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Minty Freshness: New LMDE Theme Based On Orta, Created By SkiesOfAzel

It appears that SkiesOfAzel, the Orta theme developer was contacted by a LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) developer to create a similar theme for LMDE and the initial result can already be tested (not just on LMDE - you can use it on any Linux distribution obviously). If you thought Orta is amazing, wait until you see the new Minty Freshness (that's the name of the new Orta modified for LMDE):

Minty Freshness

The result, even though shares a lot of similarities with Orta, it "uses a lot less pixmaps and lets murrine do its thing" says SkiesOfAzel.

Orta Window Applets Theme

Window applets Orta

Window Applets is a package that comes with two Gnome panel applets: Window Title and Window Buttons which are controls for windows that are placed on the Panel instead of the window. They provide a clever way to increase vertical screen space. See THIS screenshot to understand what this is about.

To install the Orta Window Applets theme, download it from Gnome Look, extract it, then press ALT + F2 and enter:
gksu nautilus /usr/share/windowbuttons/themes/
and copy the extracted "orta" folder to this directory.

Unfortunately, the Orta Window Applets theme only looks ok with a light Orta panel.

See also: Install Window Applets in Ubuntu from the WebUpd8 PPA.

Screenshot credits: popefalstaff

Orta Theme 1.0 Released With New Metacity, Emerald And Xfwm Decorations, New Tab Styles And More

Orta theme 1.0

Orta 1.0

The well known Orta theme reached version 1.0 today, the update brining new Metacity decorations with bigger buttons, new Emerald and Xfwm themes, two new tab styles, Pcmanfm and Gnome Terminal theming as well as many fixes for Foobnix, Guake, Banshee, Rhythmbox, Exaile, GMPC, Global Menu, Geany and others (a complete changelog is available @ DeviantArt).

Orta Emerald
(Orta Emerald - the buttons look the in the new Metacity)

Gorgeous Orta Theme Gets New Metacity, 2 Panel Styles, A Configuration Tool And More

Orta 0.75

You probably remember Orta, a new gorgeous theme we posted about a while back. Initially, Orta used the Elementary theme panel and Metacity theme but an update today (version 0.75) finally brings an original Metacity, 2 panel styles (dark and light) as well as a configuration tool you can use to tweak various parts of the theme such as the Nautilus style (Elementary or default), 3 scrollbar styles, various fixes, tab styles and more.