[Mageia-discuss] New theme?

Max Quarterpleen bogusman222 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 17:05:16 CEST 2012

On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM, Anne Nicolas <ennael at mageia.org> wrote:

> Le 03/06/2012 13:37, Wolfgang Bornath a écrit :
>  2012/6/3 Max Quarterpleen<bogusman222@**gmail.com <bogusman222 at gmail.com>
>> >:
>>> What kind of theme (wallpaper, icons, plymouth, splash screen, window
>>>> decorator, colors)?
>>> Yes.
>>> But specifically a desktop theme. Window decorater, colors.
>>> Icons we're going to work on separately. Probably using
>>> application-original
>>> icons, but new icons for the drakxtools applications.
>>> Wallpaper will probably be a contest again, but we'll have to think about
>>> the details a little better this time...
>>> Splash screen and Plymouth will just be an extension of the wallpaper,
>>> like
>>> we did with Mga2.
>>>> If it is the window decorator, personally i prefer the every DE original
>>>> choices.
>>> I can understand that, but we are aiming for a unified look. Nothing will
>>> stop you from changing it, this will just be the default.
>>>> I think the distro is good to have its plymouth and splash screen , not
>>>> other modifications from upstream.
>>>> Please let users enjoy each Desktop flavors.
>> Yes, this again is something related with individual taste.
>> Many other distributions try to change looks, even functions of the
>> original DE to have a unique desktop. But integrating the big 2 (KDE&
>> Gnome) into the distribution's own look and keep it as original as
>> possible and then make it look good together - this is also a
>> separator from those other distributions. A nice example:
>> At Berlin Linuxtag exhibition a visitor looked at Mageia 2 KDE (I did
>> a standard installation with nothing customized to my own preferences
>> yet). He played with it for a while, especially with the KDE
>> functions. Then he  told us that in his opinion this is the best
>> integration of KDE into a new distribution he has seen lately,
>> especially the combination of the KDE looks with out corporate colors.
>> The guy turned out to be the treasurer of the KDE project.
>> This is what I meant - establishing a reputation of leaving the
>> original as original as possible.
>> This should at least taken into account: Do we really want our own theme?
>> Of course there's nothing against our own theme as additionsl option.
This is why I put it up for discussion. :)

Yes, we did integrate KDE very nicely with our distro and gave it a nice
personal touch. But I'm not really sure how much the treasurer would know
about look and feel. He could be a software or graphics designer by day and
treasurer by night, but he could also be a lawyer by day.
In any event, such a compliment from one of the KDE team does say a lot.
We'll think about this some more.

> Also I'd like to add that creating a brand new theme is *really* a long
> and hard task. One of the strong point of Mageia is also having a common
> theme for environnement which allows to have both Qt and gtk apps well
> integrated. Such choice should be done also together with environments
> maintainers
Yes, this is also why I put it up for discussion. HSo we can hear exactly
what it is that we're up against.

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