Cool themes for your ubuntu GNOME desktop

I just found a project that aims to provide complete themes for gnome desktop (i.e. GDM, GTK, Metacity, Emerald, Icons and wallpaper) which are very cool :) the project is called Bisigi whatever that means!

any way there is like 10 complete sets at the moment but there is more to come :) to install on ubuntu 9.04 you need the following:

1 – Add the key for the repository

Open a terminal and do:

gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371 --recv-key 881574DE && gpg -a --export 881574DE | sudo apt-key add -

2 – Add the repository

Add those lines at the end of your sources.list (always in a terminal):
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

## Thèmes du projet bisigi
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/bisigi/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/bisigi/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

3 - Install Themes

Then open a terminal and do: (this command install all themes. If you want to install only one theme, go look here)
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install zgegblog-themes
or click on apt://zgegblog-themes

showtimebalanzan-binfinity-b wild-shineexotictropical bamboo zenstep-into-freedomsunrise aquadreams

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Manarat: the code name of Sabily 10.04

Assalamo alaykom,

Sabily team is proud to announce the code name of Sabily 10.04: Manarat

Manarat is the plural of the Arabic word Manara which mean in English and other languages Minaret:


Welcome Sabily Manarat :)


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Sabily 9.10 (Gaza) released

Sunday, 10 Muharram 1431

Bismilleh walhamdolilleh wassaleto wasselemo ala rasolilleh,

The Sabily team is proud to announce the release of Sabily 9.10, codename “Gaza”. Sabily is the new name of Ubuntu Muslim Edition, the Operating System designed by and for Muslims (but non-Muslims are very welcome to use it too Wink).

Sabily 9.10 is available as a Live DVD (so you can test it without installing anything on your computer), with 2 versions:

  • Small version (1 GB): contains the main Sabily packages (artwork, islamic applications) and Arabic support
  • Full version (2.8 GB): same as above plus multimedia, education and miscellaneous packages, besides offline Quran recitations provided by www.versebyversequran.com: Muhammad Siddeeq al-Minshawi, Huzify, Sa’ad al-Ghamadi and Mishary Rashed Alafasy
    Note: the offline recitations are useful if you are not connected to the Internet (all Sabily versions provide online recitations)

What’s new in this release:

  • “Noor” application: new Quran Browser
  • Sample books for Thwab
  • “Fsool” application: the Sira of The prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him)
  • “Rejaal” application: Men around the prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him)..a flash bibliography of 60 Sahabi
  • “Arabeyes Qamoos”: Arabic-English dictionary

Note: the three last software exist only on the full version

What’s changed:

  • New theme (grub image + xsplash…)
  • New structure of “Islamic Software”
  • Monajat is re-developed in Python

Main features:

  • Parental control tool installed (WebStrict)
  • Zekr (Quran study tool), able to play Quran recitations
  • Prayer times apps: Minbar and Firefox ‘Pray Times’ add-on
  • Thwab (encyclopaedia)
  • Custom artwork: usplash, login screen, Islamic wallpapers and theme.
  • Full support for Arabic language.
  • The full version of the DVD contains multimedia, scientific, educational and many other useful software

Download Sabily 9.10 (Gaza) here.

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Test Drive Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 9.10

I was amused with the Gnome 3 when I first used it on my Ubuntu 9.10, it is really great and I can’t wait to see it as the default on Ubuntu…

To Install

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

To run

gnome-shell –replace

Also you could write a shell script to run it in silent mode:

  1. create an empty file an call it “gnome-shell.sh”.
  2. fill in it the script above “gnome-shell –replace”.
  3. right click on the file ==> properties.
  4. go to permissions tab and and allow to run the file as executable.
  5. double click on the file and choose “Run”.

Here is a screen shot from my desktop.


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Sabily Gaza Beta foretaste

Sabily beta is released and the expected time to release a stable version is on 27 of this month, a screen cast made by Abdelmonam Kouka:

Sabily 9.10 (Gaza release) beta – LiveCD from Abdelmonam Kouka on Vimeo.

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