Artwork proposals for xubuntu 8.10
jozmak at gmail.com
Sat Jun 7 16:27:16 UTC 2008
On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 6:11 AM, Vincent <imnotb at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 5:44 PM, jmak <jozmak at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Here are a few ideas that I am proposing for xubuntu's next release.
>> The order of items are indicating the priority of tasks.
>> 1) Create a brand new gtk theme. For the time being, I am suggesting
>> the use of Unity. The theme has been created by Cimi, a gnome
>> developer; it is fast and bug free. The theme has a nice gray tone to
>> it. Easy on the eye and contemporary in appearance. It harmonizes
>> with any color schemes. As a bonus, it is already included in the
>> universe repository as a part of the gnome extras package. Cimi will
>> release a brand new murrina engine and a range of new themes in
>> August. We can take a look at these themes when they will be available
>> and we can decide about their use.
> Create or use a new GTK theme? Creating sounds like a hell of a job... :)
I meant to find one.
>> 2) Replace the Tango icons to a more modern and visually appealing
>> theme. I have created a new wiki page for visual ideas. If you have
>> any suggestion for icons or any other idea please indicate it on the
>> wiki; this way all ideas will be in one place for easier review. The
>> address is: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Artwork/Incoming/Intrepid
> The problem is, of course, that we do need a complete set. Perhaps Fedora's
> new Echo icon theme is something to look at?
Vincent, if you find an icon theme upload an image of it to the wiki
so that we can see all the potential candidates in one place.
The other thing: almost all icon sets are more less a work in
progress, even Tango.
>> 3) Make sure that the fine details of the desktop is taken care of.
>> This is something, I have been advocating for many years but always
>> ignored. The details may include theming the panel, improving the
>> icons' appearances on the panel or getting rid of the visual noises
>> (for instance, the label backgrounds).
> It'd be highly preferred if the icon label backgrounds could be edited
> graphically. I don't know what Xfce 4.6 will have to offer in that area...?
Why is this a problem. You cannot do it graphically in Gnome either,
neither in Kde, as far as I know
> As for theming the panel: just have a go at it, I'd say. I believe it can
> just be done in the GTK theme, so...
>> 4) New Usplash and throbber. The current one (the throbber) is nothing
>> less than atrocious (borrowed from Ubuntu), it made the Usplash look
>> like an ugly patchwork; this needs to be tackled. Lets keep in mind
>> that the Usplash is not there only to inform or entertain, but also to
>> function as a branding image; this is what the user sees at each boot
>> up-- it supposed to burn the brand image in the mind of the user.
> I absolutely agree and would welcome almost any change on especially the
I've already created a new throbber but for some reason it didn't make
it into Hardy
>> 5) New gdm theme. We had problems finding the correct size of the
>> login box for hardy. Maybe someone can help me figuring out why the
>> size of the box appears inconsistent at different installations.
>> 6) Wallpaper. I am thinking about some darker wallpaper this time
>> (dark blue or even black?) to create a more dynamic look and feel and
>> prevent the desktop from turning into an all too monochromatic
>> That's it for now. If you have any idea let us know so that we can
>> discuss it in more details.
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