Ubuntu Gnome 14.04

After a few months of Debian Jessie it was time to stress the macbook with some Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 Final beta testing. The stable 14.04 LTS release is coming soon, april 17th, you may want to wait till then.

The distro is quite stable despite some Firefox or Rhythmbox crashes. It should be OK for the final release. Anyway, the pleasure of Gnome Shell (3.10) resides in its tweaks and configuration.


Above the final configuration: Tyr shell (on DeviantArt) and Plank dock with default skin (on ppa). Some extensions were activated: Media, Caffeine & Places. Usual Faenza icons. Lake wallpaper. Plank is used here as a visual desktop enhancement, there is no necessity to it. Keyboard shortcuts are usually the quickest to operate through windows.

To edit Tyr theme font size:

sudo nano /usr/share/themes/Tyr Niflheim/gnome-shell/gnome-shell.css

Gnome-Tyr-03Above: same configuration, Terminator emulator for background transparency sake, and LA Railroad wallpaper.

Underneath: a test with the default shell, Dash-to-dock extension and a Tint2 panel configure to blend in the classic theme. Classic ElementaryOS Luna wallpaper, you’ll find it easily. Elementary icons, also.

Gnome_02If you use the default shell and want to reduce font size, open the following CSS file and find the #stage line:

sudo nano /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css
/* default text style */
stage {
    font-family: ubuntu, sans-serif;
    font-size: 9pt;
    color: white;



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