Guide to make Elementary OS look like XenZen Configuration


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[Elementary OS Linux "XenZen" Configuration Guide]
Inspiration: The Elementary Linux Desktop - or
Operating System: Elementrary OS 0.2 "Luna" Linux -
Desktop Environment: Pantheon (Default) -
Panel: Wingpanel Slim (Mod) (Replacement of Wingpanel) -
Launcher: Slingshot (Default) -
Icons: Token by brsev (Light) - & AwOken by alecive (Clear) - 
Wallpaper: Tree of Life Wallpaper by KeR -
                  + ClearCalendarScreenlet v0.4.4+++ -
                  + WidescapeWeatherScreenlet v0.1.1+++ -
                  + CircleClockScreenlet v0.7.1+++ -
                  + FeedReaderPlusScreenlet v1.0.5+++ -
                  + NowPlayingScreenlet v0.3.4.3++++ -
                 + Noise (Elementary OS's default Music App) Plugin -
                 + LongPlay for CoverGloobus theme -
                 NowPlaying Screenlet v0.3.4.3 -
                 + Lucidity theme -
Operating System: Elementary OS 0.2 "Luna" Linux
                  About: &
                  Download From: or
Desktop Environment: Pantheon (similar to GNOME using GTK3) (Elementary OS Default)
                     About: or
Top Notification Panel: Wingpanel Slim (wingpanel-slim) (Replacement of Elementary OS's default "Wingpanel")
                        Author: Heath Paddock (
                        Guide: This will replace elementary's default wingpanel with wingpanel-slim.
                               First, install Elementary Tweaks by following the guide here:
                               Once "Elementary Tweaks" is installed, follow the procedures here:
                        Mod: We need to supply one fix and one adjustment for the default wingpanel-slim...
                             First, we need to fix the dropbox icon (If you don't have dropbox, install it now from the "Software Center")
                             To fix the dropbox icon, just follow the information found here:
                             Next, if we want to adjust the color or transparency of the panel we will need to follow this guide:
Launcher: Slingshot (Elementary OS Default)
          About: or
Dock: Avant Window Navigator (AWN) (Replacement of Elementary OS's default "Plank")
      Guide: This will replace elementary's default Plank dock with AWN.
             First, install dconf-editor: open up a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
             sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
             Next, launch dconf-editor by typing:
             Now navigate to org > pantheon > cerbere
             Remove 'plank' from "monitored processes"; change the value from:
             ['wingpanel', 'plank', 'slingshot-launcher --silent']
             ['wingpanel', 'slingshot-launcher --silent']
             NOTE: 'wingpanel-slim' may be in the list from our actions earlier;
                   just treat it simular to 'wingpanel' and leave it where it's at for now.
                   We only wish to focus on the removal of 'plank'
             Now, reboot or just kill the plank using system monitor.
             Next, Install the other dock "Avant Window Navigator"
             do this by opening terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and typing:
             sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator
             Configure it according to your preference; see the section on icons for custom icons.
             NOTE: If you want to use Plank again, just change the value of "monitored-processes" using dconf-editor
                   and add plank to it. If you also wish to restore wingpanel you can simply click on "Set to Default".
             NOTE: Refer to for additional information.
Icons: Token by brsev (Light) & AwOken by alecive (Clear)                               
       About: Token by brsev - &
              AwOken by alecive -
                 AwOken by alecive -!mEkXET4T!Y8htlSzgkODJsDyxz-c3mjIFDBNvC0Bw6HYiMZCFS-A or
       Instructions: Replace App Icons with Downloaded PNG Icon choices.
       Guide: Add desired Apps to AWN dock,
              right click on individual apps,
              select "Customize Icon",
              navigate to where you extracted the icons' PNG files and choose your desired replacement.
Wallpaper: Tree of Life Wallpaper by KeR
           Instructions: Locate picture, right click and select: "Set as Desktop Background"
Desktop Elements: Screenlets 0.1.6 + Individual Screenlets
                  NOTE: Author's site has been discontinued.
                  Download & Installation: or
                  List of Used Screenlets: SysmonitorScreenlet v0.1.7++ -
                                           + Theme: Default
                                           + Tweaks: Remove Border, Change Background to Transparent, Change Font Color to White, Set Indicators to Grey, Resized to 90%
                                           ClearCalendarScreenlet v0.4.4+++ -
                                           + Theme: Noback
                                           + Tweaks: Change "To Day" Color to Grey {Red = 150, Green = 150, Blue = 150, Opacity = 204}
                                           WidescapeWeatherScreenlet v0.1.1+++ -
                                           + Theme: Default
                                           + Tweaks: Set Zip Code, Background Color set to Transparent, Border Color set to Transparent
                                           eventCalScreenlet v3.36++ -
                                           + Theme: None
                                           + Tweaks: Set Background Color to Transparent, Set Text Color to White, Supplied iCalendar ics path/file: ~/.local/share/evolution/calendar/system/calendar.ics 
                                           CircleClockScreenlet v0.7.1+++ -
                                           + Theme: Default
                                           + Tweaks: Played with Colors and options to show other rings.
                                           FeedReaderPlusScreenlet v1.0.5+++ -
                                           + Tweaks: Set Background Transparent and Fiddled with Colors of Other Options
                                           NowPlayingScreenlet v0.3.4.3++++ -
                                           + Theme: Lucidity -
Music Indicator: CoverGloobus 1.7
                 Plugin: Noise (Elementary OS's default Music App) Plugin -
                         NOTE: Hard to track down!
                 Theme: LongPlay for CoverGloobus -
                 NowPlaying Screenlet v0.3.4.3
                 About: or
                 Theme: Lucidity -
Guided Scripted Outline:
- Download ISO from Home Page & Burn it to a Disc
- Boot from Disc
- Follow on screen prompts
- Reboot
Setup Additional Hardware
- Open "System Settings" and Click "Additional Drivers"
- Follow Prompts
Install Additional Software
- Open "Software Center"
- Pick what you want and install.
- Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Add Community PPA
- Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:versable/elementary-update
sudo apt-get update
Install elementary Tweaks
- In Terminal (if not already open CTRL+ALT+T) type:
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
Optionally, install additional elementary themes:
- In Terminal (if not already open CTRL+ALT+T) type:
sudo apt-get install elementary-dark-theme elementary-plastico-theme elementary-whit-e-theme elementary-harvey-theme
Optionally, install the optimized icon themes:
- In Terminal (if not already open CTRL+ALT+T) type:
sudo apt-get install elementary-elfaenza-icons elementary-nitrux-icons
Optionally, install a bunch of Plank themes:
- In Terminal (if not already open CTRL+ALT+T) type:
sudo apt-get install elementary-plank-themes
NOTE: elementary OS only supports GTK 3.4 themes
Install Wingpanel Slim
- In Terminal (if not already open CTRL+ALT+T) type:
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade 
sudo apt-get install wingpanel-slim
Switch to Wingpanel Slim from Wingpanel
- Open up elementary Tweaks plug in "System Settings"
by selecting "Tweaks" in "System Settings"
- Choose Wingpanel Slim option located under Applications section
by selecting "Wingpanel Sim" under the "Applications" section on the left side
- Activate Wingpanel Slim
by clicking the switch marked: "Slim Wingpanel"
Fix Dropbox Wingpanel Icons
- Download Dropbox Icons
- In Slingshot Launcher Type:
gksudo pantheon-files
- Enter your password.
- Navigate to:
- Drag the panel folder into the elementary folder
- When prompted, select "Merge".
- Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
sudo gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/elementary/
Install dconf-editor
- Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
Remove Plank from Starup
- In Terminal (if not already open CTRL+ALT+T) type:
- Now navigate to org > pantheon > cerbere
- Remove 'plank' from "monitored processes"
- Change the value from:
['wingpanel', 'plank', 'slingshot-launcher --silent']
['wingpanel', 'slingshot-launcher --silent']
- Reboot or Kill the Plank using System Monitor
Install "Avant Window Navigator"
- Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator
Change Icons
Change Wallpaper
Install Screenlets
- Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:screenlets/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install screenlets
sudo apt-get install nowplaying-screenlet
sudo apt-get install sysmonitor-screenlet
sudo apt-get install clearcalendar-screenlet
sudo apt-get install widescapeweather-screenlet
sudo apt-get install eventcal-screenlet
sudo apt-get install circleclock-screenlet
sudo apt-get install feedreaderplus-screenlet
sudo apt-get install screenlets-pack-all
Setup & Configure Screenlets
Check for Updates & Upgrades
- Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
- Smile :) & Be Happy!
General Guide:
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Thanks, I know how strenuous digging for information and trying to reproduce something can be; so I wanted to help out and make it easier. If anybody has questions, for clarification, just ask; and I'll try to respond informatively.

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