Kubuntu default look
angrykeyboarder at angrykeyboarder.com
Tue Jan 24 04:23:57 GMT 2006
Flavio Tordini wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm a Kubuntu user since the very first release. I'd like to propose
> enhancements to the default Kubuntu look. Sane defaults are vital for people
> not able or not willing to customize their desktop. I'm aware that this topic
> is highly subjective and that there is no perfect solution, anyway here are
> my proposals:
> 1. Use nuoveXT (http://nuovext.pwsp.net/) as the default iconset. nuoveXT
> looks very professional and is available for both for KDE and Gnome. Kubuntu
> should come with both versions installed.
They are nice icons. I've used them in both GNOME and KDE, but they do
look too much like Windows Vista.
I don't object to them at all, but they don't belong in a default theme
> 2. Use DejaVu Sans Condensed instead of DejaVu Sans. The Condensed version is
> smoother. The "sans" alias should be resolved to the chosen font and not to
> Bitstream Vera.
> 3. Provide GTK+ libs configured with the ClearLooks theme, nuoveXT icons, and
> Dejavu Sans Condensed. ClearLooks is cleaner and more stable than GtkQt,
> users care more about great looking apps than identical widgets everywhere
> (think OSX Aqua and Brushed Metal). A typical user will surely need at least
> one GTK+ application, and it has to look good out of the box.
I prefer GTK-QT even with all the bugs. I prefer consistency. I prefer
it to the point that I don't use individual "skins" on apps that offer them.
> 4. Use bigger icons, 16x16 icons are a relic from the past.
Why do you consider them a "relic"?
>The toobar icon
> size should be 32x32. Some applications still have way too much toolbuttons
> (e.g. KOffice), they should be simplified. Small icons should be 22x22.
>Icons in the KMenu should be set to 32x32:
That makes the menu too big, especially if you turn on all the options
(like Preferences, Terminals etc).
> 5. The color set is too dark/bluish. The "Redmond XP" color theme is a good
> starting point, especially the light gray background. The "Contrast" setting
> should be set to "Low". The "Alternate background in lists" should be set to
> white. The violet Konqueror filelist background should be dropped in favor of
> a plain white one.
Must everyone copy the OS they so love to hate? I don't quite get that.
I don't care for your theme ideas, I like it even less than the
> 6. The Lipstik style should be configured as shown in this screenshot
> especially the menu gradients should be removed.
I like the menu gradients...
> And here's the final result:
My personal preferences...
Style --> Comix http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=16028
Windeco --> Mallory http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=21650
Icons --> KDE Professional UltraFlat
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