Tag: Themes

How To: Make phpMyAdmin Look Sexy In Under 10 Seconds

How To: Make phpMyAdmin Look Sexy In Under 10 Seconds

PMA8165 Theme

A clean, dark and minimal theme for phpMyAdmin 4.2.x

This theme was born simply out of my deepest needs – more precisely the need to not have to stare at the ugly default phpMyAdmin theme all day long (sorry, guy who made it). But seriously now, it had to come to this – in a multiple screen setup where Gnome looks awesome, terminal windows look awesome and Sublime Text tops everything, phpMyAdmin just didn’t belong.

I guess one could say PMA8165 was somewhat inspired from the Numix GTK3 theme which, in combination with a few more things, can make Gnome look lethal as detailed in one of my fascinating blog posts on How To: Make Linux Look Sexy In Only 3 Fast Steps.


Go to your phpmyadmin themes directory:

cd /usr/share/phpmyadmin/themes

Clone the repository from github:

sudo git clone https://git@github.com/mjohnson8165/pma8165-theme.git pma8165

Then just go to your phpmyadmin page and select the pma8165 theme.


Here are a couple of screenshots so you can get an idea of what you’ll be getting:

PMA8165 Home

PMA8165 Table View

That’s about it, but if you’re in doubt, feel particularly constipated or for any number of other reasons you have a bad feeling about this, you should head over to the repository page and read the disclaimer section – that should give you an idea of what this is and what it isn’t. Enjoy!

How to make Linux look sexy in only 3 fast steps

How to make Linux look sexy in only 3 fast steps

I used to be an Ubuntu user, but never really liked Unity much, so every time I installed Ubuntu – I also took the time to install Gnome and try out a whole bunch of themes, icons and extensions and then waste even more time configuring them individually, but no more.

Long story short, with the relatively recent events of HWE going out of support and Ubuntu rolling out SP1 (14.04.1 LTS), I had some major problems with my system so I eventually had to reinstall all of it. (The problems I had and still sort of have will be elaborated in a different post soon as I come up with a unified 100% working solution). It was at this point when I started researching different distros, only to eventually find myself back to square 1.5 as I discovered Ubuntu Gnome thanks to Jeff Turner who had a fairly convincing review of the OS.

Jumping right into it, I installed Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 (no need to thank me for that statement, Captain Obvious knows when he’s being appreciated), then of course I couldn’t boot anymore so I removed silent splash and added nomodset in the GRUB entry and booted with fail-safe graphics, the display was corrupted so I dropped to console (Ctrl + Alt + F1) and purged all nVidia drivers, rebooted in recovery mode and installed nvidia-current drivers and replaced the default xorg.conf file with my magic backup and I was finally there. Recurrent thought: why can’t I ever just skip the details and go with minimal writing as planned?

1. Enable User Themes and install these:

Numix GTK3 Theme: Also available via PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme

Minimal 3.10: Should be installed manually since it includes the actual Shell Theme too.

AwOken 2.5: Used to be available through PPA but at the moment install manually:

– Download from alternate links:

– Extract the three folders in your .icons folder

– Open up a terminal and enable access to customization script (AwOkenWhite is awesome enough without any customization, so these steps are optional):

cd .icons
sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization /usr/bin
sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization-clear /usr/bin
sudo cp -p AwOkenDark/awoken-icon-theme-customization-dark /usr/bin
sudo cp -p AwOkenWhite/awoken-icon-theme-customization-white /usr/bin

2. Set the themes in the Gnome Tweak Tool like this:

Gnome Tweak Tool

An alternate, equally sexy setup involves setting the GTK+ to Minimal-3.10 as well – it’s a little darker and completely gray-scale.

3. Install and configure zpydr’s Taskbar extension:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zpydr/gnome-shell-extension-taskbar
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extension-taskbar

Don’t forget to restart Gnome Shell by doing an Alt + F2 : r

In the Overview panel disable the Desktop and Workspace buttons and activate the Bottom Panel, then under Panels, change icon size to 36.

That was it… by now your desktop should look something like this:

Ubuntu Gnome Screenshot

This would be the decent minimum of sexiness I would go for – from this point I would probably add a few more useful extensions (with moderation) i.e. Alternatetab, Gmail, OpenWeather but kind of just that. Any more of these and minimalism turns into clutter-ism and really unnecessary eye-candy.