Change themes in linux the easy way with Epidermis

Epidermis theme manager is an open source GTK application for managing, automatically downloading and installing themes of various types. The latest version 0.4 of Epidermis was released 01 november 2009 , the new version support also changing the Xsplash themes, so changing the look of your boot-up screen is now as simple as changing your wallpaper.

The Epidermis skin handles the following themes,Wallpapers, Metacity window border themes, GTK widget themes ,Icon sets ,GNOME splash images, Mouse cursor themes, Grub bootsplash screen,Usplash bootsplash screen,GDM login screen

Changelog of version 0.4 :

  • Added support for Xsplash themes.
  • Removed support for Usplash themes.
  • Skin previews are displayed.
  • Added autogenerate button for Epidermis Creator so that previews of pigments can be automatically created.
  • Help message is displayed if no skins are installed.
  • License updated to GPLv3.

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  • ken

    Tried to paste the error message but I can’t. Says I don’t have a grub 2 folder.
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/epidermis/”, line 39, ()
    # but it throws off pychecker
    import const
    variables: {‘const’: (None, None)}
    File “/usr/share/pyshared/epidermis/”, line 55, ()
    # is grub2 installed, if yes, don’t use themes
    __ff = open(“/boot/grub/installed-version”,”r”)
    __line = __ff.readlines()[0].strip()
    variables: {‘__ff’: (None, None), ‘open’: (‘builtin’, )}
    IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/boot/grub/installed-version’

    debuginfo.debuginfo error, traceback:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/pyshared/epidermis/”, line 176, in _info
    import debuginfo
    File “/usr/share/pyshared/epidermis/”, line 6, in
    import const
    File “/usr/share/pyshared/epidermis/”, line 55, in
    __ff = open(“/boot/grub/installed-version”,”r”)
    IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/boot/grub/installed-version’

    –End of debuginfo traceback.
    Help me figure this out.

  • zinovsky

    I had the same error when i tried to install the 0.4 version, there is a bug in the new version of Epedermis, the bug has been reported, you can try to install the older version 0.3.1 , this version is working fine :)

  • kap4lin

    It is nice to use such catchy titles but you may want to tone things down a bit. There is a world (part of Linux) outside Gnome/Gtk, known as “KDE” !!

  • Emil Beli

    Ubuntu is not linux. Gnome is not linux.
    Do not make those equal, as they are not.

    I, personally, think that Ubuntu is generaly nice distro, but far away from the top.

    Gnome is ugly, always was.

  • bruno

    Gnome’s not ugly, it’s extremely unpolished out of the box. And it gets even worst when running on top of the horrible brown-ubuntu-theme. Nothing that a good theme cannot fix.

    That’s why themes are much more important on gnome-world than kde-world. At least for me =]

  • zinovsky

    The bug has been fixed for jaunty, you can install now the version 0.4 :)

  • Matt
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