Ever since I’ve read this blog post about customizing FreeBSD, I loved the Shiki Colors appearance. Tried replicating the looks on Xfce, but wasn’t very successful, due to the fact that you’ll need to replace xfwm with metacity, and that will bring a lot of unwanted dependencies on your system. So we won’t go on that road.
Fortunately, the guys from Debian made a package called shiki-colors-xfwm-theme and this can help us a bit. It’s not the real deal, but it improves the looks of Xfce.
So first, we need to download the Debian package. For this, just a mirror from this site and you will get a .deb package. Now, we want to extract the files from this .deb archive, and we can do this by typing:
ar vx shiki-colors-xfwm-theme_4.6-1_all.deb
This command outputs three files: debian-binary and two more archives: control.tar.gz and data.tar.gz. We are only interested in the latest one (you can discard the rest), so let’s go and deflate that:
tar -xzvf data.tar.gz
You will get an usr folder that contains a bunch of other folders that you have to navigate trough and finally you’ll reach the ones we need: Shiki-Colors-Easy-Metacity and Shiki-Colors-Metacity. Just copy these two folders under /usr/local/share/themes. You will see here other folders with themes, so make sure you are in the right place by recognizing a few. To test them, run:
and search the two news themes under Style tab. You’ll find them among others xfwm4 themes that you may like. Now remember, this is the theme only for the xfwm, tuning your desktop appearance can be done also from Settings menu, Appearance. I settled for Rezlooks-Sydney. You can get this one by installing the following:
pkg_add -vi gtk2-rezlooks-engine
In the end, it all looks like this. And I like it.