you, do at your own risk.


6 Responses to Better way to setup Macbuntu in Natty Narwhal

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  6. Leonardo says:

    Muchas gracias! Gran tutorial, quedo excelente y nada falló! Saludos desde Argentina

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