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It's a well know fact that running X11 applications on ae Mac crates a lot of ugliness. I discovered a way to solve this, at least partially.

A lot of Unix applications use the Gimp Tool Kit, or GTK for short. You can install GTK on Mac via MacPorts by running sudo port install gtk2 in Terminal. There are some themes in MacPorts as well to make your app look like an Air app instead of Win95; they work, but the look is still alien.

However, there is a GTK theme called mac4lin that emulates the Mac look on Linux, but I discovered this can be used on the Mac as well. Download and extract mac4lin and extract and copy one of the archives in the GTK folder to /opt/local/share/themes. Then run gtk-chtheme from MacPorts to change to your new aqua theme. As a final step, click the Font button to set the font to Lucida Grande 10pt, and you're done.

Detailed instructions and screenshots can be found on my blog.
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Make X11 Gimp Tool Kit (GTK) apps look much more Mac-like
Authored by: pepijndevos on Apr 13, '10 09:08:14AM

The correct command for installing the theme switcher is

sudo port install gtk2-chteme

running

gtk2-chteme

note the 2 after gtk2



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Make X11 Gimp Tool Kit (GTK) apps look much more Mac-like
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 13, '10 09:28:37AM

Errr, no. Wrong. It's gtk-chtheme. The package is named "gtk-chtheme", and making it reveals a binary named "gtk-theme". I just checked (and you didn't). Besides, why would you add a '2' and drop an 'h'?



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Make X11 Gimp Tool Kit (GTK) apps look much more Mac-like
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 13, '10 09:32:59AM

Well, as you discovered, the "ugliness" is just a default, one-size-fits-all look. The userbase of GTK is far larger than that of the Mac. (Hint: Firefox.)



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Make X11 Gimp Tool Kit (GTK) apps look much more Mac-like
Authored by: asmeurer on Apr 13, '10 12:04:41PM

I think I would rather have a good non-Mac theme than some poor Aqua clone (which is all of them). I just installed KDE in fink and now all my X11 apps look decent. It isn't Mac-like, but it isn't the default grey squares either.



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