Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hack The Ubuntu Netbook Remix UI

With a little bit of work you can really change the look and feel of Ubuntu Netbook Remix's user interface.
- This only took me 2 minutes. It removes almost all of UNR's user interface and lets me show off my desktop wallpaper.

- The default Ubuntu Remix User Interface

The Netbook Remix user interface files are stored in:


To edit the files
In a terminal type:
sudo nautilus
- then navigate to /usr/share/netbook-launcher

The files are saved as Scalable Vector Graphics. To edit them, I recommend Inkscape, a free and open source vector graphics editor. It is a powerful graphic editing tool that is fully compliant with the XML, SVG, and CSS standards.

To install Inkscape
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install inkscape

After editing the files, Log Out and back in for the changes to take effect.

My Inkscape skills are sub-par at best. My hack just erased the background. I would really like to see what the community comes up with. Feel free to take a screenshot (FN+Prnt Scrn) of your custom UNR interface and link to them in the comments. If you want, I can host your pictures and files and share them with everyone. Email me at redDEADresolve [at] gmail and I will put them in the article.

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Anonymous said...

where can we get that 3 wolf moon wallpaper??

redDEAD said...

It's artwork from the Capcom game Okami.

you can download it here:

david said...

How did you remove the borders etc in order to show your background more clearly? did you simply delete the associated svg files?

redDEAD said...


I didn't delete them, I back them up and then erased the svg images so that they were blank.

Mathew said...

thanks so much for this hack! i did as you suggested: installed inkscape and just erased the images. now i have a nice clear view of my wallpapers and can change the background at my leisure. your blog is a fantastic resource for us ubuntu mini9 users ^_^