Make Ubuntu Look Like Mac With the Gela Theme

Joel Lee 01-10-2015

Up until Ubuntu went public with Unity Ubuntu 11.04 Unity - A Big Leap Forward For Linux It's here. The newest version of Ubuntu sports an entirely new user interface: Unity. It also includes a much-improved Software Center, alongside the usual updates for the thousands of free programs Ubuntu offers. Canonical decided... Read More , out-of-the-box Linux has always been rather ugly compared to both Windows and Mac. (And depending on who you ask, Ubuntu’s Unity was even a step in the wrong direction!)


If you recently switched from Mac to Linux, or if you’re just a regular Linux user who happens to like the aesthetics of Mac, the good news is that you can do something about it — by using the Gela Theme.


The Gela Theme is one artist’s response to the plethora of dark themes available to the Gnome desktop environment MATE vs. GNOME Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon Desktop Environments Explained What is the best GNOME-based Linux desktop? We compare Unity vs. GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, Pantheon, and Budgie to help you choose. Read More . This artist fought back with a bright-colored theme built on the fundamentals of clean lines and minimalist design.

The result is a Gnome theme that looks and feels like Mac on Linux. It’s not an exact replica, but it’s close enough that it evokes the right emotions.

An alternative to the Gela Theme would be to switch distros to Elementary OS Freya Elementary OS Freya: The Next Major Update To A Rising Linux Distro Now, we're getting a glimpse at the first beta of the next released, codenamed "Freya". What's new in Freya, and is it worth upgrading or switching to it from other distributions? Read More , which has a unique desktop environment that feels incredibly close to Mac without needing any tinkering on your part. But if we’re being honest, we still prefer the Gnome-based desktop environment MATE How To Install The MATE Desktop On Your Linux System The MATE desktop might well be the right choice for you. If you're interested in using the MATE desktop, here are several ways to get it, including on your favorite distributions. Read More .


Related topics: GNOME Shell, Linux, Ubuntu.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I like it. Making Linux look like Windows and Mac help the older generations realize what they have been missing by using inferior OSes. I still use Windows in VMware for business needs because my employer uses Windows only software for many things. I am often recycling old PCs and giving them out as redone Linux systems for older generation who needs to upgrade their old XP or Mac systems that eventual die. Linux has so much free software and fits the needs of basic users and has much less security problems. Making the switch to Linux with little training for the user to become familiar with the UI as possible is always a great plus for me.

    • Joel Lee
      October 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Great point, Derek! Interface familiarity is a super important component of getting people to try out Linux. The fact is, a lot of people are intimidated by the foreign nature of Linux, so bridging that gap as much as possible is necessary to break down the myths surrounding Linux. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous
    October 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Why can't Linux just look like Linux? I don't need it to look like Mac or Windoze! Personally I love the traditional desktop. I now use Mate as they screwed up Gnome, which was my favorite.

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Exactly, it was what I was about to say. The only interest I have in a MacOS look is when I have to use one (occasionally I think I might like to get one, then I smack myself and come back to my senses), It's like the tutorials for making Linux look like WinXP or Win7; when I would set up *those* systems I was usually disabling the themes service, so they'd end up looking more like Win2000 (unfortunately, there's no removing the fugliness of Win8.x or Win10).

      Much prefer the Linux-look of my Linux system....

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Linux DOES look like Linux: however we want it to look. That's what's great about an open source operating system :-)

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      That would be your opinion. In my opinion Gnome 3 is much better and a natural evolution unlike Ubuntu's Unity which was a pretty big leap. I agree with James that the customization of Linux is the most attractive feature and there may well be users that want the foo-foo feel of the Mac without getting bent over by Apple for the hardware. Linux offers that. :)

    • Joel Lee
      October 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      The beauty of Linux is that it can look like whatever you want it to look like. Some people happen to like the Mac look. Wouldn't you prefer that they use Linux with a Mac theme than actually using a Mac? :P