Revision of Theme Applications Running as Root in Ubuntu from Tue, 09/18/2007 - 17:45

Once you start installing new GTK themes in Ubuntu, you will notice that applications that run as root, such as the Synaptic Package Manager, look unthemed and ugly. This is because although the root user is hidden in Ubuntu, it is still technically a separate user with separate appearance settings.

Synaptic

To fix this, run these three commands in a terminal. They will cause your own theme, font, and icon preferences to always be used by the root user.

sudo ln -s ~/.themes /root/.themes
sudo ln -s ~/.icons /root/.icons
sudo ln -s ~/.fonts /root/.fonts

Leaving your root applications unthemed does an have one advantage, it reminds you when a running application has root privileges. Other than that I see no reason why this should not be the default for Ubuntu.