Mac4Lin - New releases, discussions, comments etc.

Mac4Lin is back!

This is the version 1.0 Release Candidate. Some components are still under development. Currently the shell script is not able to set the GDM theme, cursor theme, sounds, emerald theme. They need to be manually set.

Also components like Firefox3, Thunderbird theme, awn theme/plugins etc. are still under development. The Mozilla themes may not be stable. Hence use the non-core components of Mac4Lin at your own risk. Documentation is still in the pipeline. I decided to release the RC anyway so that patrons can start using it and update to the stable version when development is complete.

Whats new: Mac4Lin v1.0 RC - 9th September, 2008

New! Automated Installer in the form of a shell script
New GDM theme
Supports the newest version of GNOME and Xfce
New Mozilla themes specifically built for Mac4Lin
Adium style AWN status icons for Pidgin
Mac style scrollbars, menus
Other tweaks in GTK theme
Adium sounds for Pidgin
New usplash

Keeping up the tradition I’m including the download stats. alone has served about 10.4TB as on today! I’m also happy to announce that Mac4Lin was one of the winners of FOSS Awards 2008.


Download the Mac4Lin_v1.0_RC.tar.gz archive to any folder. Extract the archive and run file.

For any suggestions/comments/complaints/feedback/bug tracking please drop by my blog or send a mail:

My Blog: Phoenix
My E-Mail id: infra_red_dude<A.T>users<D.O.T>sourceforge<D.O.T>net
Project Website: Mac4Lin

PS: The old thread here: Mac4lin - Mac Transformation Pack For Gnome - openSUSE Forums
was moved to the archive section. Hence the new thread.

The main Mac4Lin has been updated with new themes. These themes fix the “Engine Error” in the newest version of GNOME. The pack includes an updated installation script which does not attempt to set the GDM theme autmatically. Also, a user contributed Mac4Lin uninstall script is now included in the pack.

I’m happy to inform you all that Mac4Lin now uses the SVN version control system. The latest version Mac4Lin v1.0 RC2 is available there. Users may checkout to download the bleeding edge version.

The required info is provided here:

Subversion Server:

Path to Repository: /svnroot/mac4lin

Access instructions:

To access a Subversion repository, configure your Subversion client as follows:

For clients that use a URL string:

Mac4Lin v1.0RC2 has not been released and hence is not available on the Downloads page. It can only be obtained through SVN. Comments, suggestions, complaints are welcome as always

A lot of people have been asking me how to use subversion. I’ve blogged about using subversion so that more people can pull down the Mac4Lin v1.0 RC2 file and here. Head here: Phoenix: Howto: Use Subversion (and install Mac4Lin v1.0 RC2)

Hope thats helpful :slight_smile:

Mac4Lin SVN was down for sometime. I’ve restructured the whole package and updated some files. Kindly sync your copy again :slight_smile:

Do you use Mac4Lin? Do you like the Project? You can show your appreciation for the project by nominating it for the Community Awards 2009. Just click the nominate link below. Select an appropriate category (e.g Best Visual Design etc.), leave any comments if you wish and Submit the nomination.

Nominate Mac4Lin!](

Just takes one click ! :slight_smile:

I thank everybody for their continued appreciation and suggestions. Your feedback is very important for the project development.

Man i loved the old mac4lin when i used gnome. Is it possible to get it in KDE 4.2?

Currently its still for GTK based DEs (GNOME, Xfce). Since I’m not a KDE user and haf very limited KDE theming knowledge I’d an open invitation to help me port Mac4Lin to KDE. But sadly till today nobody ever replied :frowning:

I would like to try and be able to port it to KDE. Please tell me what i need to do. I really like the theme in GNOME

Thank you :slight_smile:

You will need to know the KDE theming architecture. You may wanna read the docs and understand all about the UI components.

I am happy to release Mac4Lin ver.1.0. I know it was long due. Was held up with my graduate school and work. Version 1.0 finally sees light!


  • Fully supports GNOME 2.26 and backwards compatible
  • Improved support for GlobalMenu, support integrated in the default GTK theme
  • Better native Xfce support
  • Icon additions
  • Statusbar is now fixed
  • New progress bars
  • New tabs
  • Improved installation and uninstallation scripts
  • Integrates well with Globus
  • Finer UI refinements
  • Metacity theme now supports different button sizes
  • Firefox 3 themes are now updated
  • Songbird plugins included
  • Pidgin AWN 64bit plugin now included
  • Fonts are now consolidated
  • Transparent top panel
  • GDM theme is now in-line with Mac OS X login window
  • Cairo dock is the default recommended dock


  • Usplash is still buggy
  • Thunderbird theme is still buggy
  • GDM theme is not automatically set by the script


  1. Mac4Lin Desktop, NOTE:Apple logo is NOT bundled with Mac4Lin](

  2. Mac4Lin Login Window](

  3. Mac4Lin with Nautilus File Manager](

  4. Mac4Lin on Xfce!](

It is available for download at Mac4Lin Download page with immediate effect. Grab your copy now! As always, your feedback is very important. Do leave them at forums or my mailbox.

I am eagerly waiting for the Community Awards 2009.

I’m very happy to announce that Mac4Lin has been declared as one of the finalists at Community Awards 2009 in the Best Visual Design category. The final phase of voting began today and will run till July 20th 2009. Please vote for Mac4Lin, if you feel it deserves to be voted. To vote click on this image:](

Optionally, you can also click on the first box in the right frame on my blog. You do not need to login id. All you need is a valid email id. Each vote is associated with an email id, which needs confirmation that you actually voted (you will get an email giving a confirmation link, so all you need to do is click it). The whole voting process takes just 3 clicks.

I urge patrons to vote for Mac4Lin if they feel it should win. Mac4Lin is completing with projects like Xbox Media Center (XBMC) etc. I once again thank everyone for their continued support, feedback and appreciation. Mac4Lin exists today because of you all :slight_smile: Do spread the word around about this.

I like it, but I can`t install it… Can you help me?:frowning:

Why can’t you install it? Is there any error you are seeing?

when I try to install it, I have a massage that: it looks as if “mac4lin_install_1.0” is not right theme

You need to extract Mac4Lin_v1.0.tar.gz file and then run the installation script to install. You cannot directly install Mac4Lin tar file. You may wish to read the documentation first.

I`m sory, but I done it already and gave the same massage… :frowning:

You are not installing the pack in the correct way. Did you download Mac4Lin PDF Documentation and follow the instructions given there?

hi! It`s me again. =)
Then I run script ./, the installation is begin, but, i again give an error, that no so files or directoryes.

     Welcome to Mac4Lin Installer     

 This installer will install most of  
 Mac4Lin components and enable the UI 

    Note: Xfce users will need to     
      manually enable the UI          

Installing Mac4Lin UI...
tar: /root/.themes: impossibly chdir: no so file or directory
tar: incorrigible error: work end 
tar: /root/.themes: impossibly chdir: no so file or directory
tar: incorrigible error: work end 
tar: incorrigible error: work end 
tar: /root/.themes: impossibly chdir: no so file or directory
tar: incorrigible error: work end 

Installing Mac4Lin Icons...
tar: /root/.icons: impossibly chdir: no so file or directory
tar: incorrigible error: work end 

Installing Mac4Lin Cursors...
tar: /root/.icons: impossibly chdir: no so file or directory
tar: incorrigible error: work end
Done! Please enable the cursor theme from Appearances.
Alternatively, you can select the Mac4Lin Aqua/Graphite Meta package to enable everything with one click

Installing Mac4Lin Emerald Window Borders...
./ line 56: : admit `]'

Please, help me? What I should be done?


I assume you must install this using your normal user account privileges, eg do not log in on console as root but just run the installer as normal user