June 27, 2017

Gmac is a Ubuntu Gnome + OSX Theme Distro

I did a search recently of the best Apple-like linux distro's available and Gmac was something I never knew about. It is fairly new. It has its roots in the older Pear Linux, which was customized in France to be an Ubuntu OSX themed distro. I understand the code was bought by another company and the latest effort is Gmac. It is basically a skinned Ubuntu Gnome 16.04. That is great news because the linux kernel runs fast and smooth. It already includes Firefox, LibreOffice, Rhythmbox music player, Synaptic package manager, the Plank dock, and the Ubuntu Software Store. I am enjoying this new distro. I like Gmac much better than Elementary Linux because it has many of the standard Ubuntu features and comes with better LibreOffice office suite, Rhythmbox music player, and Brasero disc burner applications. It also comes with many high quality wallpapers. If you want the title bar icons to be on the right, log in using the Gnome Classic option. Below are my screen shots and a link where you can get it. If you want an Ubuntu based distro with the look and feel of OSX, out of the box without any work, Gmac is your answer ! Enjoy....

I installed the Nemo File Manager (below)

You can get the Gmac distro here:


Bonus Tip: You can remove the Ubuntu Gnome bottom toolbar with this tweak:

It is the Window List plugin the same one used in Gnome Shell standard session which comes within gnome-shell-extensions package. It's full name:

Installed in: /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

What it seems happening is .. the Gnome Classic session use it as a required plugin. So it does ignore disabling it. (Using gnome-tweak-tool)

To get rid of it, move it somewhere else or delete it
sudo rm -r /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/window-list@gnome-shell-extensions.gcampax.github.com

To re-enable it, copy it back or reinstall gnome-shell-extensions.
sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-shell-extensions