United GNOME – A Unity 8-Inspired Theme for the GNOME Shell

United GNOME – A Unity 8-Inspired Theme
Written by Martins D. Okoi

When United GNOME theme first came out I didn’t write about it because in as much as it was inspired by a concept of Ubuntu 18.04’s now-scrapped Unity 8 desktop, it was more buggy than I could stand.

Thanks to a recent update, the theme has come to see many changes and UI tweaks which overall make it better than at its initial release. Now, I can tell you about it.

United GNOME is a GTK3 theme inspired by a Unity 8 design concept of Ubuntu 18.04 and the material design-inspired Flat-Plat theme.

Features in United GNOME

  • 3 GNOME shell color schemes: transparent dark, opaque dark and opaque light.
  • 3 GTK3 color schemes: light, dark and light with a dark title-bar similar to Unity 8.
  • Support for Dash to Dock modified to give a Unity 7/8 launcher look.

United GNOME Previews

United Gnome Light Theme

United Gnome Light Theme

United Gnome Dark Theme

United Gnome Dark Theme

United Gnome Light with Dark Titlebar

United Gnome Light with Dark Titlebar

The theme was created by godlyranchdressings and is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License 3 or later.

Install United GNOME in Linux

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United GNOME has no nifty means for installation yet which is disappointing, but as Linux users we are used to handling workarounds like this.

Download United GNOME

  • Extract the downloaded archive and move the ‘United’ folders to ~/.themes
  • Apply the variant of your choice using GNOME Tweak Tool
  • [Optional] – If you have the User Themes extension installed you can apply both the United GNOME GTK theme and the United GNOME theme for GNOME Shell.
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What do you think about United GNOME theme? Is it sleek enough to make it to the list of your top 10 favorite themes for Linux? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • Ahmed AL-Jaber

    linux community should stop making theme and DE but more focus in making apps instead

    • I get where you’re coming from.
      But many Linux users enjoy customizing their workstations, what happens to their wishes?

    • muzikjock

      linux means freedom. if there is a demand for DE’s and people want it, they should be able to have it. i have to confess, this unity 8 replication isn’t for me…but someone might want it…and if someone is willing to develop and support it, why not?

      • Banjo

        I wasn’t thinking I was going to customize my desktop environment. But since I upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 to 17.10. I found annoying to have all the windows button to the top right. It seems I need to move the mouse so far from where it is most of he time (the left half of the screen). Some application (like the “Files” files explorer) have their cancel/select button one to the left an done to the right of the window. Having button to the right was ok on 4:3 screen, on 16:9 it is like a mouse marathon.

        • Martins Divine Okoi

          I can only imagine.
          I’ve never had to NOT customize my Linux distro. Apart from the fact that I’ve never liked the default UI/UX any of the distros I’ve tested ship with, I like to spice things up a bit while remaining within the confines of minimalism.

    • these are completely different things made by different types of people. Themes are typically not made by App Developers but rather people akin to making themes. If the people who made these themes were to stop it would change nothing in terms of apps being developed because they likely aren’t app developers.