Kubuntu default look

Craig Drummond craig_p_drummond at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Feb 9 21:57:27 GMT 2006


After the recent discussion about the default look of KUbuntu,  I'd like to 
propose QtCurve [1] (although I admit to being biased, seeing as its my 
work!). QtCurve is developed for both KDE and Gtk - the Gtk variant takes its 
colours, and font settings, from your Qt settings.

Along with QtCurve, I'd also like to propose using GtkQt [2] to automatically 
control the Gtk theme from the selected KDE theme. (GtkQt is a very simple 
gtk plugin/theme that reads $HOME/.qt/qtrc to determine which KDE theme is 
being used, and then matches this up to a Gtk theme)

To explain how this all works:

1. I have a custom /etc/profile.local which sets (amongst others), the 

2. /etc/gtk-2.0/gtkrc symlinks to /usr/share/themes/GtkQt/gtk-2.0/gtkrc, and
/etc/gtk/gtkrc symlinks to  /usr/share/themes/GtkQt/gtk/gtkrc

Now if I select QtCurve in System Settings, then the QtCurve Gtk theme is 
automatically used by Gtk apps. However, if I select Plastik, etc, where no 
1:1 matching Gtk theme can be found, then the "Qt" Gtk theme is used instead. 
Similarly if a user had Mandrake's Galaxy theme installed, GtkQt would get 
Gtk to use the Gtk version of Galaxy - as opposed to using the KDE version 
via the "Qt" engine.

Therefore I have no need for the KControl module of the "Qt" gtk-engine. In 
fact, I would've thought having this module present would be confusing for 
most desktop users. KUbuntu is a KDE desktop afterall, so it should 
automatically set the Gtk style, fonts, etc. from the corresponding KDE 


[1] http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=5065
[2] http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=6954

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