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Linux Desktop Themes

Desktop environments use user interface toolkits to develop menus, panels, and applications

Desktop Toolkits: GTK and Qt

Themes control the desktop appearance. Theme tool provides a list of currently installed themes, organized into three components: controls, window border, and icons.

The customize button opens the Theme details window with panels of different theme components. A user can select various elements to create a customized theme, which a user can save by clicking the Save Theme button.

GNOME Themes

GNOME is the default theme. Download additional themes from

To Change Theme: GNOME Tweaks tool -> Appearance tab and change the themes

The themes, icons and fonts (True Type Fonts TTF and Open Type Fonts OTF) installed are placed in the /home/<user_name>/.themes, /home/<user_name>/.icons and /home/<user_name>/.fonts directories in the user's home directory. To share them with all users, move them to /usr/share/themes, /usr/share/icons and /usr/share/fonts directories, and change ownership to the root user.

# chown -R root:root /us/share/themes/new-theme

network-admin tool displays a Network Settings window with panels for Connections, General, Hosts, and DNS. The Connection entry lists possible connections like Wireless, Hardware, and Modem.

Linux Zero Configuration Networking is free, open-source, and derived from Apple Bonjour zeroconf implementation is used by GNOME virtual file system. Distributions like Debian and Ubuntu implements full zeroconf network support.

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