What’s Wrong With Being Beautiful?
So, you want to make your desktop look like the screenshot above, huh? Mystified by the process?
This guide will show you how to install and use the Oxygen-transparent theme for KDE 4.8 in Kubuntu 11.10.
What Is Oxygen-transparent?
Oxygen-transparent is a spin on the default Oxygen theme for KDE 4 the makes the widget background transparent and blurred, not entirely unlike the effect provided by Aero in Windows 7. Oxygen is already an attractive theme that’s nice to look at, but this piece of software simply takes it to the next level.
Get Your Deps!
You’ll need git to get the sources for oxygen-transparent. You’ll need some other packages too. Run this command:
sudo apt-get install git build-essential cmake kdelibs5-dev kdebase-workspace-dev libxrender-dev libx11-dev
Now, since you’ve still got your terminal open, let’s finish the job. Get the sources like this:
git clone git://anongit.kde.org/oxygen-transparent
Now, navigate to the directory you’ve downloaded:
Almost there kids. Let’s run the setup script.
sudo make && make install
Provided there were no errors, you should be able to use this immediately. Just open up System Settings and go to Application Appearance. Click Style and find Widget Style. Select Oxygen Transparent and click Apply at the bottom.
Now, click on Configure. Lower your Opacity to a level that’s comfortable for you to look at all the time. Hit OK as the bottom of the window, and you are all done?
When you’re finished, maybe you can do this to your wife’s computer too… Like this. :)