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Hella OSX Ubuntu March 7, 2009

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So the image I stole from digg in the middle of my last blog post got removed, so I need to make a new blog entry to stop make the front page of my blog look better.

This blog entry, will of course, again be about GUI. This time, I want to discuss what OSX actually is. This wikipedia image demonstrates what happened to UNIX over the years. As you can see, Mac OSX and Linux are not far from eachother. The main pillar to Apple’s recent rise has clearly been image. Their GUI has been recognized as something significant. Therefore, I wondered, how easy would it be to mimic OSX’s GUI in Ubuntu. Here are three screenshots:

Ubuntu, made to look like OSX

Ubuntu, made to look like OSX

I used Avant-Window Navigator for the doc. These pictures might be a little blurry, so just click on them to see them on my flickr account.

Ubuntu OSX File Manager

Ubuntu OSX File Manager

As you can see, I have gone into such details as the black cursor, the scrollbars, and even making the buttons appear at the top left of the window navigator, instead of the top right.

Same Widgets as OSX.

Same Widgets as OSX.

Mac Fanboys often remark about their cool f4 widget feature. Here is that exact same widget feature, reproduced.

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Anyway, for me this blog is just practice, to see what people respond to. From my last post, I have noticed a lot of views (and even one comment), from people I don’t know. This is really awesome, if you stumble across this blog, make sure to bookmark it and recommend it to friends. Something great will come of it.

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1. fullmetalgerbil - March 7, 2009

I never could understand why people made their Linux desktop look like Mac, or the distros that mimic the Windoz UI. I guess you’re making a good point though as far as the Apple “image” thing.
I run Debian with GNOME and customized it to look like LXDE so I guess I’m guilty as any :^)

2. Hassan - March 7, 2009

Solid Work. Keep it up and keep me informed.

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4. Christian Pfeiffer Jensen - March 8, 2009

How did you make it look like OSX?

5. jdetras - March 11, 2009

Hi fullmetalgerbil,

People tend to copy what is common (like Windows) or what looks expensive/elegant (MacOSX). Unless there is a practically cool GUI that says “I am Linux (that looks better than Mac or easier to use than Windows), then people would stick to what they know rather what is unique or new.

Hi Christian,

Check out my post in making Ubuntu like Mac at http://practicalswitchtoubuntu.blogspot.com/2009/01/want-to-look-like-mac.html and additional here http://practicalswitchtoubuntu.blogspot.com/2009/03/completing-macosx-look-global-menu.html

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