‘Custubuntu’ 0.7 Released – Brings Nice UI changes & Partial Support for 12.10

‘Custubuntu’, a software tool that lets users easily install themes, indicators and tweak Ubuntu (a little), has reached the version 0.7. It brings some nice changes to the user interface and now also supports Ubuntu 12.10 (not fully yet, according to the developer).

Concerning the interface, under the ‘Themes’, now it clearly states whether a certain theme supports Ubuntu 12.10 or not. Also in the ‘Icons’ tab, installable buttons for both 12.04 and 12.10 are listed separately.

Previously, features such as moving the window control buttons (Close, Minimize, Maximize), disabling ‘Global menu’ and ‘Overlay Scrollbars’ did not work under Ubuntu 12.10, but now they do!.

Custubuntu-0.7-running-on-Ubuntu-12.10

Also, another subtle but nifty change on the UI has also taken place and as a result now all the buttons on the ‘Indicators’ and ‘Icons’ tabs have the same width/height & alignment, and it improves the overall look too.

Icons-tab-Custubuntu-0.7

Other features such as installing ‘Ubuntu Tweak’ in Ubuntu 12.10 is still not supported.

I would like to point out a simple mistake concerning moving the window control buttons. This is actually not a big deal and some users might like the way ‘Custubuntu’ arranges them, but …

By default, Ubuntu displays the window control buttons to the left and in the order of: ‘Close, Minimize, Maximize’. Now of course ‘Custubuntu’ supports moving them either to the left or the right side of the applications’ windows. But when doing so, it also changes the layout order too.

In other words, after moving them to the right side, if moved them back to the left, then the new button layout would be ‘Close, Maximize, Minimize’. And as you can see, the position of the ‘Minimize’ button now will be changed.

Window-control-buttons-layout-issue-in-Custubuntu-0.7

As mentioned above, this might not a big deal for some, but I kinda like the default button layout of having the ‘Minimize’ button next to closer to ‘Close’. As a manual fix, you can easily get back your default button-layout in Ubuntu 12.10 pretty easily by using the below command in your Terminal window.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ‘close,minimize,maximize:’

So anyway, hopefully this too will be fixed, and I hope that the developer won’t mind be bragging about it, I was just pointing out a mistake ;-).

You can install ‘Custubuntu’ in Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 by going over to this page and getting the latest ‘.deb’ file. Once it finishes downloading, double click on it and follow instructions of Ubuntu Software Center (you will have to ignore the ‘‘this package is of bad quality’ message as well).

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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