Make your Solaris desktop look like a Mac

As a longtime Mac user (and someone who is 100% Microsoft free at home and work) it's important to me to be able to have a common user interface as I move from home to work.  When Sun first introduced Gnome in Solaris this caused a problem because the look and feel was too much like windows for my taste and after years of MacOS and CDE usage it was really annoying to close a window in the upper right corner instead of upper left where God and Steve Jobs  intended the close box to be.

I use this setup on my Solaris 10 based Sun Ray ultra-thin client at the office as well as my Acer Ferrari 3400 laptop.

Thanks to some Gnome theme hackers, I can now have a MacOS look and feel with window widgets where they belong.  Get the theme and icons at: http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=13548

Don't forget the most important step:

  • start gconf by typing: gconf-editor and hitting enter.
  • This program is a bit like the registry editor for windows.
  • In the tree on the left you need to go to /apps/metacity/general/
  • There is then a key in the right pane called "button_layout"
  • edit this key so that it reads:
  • close,minimize,maximize

Why should you care?

If you are a MacOS and Solaris user, this will maximize your productivity by providing a more familiar user interaction.  I also enjoy the confused looks I get when I open up my hot, red Ferrari laptop, boot Solaris and login to a Mac like desktop. 


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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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