When a sexy new interface or theme hits the scene, it's quite common for users to port the look to other forms of technology. We've seen Windows desktops customized to look like Android, Linux desktops made to look like Windows, Android phones that replicate iOS, and every variation in between.
Today, we're going to take a look at a new theme for the GNOME 3 shell in Linux, simply called Ice Cream Shell. As you may have guessed by its name, Ice Cream Shell will give your Linux desktop a very polished ICS look. The shell was created for Ubuntu, but it should work on any version of Linux as long as it's running GNOME 3.
Before you get started with this digital makeover, you'll need to do a few things. Firstly, make sure you have the GNOME shell installed if you're using something different, like Ubuntu's Unity interface, for example (installation instructions). With that out of the way, you'll need to grab a few mandatory files: the Roboto font, Ice Cream Shell, and ICS wallpapers (1, 2). You should now have everything you need.
With all of the necessary files at your disposal, go ahead and install the Roboto font. We'll wait right here.
Finished? Now it's time to install the GNOME Tweak Tool, so fire up the terminal and enter the following command:
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
After it finishes installing, you'll need to install the User-Theme GNOME Shell extension with these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme
Once that is finished, go ahead and log out and back in for the changes to take effect. After logging back in, go ahead and launch the GNOME Tweak Tool and enable "User Theme Extensions" under the "Shell Extensions" option.
Now you can extract Ice Cream Shell into the home/username/.Themes directory, which will make it available to the system. Fire up the GNOME Tweak Tool once again, hit the "Theme" option, and select "Ice Cream Shell."
Set an ICS wallpaper and you're done! Enjoy your freshly ICS'd-out interface. It's elegant, sleek, and classy. Enjoy!