Saturday, January 31, 2009

Make Wine Beautiful In Ubuntu!

Wine is UGLY! Here is how you can make it beautiful.
For those of you who don't know what is Wine, here is a short introduction:
Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.  
In short use Wine to run Windows software on Linux.
Wine is amazing. Many top notch softwares like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and various Windows games run on Linux thanks to Wine. That too with out any slow downs associated with emulators. However there is one big drawback  of using Wine. The windows applications look as ugly as Maggie Gyllenhaal. (Wish Katie Holmes had been there in Dark Knight!)
Thankfully the Wine developers have kept a wonderful feature by which you can use Windows themes to decorate Wine! So without any hacking you can get beautiful Windows applications on your beautiful Ubuntu desktop.
Here is Foxit running under Ubuntu thanks to Wine. Looks as ugly as Windows 95!
Now install SegoeUI on Ubuntu, in my opinion SegoeUI is 'the' best font out there currently. You can install SegoeUI by following these tips: Install Vista Fonts in Ubuntu
 Download the Royal Theme from Softpedia it comes with 3 inbuilt themes: Royal, Royal Noir and Royale Zune.
Install RAR support  in Ubuntu and extract the file. Install the extracted Royal Remixed.msi file as you'd install any other Windows application.
Now go to Applications >Wine >Configure Wine
In there  select the Desktop Integeration tab. Select the theme 'Royale Remixed' from the drop down box.
Now look for another drop down box called 'Item'. In there search for these items and change the font to SegoeUI.
Active Title Text
Menu Text
Message Box Text
ToolTip Text
Here is Foxit after making all these changes.

4 comments:

  1. For a Linux helper guy you sure do love your Windows Applications.

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  2. How can one configure any flavor of Linux in windows ?

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  3. @Swapan:
    Can you please explain your question?

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  4. You are insane if you think Maggie Gyllenhaal is ugly compared to that disgusting scientology experiment.

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