For people coming from Linux Mint, or who think that the stock MATE stuff sucks, or who knows of a Mint user and would rather sneakily make the use Ubuntu for some reason, then perform the following and you'll have most of what you need to make Ubuntu Mate look and feel like Linux Mint:
- Download packages
libreoffice-style-mint from packages.linuxmint.org (preferably for a version matching or similar to your Ubuntu version which Linux Mint uses)
Do not install these packages; things could break, and the packages aren't being installed from their host repository anyway, so while you can install the theme packages with
libreoffice-style-mint conflicts with
libreoffice-style-mint, which will be resolved later, and it's just as easy to manually add the theme files.
- Run one of the archive tools available to you as superuser (example:
gksu engrampa) to open
mint-x-icons as root.
- Extract the
usr directory to the root of your file system, so all included content ends up in
Everything past this point is all about installing the Linux Mint version of the Human theme for
usr from libreoffice-style-mint as non-superuser somewhere in your system (hereon as
caja as normal user and navigate to
./usr/share/libreoffice/share/config to rename
images_human.zip; I renamed it to images_mint.zip for my purposes.
- Navigate to
./usr/lib/libreoffice/share/config and delete the broken symbolic link to
- Open as superuser
caja and navigate to
- Only for consistency with the other pre-installed themes; Open terminal. If you used the proposed name for Mint's libreoffice theme earlier, do the following;
sudo ln -s /usr/share/libreoffice/share/config/images_mint.zip /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/config/images_mint.zip
Once all of that is done, then open
mate-appearance-properties; If you extracted
mint-x-icons properly, you will see all the Mint-X themes from Linux Mint available to you.
libreoffice and go into Tools > Options; navigate to View settings and change the theme. This is where how you named it matters, as all icon packs for libreoffice are named based on the archive they are held in, past the underscore. So if you named it images_mint as the above suggested, you'll see in the right dropdown for Icon size and style as "Mint". If you named the pack images_asdf, you'll see it as Asdf, and so on.
mate-tweak and under the Interface section, set panel layout as Redmond, and select Enable advanced menu. This is rather similar to Linux Mint's default, and after you append onto it as you wish, you can save it as a custom layout, should you tinker around with it later and decide future revisions aren't what you'd like to use.
Some things will not change unless you sign out, then sign back in. Afterward, the rest of the changes are entirely up to you. If you'd like, you could install MDM and use that in lieu of LightDM (why would you?), which you could then download and install (probably by hand, like the mint themes) the MDM themes, and if you're looking to use
compiz, there are select themes that only go with Mint-X, such as the Ordinary Glass set of themes from gnome-look.org.