HP’s Mobile Internet Experience software is basically a custom version of Ubuntu Linux that includes a slick black theme and a nifty program launcher. It’s designed to run on the HP Mini 1000, but you may be able to install the operating system on other computers with similar hardware by creating a system restore disk. But if you want, you can also install the theme on almost any computer running a standard version of Ubuntu. You won’t the program launcher this way, but you will get the custom black theme as well as a skin for Firefox. If you’re tired of Ubuntu’s brown and orange, you might like this look.

Linux on the HP 2133 has put together a handy guide complete with download links. I’d highly rcommend using these download links instead of attempting to add the HP repositories, because it turns out that the HP repositories are built for LPIA architectures. LPIA is similar to i386, but the difference might make it difficult to download the proper files using the Synaptic package manager or apt-get.

It’s also worth pointing out that while I’m still pretty excited about the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition software, I do find that the computer is a little less responsive when launching programs than it was under Windows XP. It still boots, shuts down, and resumes from sleep pretty quickly. But it’s a tad on the sluggish side. My guess is if you have a stock version of Ubuntu installed and download the custom HP skin you won’t experience any slowdowns, but let me know if I’m wrong.

via HP 2133 Guide and Ubuntu Forums

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10 replies on “Update: How to install the HP Mi Edition theme on any Ubuntu system”

  1. Ive got my acer with 8.1 ubuntu running exactly like the full MIE including bookmaeks elisa email on home page etc and i love it

  2. a linux newbie here, Do someone notes an unusual change in OpenOfficce with this theme?
    mine changes a lot just for the theme, there goes off the standard edit buttons and a different array of thing with the word processor, just open a document.
    Can I dodge this side effect?

    1. The default for a GUI program like OOo is to use the system’s theme.
      Just set OOo to use a ‘custom’ scheme –
      which you can define yourself, use an included one or download your choice
      from the net.

  3. Lipstick on a pig.
    Gnome is fugly beyond belief and Im not just referring to the Ubuntu caca color selection.
    It looks like Win95.

    And while I know you can hide the taskbars, who the hell wants TWO taskbars, especially on a 9inch screen.

    If this look was the only option, I’d have stuck to Windows.

    1. Well, you can completely configure the screen to your likings… And you do not just deactivate the taskbar (that would be the windows way of doint things), you completely remove it. You can make the taskbar very small and only like 1/3 of the screen if you like… everything is possible 🙂

  4. Yeah, we’ve got a little “how to get MIE for everyone” community setting up in the forums there…

    A theme is a great thing, but still: The complete MIE experience would be amazing. Guess i’ll have to try this out myself, too bad that you can’t install it on a partition.

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