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Make Peppermint 5 look like MacOS
« on: October 10, 2014, 05:58:31 pm »
(Hi everyone, this tutorial is 99% finished, as I still need to add screen shots and proof read it once or twice. Please let me know if I got anything wrong here.)




You will need a few things to get the job done:

  • A theme
  • A dock
  • A set of icons

Step one: Download the theme
Head over to http://xfce-look.org/content/show.php/mintymac-osx-theme-complete?content=166789 download the theme and install it.
Click the link, then look for the download button near the bottom of the page. Click it, you might be asked if you wish to save the file, select yes. Double click the downloaded file, click Install package (top left corner)

Step two: download Cairo dock
Click Menu, Software Manager. Enter your sudo password when asked and press <ENTER> Search for Cairo dock. Double click on the package. Click install. You can close Software Manager.

Step three:
Right click on the taskbar then left click on Panel settings. Click on Top (under Position). Click Center (under Alightment).
Click Close.

Step four:
Click Menu > System Tools > Cairo Dock.
Right click on the dock, then left click on Configure
Click on the Themes tab, then click on MacOS X.
Click Apply, then Close.

Step five:
Click Menu > Preferences > Customize look and feel
In the widget tab, select MintyMacOsX
In the Icon tab, select MintyMacOsX-icons
On the Mouse cursor tab, select MintyMac-cursors
Click Apple, then Close

Step six:
Click Menu > Accessories >> Terminal
Type in:
xfwm4-settings and press <ENTER>
On the style menu, select MintyMacOsX
Click and drag the _+x buttons to the left
Click close

Step seven:
Right click on Cairo dock
Select Run at startup (I forgot what this is called and where exactly on the menu it is, but I found it easily so I hope you will too).

Step eight:
Go to https://db.tt/ZgRKkxTe and download the image
Go to https://db.tt/fHQTW6WA and download the image
Go to https://db.tt/bj4NAuJR and download the image

Step 8.1:
Click Menu > File Manager
Go to your Downloads folder
Right click on one of the 3 images you downloaded
Left click on Set as Wallpaper


This should do it. Please let me know if I left anything out.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2014, 04:28:14 am by 10i »
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Re: Make Peppermint 5 look like MacOS
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2014, 02:47:17 am »
OK great. This will be cool to try out. However before I do, and as a way to make the tutorial even better, I would be great to have a section on how to uninstall and revert to standard P5 theme.

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Re: Make Peppermint 5 look like MacOS
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2014, 03:21:04 am »
Hi Henrik,

Not a bad idea you have here.

Changing back to Peppermint theme:

Move the system tray back to the bottom
Right click the system tray, then left click Panel Settings
Click on Bottom
Click Close

Changing the theme:
Click Menu > Preferences > Customise look and feel
On Widget menu select Orion Peppermint
On Icon menu select the one on top
On the Mouse menu select Black or White

Changing _+X
Click Menu > Accessories >> Terminal
Type in:
xfwm4-settings and press <ENTER>
On the style menu, select MintyMacOsX
Click and drag the _+x buttons to the right
Click close

Removing Cairo dock
Click Menu > Software Manager
Search for Cairo
Double click Cairo dock
Click Uninstall

Remove Cairo dock from auto starting:
Click Menu > File Manager
Click View > Hidden files
Right click on .config
Left click on Open as Root
enter your sudo password and press <ENTER>
Delete the Cairo file

Change your wallpaper and you should be all done
« Last Edit: October 12, 2014, 08:01:18 am by 10i »
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Re: Make Peppermint 5 look like MacOS
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2014, 03:30:45 am »
Great. Actually I díd not have patience so I went through the tutorial. It all went fine (even if I use the swedish language package and had to rethink some translations (my bad) )-  I might not stay with it however. I kind of like original P5.
So why have I asked for a Mac-lik dock it you might ask?
Well. I have a preppy son. Even if we have about 10 different computers at home (older ones and newer ones) he kind of wants a MAC. I just want to give him an idea of what linux can do...
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Re: Make Peppermint 5 look like MacOS
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2014, 04:33:14 am »
Glad it worked for you, I sell Macs and PCs. I don't know what the prices are like in Sweden, but here Macs cost what an Ultrabook costs (and more). To me, it is not worth spending more money to have a Mac.

I don't like how exclusive Mac tried to be. Thunderbolt cables, lightning cables, etc.
I am also not a fan of Windows since version 8, although at this point I need to dual boot so that I can use Corel Draw and a few other programs.

I think it is great that you want to show your children different operating systems. I have come to the conclusion that the right operating system for you is the one on which you can get your work / play done on. You need to be happy, but you should also test other operating systems and apps to see that what you are using is the best to fit your needs.

I do like the look though, and I do believe I too will go back to the normal Peppermint look at some point when I get bored of MacOS.
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Re: Make Peppermint 5 look like MacOS
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 04:32:49 pm »


what i had done to 'nod' to osx was a bit different. I felt the exact look alike themes didnt feel like osx.
I used a theme called 'simplegrey' which in my opinion reminds me of osx but has some of the bling
osx has including glossy blue scroll bars and nice glossy blue menu items. I changed the folders to faenza cuppertino
instead of the brown native ones that come with peppermint. I changed my panel a bit and my default fonts to lucida grande
added 'app finder' to the panel to make it resemble spotlight (its also very useful) changed the times to resemble the format of osx.
added cario dock and used the dock theme of 3d plane from tiger osx but used my own set of icons as its not mac and didn't want an exact copy
i made the peppermint icons blue on the menu and on the dock pac man fm is the blue peppermint icon (similar to the happy mac face on osx)
i used a blue background i found on deviantart titled 'secrets' which has a clean look but not the exact 'waves' background mac used to use.
I also used 'jelly conky' for a clean simple clock to add some flare to the background.  I also added a start up sound at login which makes each sesson
feel more 'alive' to me.  And added redshift gui in startup a very useful program if you are using the computer all day to study or work.

My window manager i kept one of the ppermint default ones except i moved the buttons to the left like osx i felt the glossy buttons didn't fit
the theme i had. I think overall my desktop nods to osx without it trying to be like it 100 percent. Coming from mac doing this makes it a lot easier
to feel around linux for me, it feels similar enough while still having its own personality.

If anyone is interested in my theme i have archived it and put it on dropbox is anyone wants to try it out.
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