[Mageia-dev] Proposal to change default gtk3 theme back to upstream choice

Colin Guthrie mageia at colin.guthr.ie
Fri Nov 25 15:16:40 CET 2011

'Twas brillig, and Colin Guthrie at 25/11/11 12:26 did gyre and gimble:
> 'Twas brillig, and Colin Guthrie at 25/11/11 12:19 did gyre and gimble:
>> 'Twas brillig, and Anne nicolas at 25/11/11 10:54 did gyre and gimble:
>>> Le 25/11/2011 10:10, Colin Guthrie a écrit :
>>>> 'Twas brillig, and Funda Wang at 25/11/11 02:39 did gyre and gimble:
>>>>> Currently, we are selecting oxygen as default theme for whole distro,
>>>>> but oxygen-gtk3 is too unstable, nor seems to be actively maintained.
>>>>> Maybe we should change default theme for gtk3 applications, the same
>>>>> as upstream? Especially considering we will providing gtk3 as one
>>>>> major choice of applications in mageia 2?
>>>> Yeah certainly in gnome3 this now looks really nasty now. The default
>>>> upstream choice was much nicer.
>>> Oxygen theme is intended to replace Ia_Ora one as it's a big work to
>>> maintain our own theme. BTW it needed to be renewed. Oxygen is for now
>>> the only one available under gtk and qt apps and gives consistancy
>>> between both kind of apps.
>>> Oxygen is actively maintained and one of the maintainers is using
>>> Mageia. So we still have bugs inside that should be fixed soon.
>>> Finally oxygen-gtk3 is now upstream so it should help a lot also for
>>> long term maintainance
>> Perhaps it's a different issue then, but Gnome-Shell today looks ugly
>> due to the theme no longer reflecting the Adwaita theme it was using
>> before... Ia-Ora was not used in there before and thus Gnome-Shell
>> looked fine.
>> I'm all for dropping Ia-Ora but with this side effect Gnome-Shell looks
>> really bad. Sadly I guess the Alpha will ship like this :(
> I guess it's something different to the gtk3 theme.... Will try and work
> out the cause.

OK, so it seems that gnome-shell inherits the theme from Metacity and
thus automatically gets Oxygenised.

It can be fixed by:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme 'Adwaita'

But I think we need to re-assess how using the oxygen theme everywhere
affects the gnome3 experience.



Colin Guthrie

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