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GNOME Shell - Alternative by half-left GNOME Shell - Alternative by half-left
This is an alternative to the default GNOME Shell theme. Features the following changes.

Personal design changes mocked up for upstream.
Optimised for low resolutions.
More space for high resolutions.
9pt font size(default is mostly 10.5pt).
Ubuntu font enabled.
Consistent looking.
New switch design.
Panel translucency

Faience icon theme.

Wallpaper by dokt.


At high resolutions like 1920x1080 and above the fonts will be small. A good font hinting setting and anti-aliasing setting like Rgba will really help.


Please avoid a manual install and use the GNOME Tweak Tool, it's much easier.

You can use the gnome-shell theme extension for easier switching of themes.

GNOME Tweak Tool

Make sure you have user-theme-extension installed. Load the GNOME Tweak Tool and go to Shell Extensions and click the "Use Theme Extension" switch. Now go to "Theme" and click the Shell Theme box and locate your theme zip. Now you can select the theme in the dropdown box. Make sure you selection the right version for the GNOME version you have, otherwise the theme will not show properly.

If you run GNOME 3.4, just extract the 3.4 version to ~/.themes

License: GPL

Compatibility: GNOME 3.2/3.4

Update 1.1 - 16th March 2012

- Improved switches.
- Improved scrollbar.
- Fixed alignment of notification message.
- Reduced workspace controls' visibility by a small amount.

Update - 14 April 2012

- Added GNOME Shell 3.4 compatibility.
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centos2 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Hello, do you plan to update this theme to be compatible with latest Gnome?
half-left Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nope, don't use GNOME anymore.
StingBL Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Too bad...this is the only netbook-optimized theme as far as I know :(
half-left Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You can use it at any resolution, just might be a bit too scaled on large screens or very high resolutions.
StingBL Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Yeah, sure!
What I was trying to say is that this theme is/was perfect for netbooks and without support for newer versions of Gnome there aren't other themes optimized for small screens.
This is a theme not only beautiful, but extremely useful too.
half-left Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah well, GNOME just change their UI too much, it's like supporting alpha software, at least KDE4 maintains compatibility with themes.
nickcolley Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love this for my netbook! Thanks.
lostforsaya Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
very cute! thank you for share
samir-gasymov Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Very nice!!
half-left Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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