[ubuntu-art] gtk theme

Kenneth Wimer kwwii at ubuntu.com
Wed Mar 5 10:35:42 GMT 2008

On Tuesday 04 March 2008 16:22:09 Andrea Cimitan wrote:
> You cannot rename human theme from ubuntulooks to murrine/clearlooks and
> blame about those gtk-engines.

the idea was not to simply rename anything. The gtkrc's we put in are just for 
testing and are in no way final. I never said I knew how to hack on gtkrc 
files ;-) The notes I wrote below are just the reults of looking at the 
clearlooks and murrine themes and trying to decide where each has a 
weekness/strength in relation to ubuntulooks

> A theme should be written from scratch with an engine in mind, these are
> probably the weird themes I have seen in years :)
> Even ubuntulooks, which is one of the less-liked gtk-engine, seems a way
> better than both clearlooks and murrine.

So you are saying that ubuntulooks is better than both clearlooks and murrine? 
I do agree that writing something from scratch is the better option, but I am 
not a developer :D

> I really hope these and derivates will NEVER be part of ubuntu.

No worries, they probably won't be...at least not in this form.

> If you want those engines, you should tweak the color palette, with
> shadings and some hue changes. Or stick to ubuntulooks, which uses
> colors in a *fake* way (I mean that it does what it wants, bg[SELECTED]
> is used for the prelight, for example...).

This is something very interesting to me but way out of my scope. I would need 
to understand what is "good" and what is "bad" in gtkrc as I am used to just 
editing the thing until it looks like I want it to.

> If you want great themes, maybe following Tangerine's palette (much more
> adaptable to a gtk theme), I have few great ones.

I would love to see anything you have. For Hardy we will stick with the same 
main desktop colors as we always have used, it being the last of the cycle 
and all.

Thanks for the information, I hope we can discuss this more in the future.


> Cheers
> Il giorno lun, 03/03/2008 alle 12.29 +0100, Kenneth Wimer ha scritto:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I guess that everyone noticed the change in gtk theme (we are using
> > murrine at the moment). I also included a clearlooks theme as well and
> > we'll test that in a couple of days). Both themes definitely need
> > improvement if they are going to replace Ubuntu Looks which, although it
> > does have minor bugs, has a definte look and is quite well polished. With
> > an eye to the future, here is a list of +'s and -'s for each theme. In
> > many cases the -'s can be easily solved ...feel free to help :-)
> >
> >   Human Ubuntu Looks (#1):
> >    - lines between menu bar, toolbars and windows are bad; but we don't
> >      have to get rid of them just yet
> >    + we like the obviously ticked checkboxes and radio buttons
> >    + and that the tick from the checkbox is larger than the box
> >    - toggle button doesn't share the obviousness
> >    + liked the markers in the progress bars
> >    + liked the inset tray look of sliders
> >    + liked the filled insides of sliders
> >    + liked the prelight colour of scrollbars
> >    + liked tab colours and no gradient
> >    + selected/active light orange bg (menu's, etc) color is perfect
> >
> >    Human Clearlooks (#2):
> >    - menubar different colour to everything else
> >    - gradient buttons instead of glossy
> >    - no prelight of scrollbars
> >    - no colour inside sliders
> >    - checkboxes not obviously checked
> >    + but toggle buttons are much more obvious
> >    - don't like tab gradients
> >    + but colour is ok
> >    - progress bars look like tanks, no markers
> >
> >    Human Murrine (#3):
> >    - lines between menu bar and toolbars, and toolbars and rest of
> >      window; not urgent to remove
> >    ? menu bar is very strange
> >    + but the menus themselves look great with the gutter
> >    - quite square in shape, rounded is more pleasing to the eye
> >    - progress bars are tanks, no markers, and not inset
> >    - sliders also not inset
> >    + but filled
> >    + obviously checked
> >    - but white
> >    - toggle button isn't obvious at all, quite nasty in fact
> >    + tabs have no gradient and gutter colours
> >    - no scrollbar prelight
> >    - entire scrollbar coloured

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