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Restore the default Linux Mint 8 theme and colours

After playing with the GNOME Appearance preferences on my new Mint 8 installation, I managed to completely lose the color scheme, window decorators and other options for the default Helena theme – which I actually liked.

Due to an unrelated incident that I will blame on an abuse of Compiz (which really doesn’t play nice with the Xinerama extension), I recreated my GNOME profile this morning and saved out the default theme. For my own future reference (and anyone else who doesn’t want to nuke their profile), I’ve uploaded the default Mint 8 theme. Extract it to your ~/.themes/ directory and it will appear in Control Center > Appearance as “Default Mint Theme”.

This theme should theoretically work on any Linux distribution with GNOME, as well, but you’ll need the “Shiki-Wise” control set, “Shiki-Colors-Metacity” window border, and the “GNOME-Wise” icon set for more than just the gray and green hues.




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  1. February 20th, 2010 at 16:15 | #1

    Thanks! This is very helpful. I have just messed-up my themes by trying different stuff and your solution solved it all.

  2. Harman
    March 17th, 2010 at 16:55 | #2

    Thanks for this. I lost it too just now. It is a bit silly that it’s easy to lose the theme.

  3. December 23rd, 2010 at 07:45 | #3

    Thank you very much, extremely useful.. i love this default theme.

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