Great themes for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot | Updated

(Last updated : 12-12-2011 ) This is a collection of great themes for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, these themes are from Besigi project a blog of François Vogelweith,on the blog exist a collection of wonderful gnome themes for Ubuntu . The installation is easy , just add the repository and then install the theme you like or  the whole collection with one command.

Now i will show you the steps you have to follow to install the themes.

I – Add Bisigi repository

– For Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Open terminal and and add the stable repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi/ppa


II- Update and install Bisigi Themes

sudo apt-get update


Now, To install all themes use this command :

sudo apt-get install bisigi-themes

If you want to install the themes one by one ,then you will have to type the command correspondent to the theme you want to install (first follow the steps above to add the repositories) :

1-Showtime for Gnome :

sudo apt-get install showtime-theme 

2- Balanzan

sudo apt-get install balanzan-theme 


sudo apt-get install infinity-theme 

3-Wild shine

 sudo apt-get install wild-shine-theme 


sudo apt-get install exotic-theme

5- Tropical

sudo apt-get install tropical-theme 

6-Bamboo Zen

sudo apt-get install bamboo-zen-theme

7- Ubuntu sunrise

 sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sunrise-theme 

8- Aqua Dreams

sudo apt-get install aquadreams-theme 

To remove thethemes you have to use the command :

sudo apt-get remove theme-name 

9- Orange

Orange is A New theme from Bisigi blog,This theme is lightweigh one with just 2 Mo, and it is based on a beautifull wallpaper the umar123.

sudo apt-get install orange-theme 

10- Ellanna

Ellana , is the latest theme that bring us the famous Bisigi project. This theme is a little bit special. First of all, it’s the first theme drawn for women. And it’s the first theme, which is a special command too.

sudo apt-get install ellanna-theme

11- Airlines :

This is the first theme based on a walltime (wallpaper that change during the day).

It includes:

– 1 wallpaper
– 1 GTK theme
– 1 Metacity theme
– 1 icons pack

Install Airlines :

sudo aptitude install airlines-theme


This theme has been designed to be used in dark rooms. The various components are darker than is other bisigi themes! It includes

  • 1 Wallpaper: created by Leo L.
  • 2 Gtk theme (only one packaged in the repository)
  • 2 Metacity theme (only one package in the repository)
  • 1 Metacity theme
  • 1 Icons pack

13- Split:

Split is both sophisticated and delicate. A new at Bisigi, the theme combines monochromatic schemes with grey’s contrast. Icons are modern and classic. The wallpaper follows the “natural” tendency and harmonically compliments the theme.

It includes:

  • 1 Wallpaper
  • 1 Gtk theme
  • 1 Metacity theme
  • 1 Metacity theme
  • 1 Icons pack


Install Split:

sudo apt-get install split -theme



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  • ratza

    tks these are cool themes :D

  • Fred

    Alas all the theme’s can’t be found.

  • Fred

    Got it working thanks

  • Fred

    Got it working thanks

  • zinovsky

    Yes are working, did you add the repository to source.list before to try to install ? :wink:

  • ed

    Sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    should be:

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    capitalization matters in linux
    Thanks, corrected

  • BlearyEyed

    I’m so sick of these dark, shades of black, themes that are imphuckinpossible to read. Phuk all you douchephuckinbags for creating such horridphuckinsh1t. DieMotherphuckerzDie.

  • delusr

    Sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    should be:

    sudo gedit

    capitalization matters in linux
    Thanks, corrected

    Now for some real advise.

    If you know that caps count in linux then you should also know that its

    gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list or
    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list and not sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    gksu and gksudo are for opening UI applications while su or sudo are for opening no graphical items.

    Stop being sheep, stop with the Chinese whispers, find things out for your self.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list works just fine from terminal… maybe you should “find things out for your self” :)

  • Anonymous

    sudo can cause unexpected and destructive results when running some graphical programs. gksudo does not. It is therefore good practice to use gksudo for graphical apps and sudo for terminal commands.

    Editing a file with gedit, should not have problems with sudo :)

  • Fergie


  • Anonymous

    Now for some REAL advice.

    If you know the difference between gksudo and sudo, then you should also know that it’s

    sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list


  • Vadim

    –> So you can just click to install after adding the repository.

  • Kholid Fuadi

    Thanks for share, this is truly a great and easy way to install themes in Ubuntu.

  • Brett Alton

    These are some absolutely fantastic themes and wallpapers. I mean, the wallpapers are worth it alone!


    But if it’s going to be all terminal work, you might as well supply a one line installer.

    Try this:

    echo ‘deb jaunty main’ | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/launchpad.list ; sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 0x1781bd45c4c3275a34bb6aec6e871c4a881574de ; sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install showtime-theme balanzan-theme infinity-theme wild-shine-theme exotic-theme tropical-theme bamboo-zen-theme ubuntu-sunrise-theme aquadreams-theme

  • zinovsky

    Thank you, is a usefull command to install all at once

  • Brett Alton

    The website – err !JoomlaComment – has made my script wrap, so you’ll have to do some whitespace editing before running. If the author could fix that up it’d be much appreciated :)

  • BobCFC

    He speaks the truth

    If something goes wrong with sudo in the GUI it could potentially leave you with a broken system, I think because your home files could get owned by root.

    gksu or gksudo for gnome

    su or sudo for terminal

    In practice it has never happened to me and I usually use sudo by mistake with no problems, but for a written tutorial it should be proper.

  • Vaibhav

    it works fine on Karmic, just saying , can you provide the ppa for karmic, or approach the guy to enable karmic also

  • nice

    For most of the GUI/themes/icons/.. i usually go to Please do post these themes at Quite sure you will surely see some traffic boost and admirers.

  • Iura

    I keep receiving this message:

    gpg: requesting key 881574DE from hkp server
    gpgkeys: key 1781BD45C4C3275A34BB6AEC6E871C4A881574DE not found on keyserver
    gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
    gpg: Total number processed: 0

    after I try to add the repository verification key.

  • Nikesh

    Oh boy, that’s a huge and kool collection

  • pro003

    Great themes! I’m glad I found them. Easy installable and great looking.
    Ubuntu still rules.

  • zinovsky

    The key server seems down, there is nothing todo just wait untill will back

  • Tullawat

    ขอบคุนมากมากมาก นะครับ

  • Joe

    if you want to get away from the nasty ugly brown just uninstall the dorky ubuntu garbage and install something nice like Mandriva or some other real linux distro. Then you would have a winner all around.

  • aha

    :D :D :D

  • ubuntulover

    super cool themes! i have been fed up with d default theme! this made ma day!
    Thanx a lot! :)

  • Chris Moore

    I have been using these themes now for over two months and love them! To install all of rançois Vogelweith’s themes you can install the meta-package:

    sudo apt-get install zgegblog-themes

    This will install all of the available themes!


  • Chris Moore

    I hate to feed trolls, but I’ll bite this time ;)


    Okay now that I have gotten that outa my system I’ll go get some coffee :)

  • Chris Moore

    Just a slight adjustment to make this a little easier:

    echo ‘deb jaunty main’ | sudo tee -a
    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/launchpad.list ; sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys
    –keyserver 0x1781bd45c4c3275a34bb6aec6e871c4a881574de ;
    sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install zgegblog-themes




  • Chris87

    i did
    sudo apt-get install zgegblog-themes

    and some themes are in my appearance preferences but not all of them only like 6 new ones.

    where are the rest of them located ?

  • zinovsky

    All the themes has to be located at the same place, and normally has to appear in the theme manager ,Try to install one by one is better and see :)

  • James Barber

    Just wanted to say this was great
    the best direction on loading up themes

  • Douglas Green

    Awesome themes guys THANKS

  • Eljo Anthony NJ

    Nice Collection!

    Thanx for sharing

  • saef

    :D Great simply great

  • bishop

    thanks for sharing this! :D

  • Gavin

    I cant get it to work for some reason and its really making me mad can somebody plzzzz help me???

  • zinovsky

    Strange, try again, i changed the verification key
    hope that will work for you this time

  • zinovsky

    Try again , i changed the verification key.
    Hope will work for you this time.

  • pranav

    When both ubuntu and fedora use gnome, why are the themes listed above not found for fedora distros??
    is there a way to get these themes to run on fedora? :roll:

  • krishnapavan

    Couldn’t find package exotic-theme

  • shailendra

    it is saying that
    key 881574DE not found on keyserver
    what to do…..

  • zinovsky

    i did check it several times was not working, i think the server was down, but now i checked and is working so just try again :)

  • wei

    :shock: :shock: very cool ,nice ,thank you for supplying

  • Anonymous

    Just use vi

  • Ian MacGregor

    sudo is for cli apps, gksudo is for GUI apps. Here’s an explanation:

  • Raphal

    On koala you can do “sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi”
    and save yourself from the hassle of editing sources.lst and adding the gpg keys.

  • Sourav Mohanty

    This toooooooo cooooooooool

  • Anonymous

    I downloaded the exotic theme and I can not figure out how to change the login screen to the screen shown on the above screen shots. Anyone have any ideas? Obviously a newb with Ubuntu…please point me in the right direction.

  • http://poohja Anonymous

    :D Thank you :D ขอบคุณครับ

  • Anonymous

    hello sir.
    what is this i cant get the themes i want

    W: GPG error: karmic Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 1392A97E41317877


    mel buendia

  • Jim

    I too cant seem to be able to config the login screen

  • nevex

    hi every one, the themes are cool, (sorry my bad english) but i can use! i install on the terminal, but the themes dont appear at the theme menu, i kwon were you change for the availables

    can some one help me!

  • nevex

    hi every one, the themes are cool, (sorry my bad english) but i can use! i install on the terminal, but the themes dont appear at the theme menu, i kwon were you change for the availables

    can some one help me!

  • ntcleric

    Loving this! Thank you so much :D
    zinovsky ROCKS!!


    Thank you Microsoft, for pushing Vista, it was the last straw that drew me to Linux and I’ll never look back.
    .oO(wishing I’d moved over sooner, oh well :)

  • cristi

    Thanks man theese are great themes thanks a lot

  • zinovsky

    You`re welcome :)


    these are realy great themes…
    now m badly addicted to linux ubuntu..
    thanx alot…….. :D :lol:

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    terima kasih

  • sowmya

    Beautiful themes. Loved them all

  • radical

    jajaja esto es lo que andava buscando gracias y quisiera aprender massobre linux y sus distribuciones gracias a todos los que hacen posible todo esto

  • radical

    hery gracias por hacer posble todoo esto y kisiera aprender mas sobre GNU-Linux y sus distribuciones gracias t a todos por hacer posible todo esto y lograremos conquistar el mundo poco a poco dejaremos a un lado a windows jajajajajajajaja

  • ale-boba

    u hu :P

  • Northen Mike

    Your work should be part of the Release its amazing. I help a lot people with their systems and this is the first change I make right after I update.

    Thank you

  • Nathan Muirhead

    Utter Brilliance! A great package you have designed and put together. My hat goes off to you! Thank you!

  • Steven M

    when i try to add the repository i get the following:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi/ppa
    Executing: gpg –ignore-time-conflict –no-options –no-default-keyring –secret-keyring /etc/apt/secring.gpg –trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg –keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg –primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg –keyserver –recv 1781BD45C4C3275A34BB6AEC6E871C4A881574DE
    gpg: requesting key 881574DE from hkp server
    gpgkeys: HTTP fetch error 7: couldn’t connect to host
    gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
    gpg: Total number processed: 0

    Any ideas?

    P.S. The themes are great!

  • Zinovsky

    I think that the server is busy that`s why you got this message error
    I just tested again the ppa and is working, please just keep trying until it works :

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi/ppa

  • Andy

    Hi !

    I succesfully downloaded theme (infinity) and now I want my system to use this theme, I just don’t know how to do that. I tried several applications, but none of them is aware of this theme (appearance just shows background)…

    Take care,

  • Tom

    Hey, I installed some of the themes here, but when I clicked on them, they didn’t look like the screenshots!

    Some of themes I installed had an Apple OS style icon bar at the bottom of the screen, but I can’t see it.

    Know how to get that part working?


  • Sam

    This is a great resource. Thank you very much! :D

  • Ted
  • Ted
  • Belo

    “kiki@kiki-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install bisigi-themes
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package bisigi-themes”
    Not working anymore?

  • Belo

    I got it!
    I wrote in terminal sudo apt get update and it WORK after that:D :)) :lol:

  • Crofty80

    Finally rejected Windows and have had Ubuntu Lucid for about 3 days now, “AWESOME” why did i not convert sooner javascript:JOSC_emoticon(“:oops:”), anyway i found this website followed the instructions and now i have an amazing looking OS.. Many thanks :)

  • Ty Ty Ty

    100% working. I love that themes. TY TY TY :twisted:

  • nitin singh

    i have a problem .
    i downloaded the entire package at once but when it was getting installed , only showtime theme got installed others did nt what to do???

    plz help.

  • Zinovsky


    Did you type the right command ?
    [quote]sudo apt-get install bisigi-themes[/quote]

  • Nitin Singh

    thanks for caring, i was able to install the themes individually,later.

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  • Anonymous

    how do i download the themes??

  • nooby

    where should the files be located

  • Robin Carmack

    I am getting the 404 error message after adding the repo in Oneiric

  • Andrew Polidori


  • Saqib Ahmed

    “Unable to locate Bisigi respiratory” Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AliusPanfilovas

    This article is misleading as there is no repo for oneiric. Anyone that uses Oneiric should go in to ‘software sources’ and change on
    ‘’ from oneiric to natty.

  • Alinn


  • Chono

    Non of them are work…