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Hey Lainons,

I've been thinking of jumping the ship completly to Linux soon, as most of what I do can be done on Linux bit better. Probably Arch if I can finally get it to work, or maybe Fedora.

Anyway, my question is how do I get my Linux machine to look like pic related? Preferably with more blue than orange.

Image stolen from https://lainchan.org/tech/res/33216.html#q34755


Find or make a GTK+ theme that suits your taste and apply it. Install urxvt as your terminal and edit a file called .Xresources to make the colours match your GTK theme, there are some scripts out there to generate this. Install a tiling window manager, I like i3 personally but choose one you like. Either edit its gaps settings if it has them or install a gaps module/plugin to get gaps between the tiled windows. Install and enable a compositor to get shadows and if you want animations or transparency. You can look at Compton. For making websites look the same like in the image you can use a Firefox plugin called stylish that lets you install themes or modify the CSS of sites. I don't know if that is Firefox they are using but you can achieve a look like that you can use the built in Firefox customization and theming options but to go all the way you should enable Classic Theme Restorer then use Stylish to create custom CSS for the Firefox UI itself, you can look up how to do this.


Basically you'll need:

>A distro

Debian minimal install or Archlinux

>Tiling WM

dwm + uselessgap patch or i3-gaps

>GTK+ themes

Check https://www.gnome-look.org/


feh --bg-fill /path/to/wallpaper


URxvt - Edit .Xdefaults (or .Xresources, depending on your distro choice) to apply color schemes.
Use https://terminal.sexy to easily create your palette.


Check http://ohmyz.sh


As >>34883 mentioned, Firefox + Stylish extention to customize CSS.


>Stylish extention

Don't use it anymore, it's tracking software now. Use a clone that hasn't been bought up.


If you never used linux before, I fully recommend using Linux Mint.( Or ubuntu).

Here is the thing, most "general purpose" Linux distros focus on server ops. Debian and CentOS are workhorses, but they are more server distros. Not that you can't run a desktop out of these, but if you are not used to linux, you're going to get a "why can't I just do X, this is bullsoykaf" at least once a week for a few months until you either figure it out or quit.

Mabey you want to figure it out. Some people like hard mode because its hard. If you don't stick to a 'n00b distro'. n00b distros started with ubuntu as a way to make sure everything just works like the way people who frankly don't give a fuarrrk about how it works, get on other systems. Ubuntu kinda made a few design decisions that where disagreeable, and build quality dropped off, so the recommendation is mint, originally an ubuntu fork.

Don't like the 'n00b distro' fool you, mint is a full power Linux machine. People who like tweeking settings might find it cumbersome, but since this is your first time installing linux, its going to be your best bet.

>I want my desktop to look like

Themes. go find a theme for the desktop environment you are going to use. on mint this is cinnamon.


>Install and enable a compositor to get shadows and if you want animations or transparency. You can look at Compton.
Note: Compton doesn't play nice with xsetroot or, iirc, feh. Use hsetroot and you'll be golden, Lain.

Don't bother, OP, unless you aren't going to set it as your default shell; if you set it as your default shell you may run into some corner cases--perhaps rarely--stemming from lack of full-adherence to POSIX which will cause issues you probably won't be able to solve.

Personally, I use Fish and recommend it over zsh but to each their own. https://fishshell.com See >>>/tech/34110 for a recent thread on the discussion of zsh and other shells.

Also, learn how to use one of the big editors (Emacs, Vim, ed, Spacemacs, etc.); you'll be editing a lot of files so get used to something gud.


Do you have a recommendation for a clone? I'm not seeing many that aren't dependent upon the original Stylish.


>How do I get Linux to look like this?
You don't. The point of screenshots is showing off the things that work great, and not showing the rest of the world. That said, the rest of the world is usually where the important things are; there's always software that you want but it doesn't fit in, and cannot be configured to fit in. Most websites don't fit in like duckduckgo there, unless you are ready to break them with tinkery, aggressive plugins.
Unless you are comfortable with limiting your use of linux to shell, text editor, irc, music player, and a web browser, you won't look this cool. It's a choice of LOOKS vs USABILITY. The rice hermits will talk your ears off about how wrong I am, but they usually fail to understand that their AESCETIC use-case is not the only use-case.



This guy's pretty much right. These suprflat i3gaps screenshots are ridiculous. If all you do is stare at top and irc all day, I suppose. But to me it seems completely artificial.

I'd like to see more screenshots of these sorts of setups in a real world setup, where someones coding, testing, and using a reference, maybe while listening to music or watching videos in the background.


That would be mostly fullscreen windows, be it in a tmux or in a workspaces. That's how I roll at least, one applications per workspaces, a lot of the work done into a tmux terminal, and a panel hiding automatically for the few situations where I need to switch and keep track of more than 2 windows on screen.

Ideal screenshots with carefully arranged floating windows still are nice to the eyes and sometime make me want to change fonts and colorschemes.



For firefox I use styleRRR, though out-of-the-box I had to delete the preinstalled UI animation css because it broke my tabs.


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>I've been thinking of jumping the ship completly to Linux soon


>Probably Arch if I can finally get it to work, or maybe Fedora.

Anyway, my question is how do I get my Linux machine to look like pic related? Preferably with more blue than orange.

I've said it before and I'll say it again if this is your first go with Linux go for something that you can ease into. You can make just about every Linux distro look like that but jumping straight into Arch with a tiling window manager will feel like a big pain & it'll take you a long time to get it right. You'll be needing to learn a lot, fix a lot whilst still not knowing the basics

Try something that's popular with stacking window manager (perhaps Mint or Ubuntu), rice it whilst getting to know Linux then when accustomed try out the rest.

As far as pic related goes. For the browser always go firefox or derivative. As said you can use stylish but imo you might as well use the userchrome.css file.


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Why not use the userchrome.css file? As far as I know Stylish or the like doesn't offer anything extra & it's built in functionality & slows your browser down less


>Stylish or the like doesn't offer anything extra
Live editing and being able to enable/disable themes without restarting the browser is not something you can do with userchrome.css as far as I know.


True I guess but then again a style like that is not something I'd change every day & restarting the browser barely takes time when you do. You do you tho.


>a style like that is not something I'd change every day
Stylish can be used to style websites too (I think that's what's being used in the OP in order to change DuckDuckGo's appearance) and it's definitively more convenient and cleaner to create a new stylish theme than to have to add website-specific rules to your userContent.css.

>restarting the browser barely takes time when you do

Lucky you. It takes almost half a minute on my computer, most probably because of Pentadactyl and uMatrix.