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Hi :)
I only tried the 11.10 in a VM as a LiveCd.  I liked Unity for kiosks or for our public access 
machines or even most of the office workers but i agree about Gnome being much easier for even 
slightly skilled users.  
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Mon, 24/10/11, Jean Weber <jeanweber@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Jean Weber <jeanweber@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-documentation] Installing the "XP-Silver" theme in Ubuntu
To: documentation@global.libreoffice.org
Date: Monday, 24 October, 2011, 21:27
Tom,
If you have Ubuntu 11.10, have a look in the Appearance
dialog for the
Adwaita theme, which has blue highlighting in menus but
otherwise looks almost identical to our XP-Silver theme. It
also looks
very similar to one of the standard Mac themes.

I'll post a sample on the wiki when I get a chance (may not
be that soon).

--Jean

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 00:46, Tom Davies <tomdavies04@yahoo.co.uk>
wrote:
Hi :)
I really like the Radiance theme in oranges and reds.
 It seems to be available on a lot of different distros but
not at all in Windows without considerable work.  Silver is
good and seems more familiar cross-platform-wise.
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Sun, 23/10/11, Jean Weber <jeanweber@gmail.com>
wrote:

From: Jean Weber <jeanweber@gmail.com>
Subject: [libreoffice-documentation] Installing
the "XP-Silver" theme in Ubuntu
To: Documentation@global.libreoffice.org
Date: Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 11:04
On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 01:29, Martin
Fox <info@mjfox.ch>
wrote:

Michele Zarri put the following zip file
together a
few years ago:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3605254/ubuntu-xp-silver-theme.zip

The instructions he wrote are:

Win XP Silver-like theme for Ubuntu

Installing the theme is fairly
straightfoward.

1) Go to System > Preferences >
Appearance and
stay in the Themes page.
2) Save your current theme in order to be
able to
revert to it.
3) Drag and drop the file GTK2-WinXp etc..
and select
the option to
use it immediately. This is not a full theme,
but only
the "controls"
part. (If you press the Customize button you
will
notice that a theme
is formed by Controls,   Colours, Window
Borders,
Icons and Pointers).
If you go to controls, the last entry should
read
WinXP-Silver.
4) Drag and drop the XP-SilverWindow etc..
file in the
Appearance
dialog and again select use immediately. This
is the
windows borders
part of the theme. It is 99% based on a theme
I found
on
art.gnome.org, but I needed to modify the
shade
applied to the title
(just removing a couple of lines from the XML
file).
5) to finish the transformation, you can
select
Verdana as the font
for the Window Titles.
6) save the new theme.

Both the components of the theme were found
at
art.gnome.org where you
experiment with many other combinations
(probably you
will even find
something better... as I said I did not spend
more
than an hour on this.


Alas, the installation and activation instructions
appear
to not be
applicable to Ubuntu 11.10, which doesn't have the
range of
choices in
System > Preferences > Appearance that
earlier
versions did. I don't
know yet whether the function is hidden somewhere
else, or
if one
needs to install the Gnome Tweak Tool, or what one
can do.
I only
discovered this today and haven't seriously
started
researching the
matter.

Meanwhile, however, I've discovered that the
Radiance theme
in Ubuntu
11.10 looks very much like the "XP-Silver" theme
except
that
highlighting is orange (menu items, checkboxes,
default
pushbuttons,
etc) and the drop-down list boxes are as Hazel
described.
My (possibly
faulty) memory of the earlier version of the
Radiance theme
is that it
didn't have enough contrast, but on one of my
laptops at
least, the
contrast now looks fine. However, it looks a bit
less like
Windows or
Mac.

--Jean

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