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GTK 2.x Theme/Style

Score 74%

Downloads:  44791
Submitted:  Dec 29 2010
Updated:  Jan 12 2011


This theme is a collaboration between me and Ceebeebg whose mock up was the initial inspiration behind Atolm:

You will need the murrine, pixbuf and equinox gtk engines to use this theme. The AwOken icon theme is also highly recommended as is Nautilus Elementary.

Installation :


Make sure you have uninstalled any older versions of the theme before installing via ppa. For good measure type on a terminal :

rm -R ~/.themes/Atolm

to install the Equinox gtk engine (provided by Tiheum) :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox

to install Atolm :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nikount/orta-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install atolm-theme

to install the Atolm xfwm4 decorators :

sudo apt-get install atolm-xfwm4-decorators

to install the Atolm emerald decorator :

sudo apt-get install atolm-emerald-decorators

Manual Installation :

just extract the contents of the zip file somewhere and drag and drop the Atolm.tar.gz and Atolm-Squared.tar.gz to the Appearance Preferences window (again, make sure you have uninstalled any previous version first). You can also install the emerald theme via the Emerald Theme Manager.

Customization :

If you prefer the old tabs, edit the gtkrc file (found inside ~/.themes/Atolm/gtk-2.0/ or /usr/share/themes/Atolm/gtk-2.0/ if you have installed via ppa) and replace the line :
include "Styles/tabs1.rc"
with this:
include "Styles/tabs.rc"

If you don't use Nautilus Elementary, edit the gtkrc and make this line:
include "Apps/nautilus-elementary.rc"
look like this:
#include "Apps/nautilus-elementary.rc"

OpenOffice and most other Gtk apps now have a different base and text color than the rest of the theme. This is unavoidable if you want to have a usable OpenOffice. If you want to have a unified look, you can make all Gtk apps follow the same settings by setting the Input Boxes background color to 5C5C5C and the Input Boxes text color to ECECEC.

Thanks :

I would like to thank my partner in crime, MonkeyMagico, JurialMunkey for his valuable feedback and advice, and all of you that keep supporting my work


- Squared Metacity decorator added.

- Xfwm4 normal and squared decorators added.

- Emerald decorator added.

- Text color of the contact name on the pidgin messaging window fixed.

- Text color of the JDownloader exit dialog and progressbars fixed.

- Text visibility of titles and quotes with lLiferea fixed.

- Firefox entry dark text on dark color bug on some sites fixed.

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 Great job.

 by Half-Left on: Dec 29 2010
Score 50%

But just a question. Why do you need to use so many engines? It really adds latency to the desktop.

Is it the case that the only why to make elegant themes now it to use so many engines? No offence to your work.

A GNOME a day, keeps the doctor away.
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 Re: Great job.

 by SkiesOfAzel on: Dec 29 2010
Score 63%

It's to avoid compatibility problems. If i used pixmaps for everything like i did with Orta and my previous themes, many apps would need individual fixes to look right. I could ditch equinox and use murrine for the entries as well, but they wouldn't look as good, or i could use pixmaps for them and loose color transparency. In the end it's all about compromise between the initial vision of the theme, compatibility and speed.

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 Great job

 by willy00mdq on: Dec 29 2010
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This theme is excellent like Orta!!.

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 Re: Great job

 by SkiesOfAzel on: Dec 29 2010
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It's all due to the excellent mockup by Ceebeebg:

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 This looks damn nice .. but ..

 by vaxxipooh on: Dec 29 2010
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:: novo vaxxius seclorum ::

This one look's great but its to damn slow, i can really see how it "pixel together" and hear disk activity when open menus - arent the "Equinox" engine rated among the slowest GTK engines out there? This i to bad coz i almost get stunned by the great look of this theme.

I am Vaxxipooh and I am totally committed to the festive mode.

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 Re: This looks damn nice .. but ..

 by SkiesOfAzel on: Dec 30 2010
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Equinox is only used for the entries, not for menus or any other part of the theme.

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 by Naf71 on: Dec 30 2010
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This is a masterpiece my friend, please keep it up and thanks for sharing.

Never say die, until the bones are rotten!
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 Open office problem

 by truongan on: Dec 30 2010
Score 50%

This theme was wonderful!

But I got problem in Openoffice and Opera, I have a black menu bar, dark dialog with dark gryed text, completely unreadable.

I'm trying to bear that problem for the time being and looking forward for next release

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 Re: Open office problem

 by SkiesOfAzel on: Jan 1 2011
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The OpenOffice problems will be fixed in the next update.

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 Re: Re: Open office problem

 by Rasmus1984 on: Mar 25 2011
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I had a similar problem as I use Opera as my standard browser, but I found this to be a workaround solution: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1488707

The thread is on launching single programs using a different theme, one can launch it using

bash -c "GTK2_RC_FILES="/usr/share/themes/Theme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc" original-command"

I've only tried it with Opera using Ambiance instead, and that seems to do the trick.

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 by LGD on: Dec 31 2010
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... looks great! :)

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 Re: Excellent...

 by SkiesOfAzel on: Jan 1 2011
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Thanks mate :), also happy birthday and a happy new year !!!

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