Solaris 11 – Install Gnome on Text Install

When you`ve got an old server with CD-ROM and therefore cannot install the live edition, or you have another reason to install Gnome on Solaris 11 you should follow my very short guide;

Login onto the console and use the following commands:

sudo pkg install slim_install
sudo svcadm enable gdm

And if you want to run the deskstop:

How-to install the Sun Nimbus Theme 0.1.4 for Gnome


This post is an update for Howto install the Sun Nimbus Theme for Gnome.

I personally prefer the OpenSolaris look for Gnome because it`s more clearly then Ubuntu`s Humanlooks.
It`s possible to install this theme under almost any system running Gnome.

The easiest way is installing the proper package from
This site contains the packs for Ubuntu and Debian (both x86 and x86_64).

Another way is compiling and installing the latest version. This is how it goes!

Install the proper requirements and the source;

apt-get -y install build-essential libgtk2.0-dev intltool icon-naming-utils fakeroot devscripts debhelper build-dep gtk2-engines-clearlooks


tar -xf nimbus-0.1.4.tar.bz2

Next step; compiling the source

./configure --prefix=/usr/

chmod +x debian/rules
Install the binary;

make clean

sudo make install

Select the theme in Gnome.

Thats it!

How-to install the Nimbus theme in Ubuntu


This article is the followup of Howto install the Sun Nimbus Theme for Gnome

Nimbus is the OpenSolaris Gnome theme.
This guide demonstrates how to install the NimbusĀ theme in Ubuntu versionĀ 8.04, 8.10 , 9.04 and 9.10.

Install the correct repository key
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 0AAFAD78

Add the repository source to sources.list
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

And add the following sentence

deb jaunty main

Update the repositories

sudo apt-get update

Install the Nimbus theme

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-nimbus nimbus-icon-theme