How to Use Linux Mint Gnome Shell Extensions (MGSE) In Ubuntu

In our review of Linux Mint 12, we were impressed with the implementation of the Mint Gnome Shell Extensions (MGSE) and how it make the user-interface easy to use again. Now, if you are using Ubuntu and you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing Linux Mint from scratch, here’s how you can implement the MGSE in Ubuntu (assuming you are using Gnome Shell as your desktop manager).

1. Open a terminal and type:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Paste (using Ctrl + Shift + V) the following command to the end of the file.

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ lisa main upstream import

Save the file (using Ctrl + O) and exit (Ctrl + X).

3. Update the repository. Ignore the gpg error, if you see any.

sudo apt-get update

4. Install the following packages. When prompted to install without verification, enter ‘y’.

sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring mint-meta-mgse

5. Restart Gnome shell (Alt + F2 follow by ‘r’). Open Gnome Tweak Tool. You should see the MGSE in the Gnome Shell Extension section.

Activate the Bottom Panel extension, Window List extension, Menu extension to get the full Linux Mint bottom panel feature. Alternatively, if you want the Menu extension without the bottom panel, you can just activate the Menu extension and it will appear beside the Activities button (top left corner).

mgse-activate-bottom-panel

After activating the bottom panel, you will find that the notification panel is gone. You can click the “!” button at the bottom right corner to bring up the notification panel. Alternatively, you can activate the Notifications extension to get all the notification icons to display at the top system tray (top right corner).

mgse-show-notification-panel

Mate is the fork of Gnome 2 and is the fallback mode for users who don’t have 3D support. To run Mate in Ubuntu, install the following package:

sudo apt-get install mint-meta-mate

Once installed, you will be able to login to Mate from the login page.

If you like the Mint-Z theme, or the desktop wallpapers used in Linux Mint 12, you can also download them to your Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install mint-z-theme mint-backgrounds-lisa mint-backgrounds-lisa-extra

That’s it.