Install Aurora in Ubuntu

If you've been browsing through the themes available for Ubuntu, you'll have noticed that quite a few of the better ones require a theme engine called Aurora.

This tutorial will take you through the process of compiling and installing Aurora on Ubuntu so you can use these themes.

Firstly, open a Terminal window and make sure you've got root permissions:

$ sudo bash

Then lets install some prerequisites:

$ apt-get install build-essential auto-apt checkinstall libgtk2.0-dev

Create a source folder in which to compile Aurora.

$ mkdir /src$ cd /src

Now lets download and extract Aurora 1.5:

$ wget $ tar -xvf 56438-aurora-1.5.1.tar.bz2

If this doesn't work (probably due to a new release), get the latest file from here.

Extract the Aurora engine:

$ tar -xvf aurora-gtk-engine-1.5.tar.gz

Now change into the Aurora folder and compile:

$ cd aurora-1.5/$ ./configure --prefix=/usr -enable-animation; make; make install

To install the Aurora theme, open the Aurora.tar.bz2 file in the /src folder with the Appearance manager.


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