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Enable transparent panels,wobbly windows in gnome 3.xx

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Enable transparent panels,wobbly windows in gnome 3.xx

Postby pam » Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:48 am

There are 2 methods to make the gnome-panel transparent...
To enable transparent panel in gnome-shell(gnome 3.2/3.4/3.6/not-tested 3.8+)..

1> edit gnome-shell.css and add these lines:
Code: Select all
#panel {
color: #ffffff;
/*background-color: black;*/
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.6);
/*border-image: url("panel-border.svg") 1;*/

lowering the values from 0.6 to 0.1 increases transparency of your upper panel.
If you want to make your own panel color or variation, take a look here: ... -make.html

The lower panel is a notification bar. You can instead move the notifications to the top panel with this extension: ... con-fixer/

2>The second method of making panels transparent is installing the activities configurator extension for gnome-shell: ... figurator/
The extension is a graphical utility for real-time panel tranparency along with color and other values..

NOw for making windows transparent you can install an extension for it too!... ... t-windows/
Check your gnome-shell.css to see what is going on when you enable the extension so the next time you know exactly what is happening
OR use opacify:


Here are wobbly windows: ... y-windows/

Gnome extensions are an automated method for installing extensions and various utilities and desktop bling to gnome-shell.

NOTE: Gnome has become extremely fragmented. Gnome 3.2--3.8 primarily refers to gnome-shell+gtk3 and NOT gnome-classic. Again mate is something else. Gnome-classic/mate/compton are dying standards. Gnome-shell is the way ahead. Gnome-shell will formally be inducted into upcoming versions of RHEL and SLED. Debian devs too are not looking back.
I my-self am a gnome-shell and kde4 addict.

Another major mention would be the graphics drivers for your GPU. Open source gallium has come a long way and from kernel 3.12 you will see major radeon features that were present in only the proprietary drivers-- although both are FREE to use.

Gnome-3/gnome-shell/mutter -- depend on opengl compositing which is handled by gpu drivers. Any failure for transparency for windows and panels indicates gallium is not upto the task. You will HAVE to install the proprietary drivers in that case.

If you want a Macintosh Look for gnome-shell, here's a how-to: ... e-3-shell/

Here is gnome-shell cheat sheet:
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Download Ultimate Edition from sourceforge:- ... rce=navbar
Download Oz Unity 3.0 from sourceforge:-
Download Ultimate Edition torrents from linuxtracker:- ... 0&active=1
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