Posted by: reformedmusings | October 27, 2012

Adding the Faenza icon set to Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

So, while sitting around waiting for Hurricane Sandy to end life as we know it, I decided to mess with my Ubuntu setup and watch zombie movies on SciFi. ‘Tis the season!

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal looks pretty good out of the box. But, according to Cannonical, 13.04 will have a new icon set designed by Matthieu James. He’s the designer of the very nice Faenza icon set. So I say, why wait?

You can get the Faenza icon set in one of two ways. You can download it from James’ Deviant Art page and follow the instructions in the README file included in the archive file. That gives you a point solution that you’ll have to manually update as Matthieu publishes changes.

Or, you can add James’ PPA for Faenza by typing the following in your terminal as indicated in the README file from the downloadable package and hitting Enter at the first prompt:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox


UPDATE: As of version 1.3, James created a Quantal repository so there is no longer a need to follow the instructions set off by the dashes. I am leaving them in for completeness.

At this point, you need to do some editing. The PPA doesn’t have a folder for Quantal yet as of this writing, so we have to use the one for Precise which works fine. So, open Software Sources, go to the Other Software tab, and look for the new PPA entry:

Yours won’t start with “Faenza Icon PPA” because I added that later. You will just have the PPA address in the list. Highlight the tiheum line, then click on the Edit… button at the bottom and change the Distribution to precise as shown below (you can also add the comment which will be the title for the PPA in the list):

Click on OK, then Close in Software Sources.


Back in the terminal, type:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

That will get the theme on your system, but you’re not done yet. There are a few ways to activate the theme, but the easiest for me is to use Ubuntu Tweak. If you don’t have Ubuntu Tweak installed, you should because it allows you to easily both tweak and cleanup Ubuntu installations. It lives in another PPA, so while you are in the terminal, type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Execute Ubuntu Tweak. From the Unity Dash is quickest, or you can find it as an icon in Ubuntu’s System Settings. Go to the Tweaks tab:

then click on Theme:

From the Icon theme full-down list box choose Faenza-Ambience. Close out Ubuntu Tweak and you’re done! Here’s how my system looks now, LeSean McCoy included:

You now have a great icon set that anticipates perhaps what we’ll see in Ubuntu 13.04.

Oh, and Go Eagles!!



  1. Came across this on a website maintained by an OPC guy, didn’t know if it would be of interest : Ubuntu – Distribution Agnostic Virtualbox Auto-Install Script
    Posted on May 9, 2012 by jra

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