A few Lubuntu Menu things...

Israel israeldahl at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 14:01:33 UTC 2013

Maybe we can simply make new icons for the box icon theme, if there
isn't a simple way to edit the icon size.  But I think imagemagik can
resize things... or at least I think that is what the packaging files
use to make icons.  If you could remember (or find) which ones caused
problems, we could start a list of icons that are unruly, and work on
getting some made up for the Box icon theme, so at least the programs in
the repos wont look awful.  I too remember installing some stuff for my
kids that looked bad, too... but I can't remember what it was.  I also
remember some of the music programs I have used had weird icons.  I am
starting the list with the two programs I have installed currently that
are larger than the usual size.

So here is the list so far:
*Not in repos:*

*in the Repos:*
alsamixergui (not too bad)

On 12/16/2013 12:47 AM, Eric Bradshaw wrote:
> I'd like to chime in with my agreement on the icon sizes in the menu
> before the message below gets lost too far down in the shuffle. There
> were certain games (and I believe maybe an educational app or two) I
> had originally installed for my kids that I then removed specifically
> because of icon size. It was more than just not aesthetically
> pleasing; my kids would think (know?) there was something "wrong" with
> the computer.
> If I hadn't been installing a slew of stuff at once (and none of them
> were "must have" apps) - and my own kids were the only people I was
> worried about installing for; I would've made my own icon (or at least
> resized them) for these. I would think what you have to go through
> sometimes for .desktop entry files and icon creation would be pretty
> scary for a newcomer. Eric ------------------------------ Message: 3
> Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:35:52 -0600 From: Israel
> <israeldahl at gmail.com> To: lubuntu user list
> <lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com> Subject: A few Lubuntu Menu things...
> Message-ID: <52AC88E8.9050607 at gmail.com> Content-Type: text/plain;
> charset=ISO-8859-1 Hey everyone, there are a few issues I'd like to
> address. The first is the Ubuntu SDK and the Core Apps that can be
> installed. The menu does not show all the Core Apps. It does show the
> browser, however. I cannot seem to find any of the other applications
> (i.e. the calculator). I posted a bug about it, but as it received no
> attention it expired... https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1200780 The
> second is the menu... when an app has a HUGE icon, the menu becomes
> ridiculous. I have installed an app called Greenfoot, in hopes of
> getting my kids into programming one day. The icon makes the menu take
> up approximately 1/4 of the screen. I think there should be a way to
> limit the size of icons in the menu, or force icons to display at a
> standard size. There are ways to do this in the rules file for debian
> packages when making them, so it seems like adding something to the
> menu updating script could address this problem. I am not sure how to
> do this, or if it is truly possible... but I figured I should post
> something here, as there has been a lot of talk about converting
> Windows users. And while these issues aren't show stoppers... having
> an icon force the menu to take up a large part of the screen would
> make the user feel like they are using a buggy OS, that lacks polish.
> I know using the box icon theme will address this issue for most
> available apps (thank you whoever made the penguin card game icons
> look so much better... Rafael?), but Ubuntu is the most popular
> GNU/Linux distro and so many third party apps make a deb package for
> Ubuntu that can be downloaded and installed from their website (i.e.
> Greenfoot). To be fair Unity also shows the greenfoot icon as a huge
> blob, but it limits the size shown, and the issue is not present in
> the side panel, only the dash when searching for it. People who come
> to Lubuntu/Ubuntu will expect an experience similar to their previous
> OS, so having something to convert icons to the appropriate size.
> psuedocode: get(app.iconSize){ if (iconSize > maxIconSize)
> {resize(iconSize);} else{return;} }


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