Fwd: GDM theme and icons.

Erik Harrison erikharrison at xfce.org
Sun Dec 4 07:33:19 UTC 2005

On 12/3/05, Jani Monoses <jani.monoses at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Trevor,
> > I expect someone's already done this, but I saw the login screen concept
> on the wiki and made a GDM theme out of it, if anyone's interested. It's
> based on the default Ubuntu theme, with icons taken from a Xubuntu GDM theme
> available on xfce-look.org. If you want, you can download it from
> http://activist-news.co.uk/gdm.tar Let me know if you
> improve it at all, I feel it could do with different icons, and maybe fiddle
> with the text colours a bit more, but I don't have time right now.
> thanks. Hopefully the artists  around will take a look :)
> > Secondly, I was wondering if any work has been done on deciding on an icon
> set for Xubuntu? At the moment it seems to be a mishmash of icons that don't
> really have a consistent look and feel, although this is probably a "fault"
> of Xfce rather than Xubuntu. Does anyone know how well Xfce works with a
> Tango! compliant iconset? I couldn't find any info on the net, and what I
> have read doesn't look too promising, but if it's possible it would be nice
> to have Xubuntu using Tango! compliant themes, and maybe even the Tango!
> default set, as I personally feel they fit quite well into Xfce, and GTK in
> general.
> Isn't tango too young yet to bet on it for next release?

To clarify, Tango is three things.

1) An extension to the icon spec from freedesktop. The FD.O icon spec
specifies how to find icon themes, and make meta data about them, and
how they inherit from each other. Strangely it doesn't define any
standard naming scheme for the icons in those themes. Tango fixes
that, and Xfce is likely to jump on that bandwagon quick. Supporting
the FD.O standard included a lot of grumbling about the lack of a
naming scheme, so Tango is welcome.

2) A set of guidelines for a certain style of icons.

3) An open collection of high quality icons that meets 1 and 2.

So, support for Tango's spec will likely come in 4.4. If so, then it
would be a simple matter of generating a compliant theme from the
numerous icon sets out there. The Rodent set that is the semi official
icon set of Xfce may be considered, though it is somewhat incomplete.

 Let's see first if
> it's good enough for ubuntu-gnome.
> The icon theme, as most of the artwork has not yet been decided on yet. It
> hasn't been talked about actually, we just went with whatever we had. The
> amount of gtk-engines, xfce window themes and icon themes to chose from is
> overwhelming and I am really not qualified to decide on which would be best
> for xubuntu. I'd be inclined to stick close to ubuntu-gnome in looks - not
> to be confused with it but not too far either. However that's just a
> personal preference.
> Jani
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