Make MATE or GNOME2 Look Like Windows XP Using the Luna Theme
If you want your Linux installation to look like the original theme used in Windows XP, you can do that! This guide will walk you through the process of easily making any MATE or GNOME2 Desktop Environment look like the Windows XP GUI. The Luna Theme can be downloaded here and installed using our simple installation script. If you already have MATE installed or are already running GNOME2, skip to the Luna Theme install instructions.
Install MATE on Ubuntu:
Run the below commands for your matching Ubuntu version in a terminal to install MATE. To find out which version of Ubuntu you're running, use this command:
For Ubuntu 12.04:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y mate-desktop-environment
For Ubuntu 14.04:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install -y mate-desktop-environment-extras
For Ubuntu 16.04:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/xenial-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install -y mate-desktop-environment
For Other Distributions (Distros):
Installing the Luna Theme:
Our version of the Luna theme has been converted and ported over to GTK3, so it should work with all newer flavors of Linux running MATE while still working on older Linux installs running GNOME2.To install the Luna Theme which will make Linux look like Windows XP, run the following commands. The theme files will be downloaded and saved in your Downloads directory.
cd ~/Downloads wget -O linux_xp_luna_theme_install.tar.gz http://dinofly.com/files/linux_xp_luna_theme_install.tar.gz mkdir Luna tar -zxvf linux_xp_luna_theme_install.tar.gz -C Luna cd Luna sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/Luna rm -rf ~/.themes/Luna sudo bash install.sh
Next, Right Click on the Desktop, and choose "Change Desktop Background". Click on the "Themes" tab. Select "Luna". Click on the "Background" tab. If you want the default XP wallpaper set as your background, click on the "Add" button. Select your "Pictures" folder. Select "luna_background.jpg". Click "Open". Click on "Close" to change it.
Now, MATE or GNOME2 looks like XP! Enjoy! This theme was copied from Ylmf OS 3.0.