|Submitted: Jul 5 2010|
Updated: Jun 20 2011
I created this theme for a couple of reasons:
1. I wanted to learn more about GTK and Metacity theme creation/modification.
2. I wanted to come up with a theme that was clean and simple but not too simple.
After a couple of days of work, this theme was born. I felt like the name "Unity" fit because this theme created a sense of similarity or unity between various elements without being either too boring or too outlandish. Or at least to me it does. :-)
I'm by no means an expert with GTK and Metacity themes, so I'm sure there's room for improvement. I've tried to test this theme as thoroughly as possible on my native distribution (Arch Linux) so hopefully there aren't any glaring errors. If you have any feedback you'd like to share, please feel free to e-mail me.
I'm a big fan of the GNOME-Colors Icons by perfectska04 (Victor C.):
Of course, you're welcome to use any icon theme you want, but these are my personal favorites.
I also like the color schemes from the GNOME-Colors project by perfectska04 (Victor C.):
This them is licensed under the GPL. You're welcome to modify, release, and distribute this theme however you wish. Improve it, package it for your favorite distribution, share it...but most of all, I hope you enjoy using it!
Versions of this theme prior to version 0.4 required a GIT version of the Murrine GTK engine. As of version 0.4, options that are not present in the stable version of the Murrine engine (0.98 as of the release date of version 0.6) have been removed.
Panel background image and general inspiration from Murrine-Colors theme by perfectska04 (Victor C.):
Was originally based on Metacity portion of "Masa-Colors Unity" theme by klausdiemaus (Benjamin Hardy):
I've also found that this theme works well with the "Equinox Evolution Rounded" Metacity theme which is
part of the Equinox GTK engine download available at:
20110619 (June 19, 2011)
-General code cleanup
-Made the background color slightly darker.
-Changed the tooltip background color back to the yellow color used in the Clearlooks color scheme.
-Made the unfocused notebook tabs darker so that the focused tab stands out more. (Thanks to ermo for suggesting this change!)
-Changed the prelight color for buttons and scrollbars. (Thanks to ermo for suggesting this change!)
-Added a gradient to the scrollbar trough to make the scrollbar easier to see. (Thanks again to ermo for this suggestion!)
20110222 (February 22, 2011)
-Changed version numbering scheme.
-GTK: Cleaned up a little of the code in the gtkrc file. Didn't affect the appearance of the theme at all.
v0.7 (January 17, 2011)
-Metacity: Changed back to style used in v0.5.
-Also created and released matching themes for Openbox, XFCE and Emerald.
v0.6.1 (November 30, 2010)
-Fixed a problem with permissions that prevented the Metacity theme from installing correctly.
v0.6 (November 29, 2010)
-GTK: Added the "arrowstyle" option to give the theme nice filled-in arrows. This option was introduced in version 0.98 of the Murrine engine.
-GTK: Changed the contrast value to 1.0 globally, to make everything stand out just a bit more.
-Metacity: Complete redesign of the titlebar, especially the buttons.
v0.5 (August 25, 2010)
-Turned this into a single theme for greater simplicity and ease of use. Feel free to change the color scheme however you wish. The default color scheme is the same one used for the Clearlooks theme. Thanks to Padster for the idea!
-GTK: Fix text color on progressbars...text was black in filled area when it should have been white, making it hard to read with certain color schemes.
-GTK: Change padding values for treeview headers...the padding values in version 0.4 just seemed too big to me after using it for a while.
v0.4 (July 31, 2010)
-GTK: Many changes - theme was pretty much rebuilt from the ground up. Options not available in the stable version of the Murrine engine have been removed. Other important changes were to lighten the background color a fair bit and to fix the background of the Nautilus sidebar. It's now white as it should be, instead of matching the background color.
v0.3 (July 17, 2010)
-GTK: Added a gradient to the scrollbar & progressbar trough
-GTK: Minor tweaks to progressbars
-GTK: Fixed issue with borders on combo boxes
v0.2 (July 10, 2010)
-GTK: Fixed issue which was causing text boxes in toolbars to not have borders. Thanks to drazzard for pointing this issue out!!
-GTK: Minor tweaks to color values used for highlighted objects (buttons & scrollbars in particular)
-GTK: Added handles to sliders, to match the style used for scrollbars
-GTK: Added a subtle border to buttons to make them stand out just a bit more
-GTK: Changed listview header style
-GTK: Minor tweaks to progressbar
-Metacity: Centered title text
-Metacity: Removed "grill mark" from titlebar
-Metacity: Changed color selections for active and inactive titlebar text, they are now based on the GTK theme colors
-Metacity: Shifted titlebar text up slightly to prevent bottoms of letters from getting cut off on occasion
-Metacity: Re-edited & re-colored some of the titlebar buttons
v0.1 (July 4, 2010)