All the good bloggers, at some point, do a How To Recreate My Desktop Article. So I thought I would do them too. As a non-Windows person, and since Linux is intensely customisable, I thought I would give you that. Before everyone starts complaining, I would like to show you my Windows desktop. Being used as a business laptop before it was passed down to me, my current Windows laptop is stuck on WIndows 7, and this is what it looks like:
It’s not great. Since Linux is infinitely more customisable, we are going with this. Voila:
Like it? Thank you! If only I could take credit! Yeah, I didn’t do that. Instead, I used a little script I think of as pretty cool. It’s a script that will manipulate your extensions, themes and icons to look like Unity. Or macOS. Or Windows. It’s pretty cool.
Creating My Desktop
Seen as you’re currently gawking at my setup, I will show you how to achieve it:
Step 1: Download The Shell Layout Script:
First, you need to download the ZIP file for the script here. Extract it wherever you like.
Step 2: Run The Script
Next, you’re going to need to run the script. Open a terminal (press Crtl+Alt+T) and type the following commands, one after the other:
chmod +x layoutmanager.sh
A window will open up. Select the OS you wish to look like. Take my advice and DO NOT USE WINDOWS 10. It really isn’t very nice, nothing at all like the real Windows. Instead, do macOS or Unity. Unity, as you have seen, is what I have been using.
A terminal window will now open up. It will download all the necessary files automatically, so you don’t have to. Once the script is done, it will close by itself
Step 3: Wallpaper and Icons
If you didn’t notice before, all the stuff on my desktop is quite dark, as in the colour. This is not because I have weird stuff going on or am feeling in the dumps, just because I like dark themes and think they look nice. This whole black-orange thing looks amazing, would you not say? Unfortunately, to complete the Unity experience, this script downloads the Humanity Icon Pack, which looks horrendous.
The icons I have replaced them with are La Capitaine. They look incredible, but they do have obvious roots in the icons you will find on a Mac, so if you broke up with Apple recently, you may not what them. In that case I suggest Papirus. But I’m not going into that now.
First, you will need to download this ZIP file containing the icons. Next, extract it into the hidden .icons folder (press Crtl+H to see hidden files and folders). If the folder doesn’t exist, create it. Then open the GNOME Tweak Tool, click Icons and change the value to La-capitaine-icon-theme-master.
For, the wallpaper, well, let me show it to you by itself:
This wallpaper is an old OS X wallpaper, and, as all OS X and macOS wallpapers are, it looks AWESOME! You want to use it. Here’s the catch, though: I don’t know where to get it. In the testing of this Layout Script, my “colleague,” John, installed the macOS version. This, as you may have inferred, is the default wallpaper, and I liked it so much I copied it over from his Pictures folder. If you like, you could try find it on the Inter-Web. Or you could run the script in macOS mode to get the wallpaper first, then run the Unity Script. Not ideal. Sorry.
So now you know. My desktop is the last word in desktop awesome. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are the plain opinions of the author and not the collective opinions of the DoubleGeek Team or any of its affiliates (not that we have any). So now you know. Woah. I just said that twice in a paragraph. So now you know. I DID IT AGAIN!!!!