[ubuntu-art] mac-unt-ista?

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at gmail.com
Thu May 8 16:17:05 BST 2008

The other trouble with transparency everywhere is the desktop theme
then relies Entirely on the being a compositing window manager,
preferably doing some kind of alpha blur. Without one, the theme is
going to look quite uninteresting; that very common (likely majority)
section of users not running Compiz are definitely being ignored
there. Needs a tiny bit of work in that direction :)
I, for one, like New Wave because it works happily with Metacity,
looks better with Metacity + compositing, and looks great with Compiz
(for those who can stand the thing as a window manager).

Besides, when the theme is theoretically borrowing from /both/
desktops, I don't think it's fair to call it a rip-off of either!
Borderless windows have a clear advantage over thickly bordered
windows in the realm of looking pretty, since it does not impose the
window decorator's arbitrary and unchanging presence all over the
place (*cough* Vista -transparency), instead letting the contents of a
window control its overall appearance. Err, it looks better... One
disadvantage is that resizing a window requires clicking on a one
pixel wide border. (Methinks someone should talk to the Metacity folks
about that; it shouldn't be tough to fix).

As for Vista, it could be argued that New Wave's titlebar + menubar
combo looks a tad like it, but I disagree! Vista just has really big
title bars, sometimes with the toolbar blended in (for programs using
their fancier UI library), but generally no such thing happening.
Vista is aiming at hiding away the concept of program menus. Here, the
menu is visibly divided from the rest of a window's content by joining
it with the titlebar (alas, artificially), which gives a neat effect.
I think a few benefits there are simplicity (no redundant buttons to
press; the menu is there for those who want it), and a clear depiction
of what the menu is by joining it with something else like it: A rigid
and ever-present object that can be handy, but needn't be played with
at all.


On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 2:34 AM, Étienne Bersac <bersace03 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Strange because, compared to other proposal, i actually find New Wave
> not being a rip-off of proprietary OSes. First of all, it's a dark
> theme, and neither Vista nor OS X use a dark theme.
> Also, the control theme is not yet started, so please wait until this
> new theme get mature enough to classify it as rip off ;)
> About Clear Intrepid : icon set and transparency everywhere remember me
> Vista Areo !
> Regards,
> Étienne.
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