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Mac and Windows Vista have such pretty user interfaces with all the transparencies and stuff. Is there anything for Ubuntu Linux to improve the way it looks?

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If you want to go all in (or out, I don't remember) on eye-candy, you might want to check out Compiz.

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pretty user interfaces with all the transparencies and stuff [!]

Here's a guide for Karmic.

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My personal favorite is Mac4Lin, makes the Linux GUI more mac-like. However I clearly recognize that this is a matter of personal preference, so please don't downvote just because you don't agree!!!

From their website:

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The goal of this project is to bring the Mac OS X user interface to POSIX Operating Systems (GNU/LInux, FreeBSD, openSolaris etc.). The project is built for desktop environments based on GTK -- Anirudh Acharya, Developer - Mac4Lin

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Great recommendation! Thanks, Josh. – user30898 Mar 11 '10 at 19:48
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I don't get these distributions/add ons that make your desktop look like a different OS. If you want your desktop to look a particular OS, why not just use that OS instead of trying to customise your current OS? – Bryan Mar 11 '10 at 21:42
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Because Mac OS only runs on Apple hardware and if you don't happen to have a Mac, you're SOL. Or, maybe you like the look of OS X but the functionality of Ubuntu. – Josh Mar 11 '10 at 21:48
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It could be also a matter of money...I have an IBM T20 laptop (soooooooo %&$£! old) and it was a present...if I was a little richer I'd buy a Mac (maybe) – dag729 Mar 15 '10 at 21:04

Try http://gnome-look.org for pretty themes and backgrounds.

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You can have a great look and feel and fancy features with using the KDE desktop. Install it with

sudo aptitude install kubuntu-desktop

or use the package manager or synaptic for it.

Gnome as well as KDE have lots of 3D effects and more if you enable it.

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Did you try to enable visual effects?

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Good idea! I will give it a try. – user30898 Mar 11 '10 at 19:48
    
While there, enable the "extra" effects as well - there's link on this same page. – Sunny Mar 11 '10 at 19:54

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