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XFCE with xubuntu theme

Screenshot at 2011-12-14 07:34:47.png

 

 

Gnome Shell (with docky and 1 extension)

Screenshot at 2011-12-14 07:37:09.png

 

Gnome Shell (active/menu)

Screenshot at 2011-12-14 07:45:30.png

 

KDE 4.7.2 (without Kubuntu tweaks)

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These are all taken from the same system running ubuntu 11.10. Not sure what would be "default" look of them, with the exception of the gnome screenshot with docky (and the date/time extension in the activity bar), these are pretty much what you will find to expect in a default installation of Ubuntu, if you install xfce/kde/Gnome 3.

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post #12 of 16
Elementary OS definitely provides something Mac-ish that you might like. It uses Gnome 2, but this can be achieved in Arch through MATE (a Gnome 2 fork).
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However, there have been steps in integrating Elementary into the Gnome 3 environment, as seen in this picture:
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You might not like it, but Unity also gives a great Elementary theme:
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As for an application dock, I prefer avant-window-navigator (AWN for short). Although cairo-dock has a lot of features, AWN is cleaner, simpler, and in my opinion looks nicer.

As bad as it sounds, the best DE that you can probably pick would be Gnome 3. Gnome 2 is already out of date, and most Gnome applications now require GTK3 themes. However, really if you have the resources, you can make your DE/WM look like anything you want. You just need to find the themes for it. If you can't find any, you can make them yourself!
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post #13 of 16
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Most if not all Linux flavors are going to have some sort of dock heck you can have a dock in windows. Non of them are going to act like a Mac in the end only look like it the apps will be in plenty of other places. I would just burn a bunch of CD's from www.distrowatch.com probably the most popular ones and go from there. For a DE I prefer KDE over the new gnome which I use in Chakra (fork of Arch) and I use a WM (dwm) on my laptop which uses next to nothing in my limited ram.
post #14 of 16
Just seen this - sounds perfect for you smile.gif
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post #15 of 16
Greetz
Regarding OSX like DEs, I think you may want to decide if it is the look or the action that you want/need most. Because Mac was slow to adopt multi-buttoned mice they provide a lot of extra function with just one or two buttons that was offloaded to others on PC systems. KDE has a theme that looks kinda Mac-ish and is designated so but mainly it affects mouse actions to be more Mac-like. For those used to opening a file or folder with a single-click, for example, having to double-click is a real pita. For those used to double-clicking it takes some getting used to but it really is faster and IMHO, better. In any case, the KDE Mac theme is well worth looking into whether your distro provides v3 or v4.
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post #16 of 16
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Thanks everyone, this is pretty much what I was looking for, just a few screen shots. I think that will do it, I think I like XFCE or GNOME.
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