Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Mar 2006 17:43 UTC, submitted by HeLfReZ
Novell and Ximian "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is an all-in-one solution that contains technology innovations and usability breakthroughs including integrated desktop search, accelerated graphical interfaces and numerous application improvements. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop delivers market-leading usability plus an exceptional end user experience with an easy-to-use and easy-to-learn environment. Seamless interoperability and support for standards allows SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to readily coexists with Windows, Mac, Unix and other operating systems." The preview page has some screenshots and a screencast. My take: And there was much rejoicing. I'm seriously looking forward to this release.
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New desktop theme
by null_pointer_us on Thu 9th Mar 2006 18:57 UTC
null_pointer_us
Member since:
2005-08-19

I don't like the new theme. There's too much contrast (black lines in white background) and none of the pretty "3D" edges we've had since Windows 95. The controls don't seem to line up very well (double black lines in places) for this color scheme. The window borders aren't antialiased, and this is especially obvious in the plain white background window title bars.

Hopefully this isn't the final version. Vista looks better, frankly. I wouldn't pay money for Novell's new desktop. FC5 looks to include many of the "next generation" features like integrated search and some tasteful accelerated eye candy like drop shadows. If Novell could put together a decent theme to pair with their XGL effects, then it might sell.

And yes, I realize how easy it is to change the Gnome/GTK+ theme. That's not the point. They're showcasing a bad theme IMO.

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RE: New desktop theme
by 2fargone on Thu 9th Mar 2006 19:55 in reply to "New desktop theme"
2fargone Member since:
2006-02-20

Your post demonstrates the need on both sides to provide more than one 'default' theme, and to make it easy to change that theme.

Because IMO, I like Novell's theme and I think Vista is really ugly (I've used Aero). Some like chocolate, some like vanilla, some like strawberry, and some like all three, some hate all three. Taste is so subjective.

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RE[2]: New desktop theme
by Pseudo Cyborg on Thu 9th Mar 2006 23:19 in reply to "RE: New desktop theme"
Pseudo Cyborg Member since:
2005-07-09

Very well said, 2fargone.

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RE: New desktop theme
by somebody on Thu 9th Mar 2006 21:01 in reply to "New desktop theme"
somebody Member since:
2005-07-07

If Novell could put together a decent theme to pair with their XGL effects, then it might sell.

1. What is easier than install a new theme?
2. Isn't it nicer to have one really good theme (yes, I consider this theme as very good default, the last thing I would like to see is something photo-ish and flashy like OSX has. Vista fares a much better ride with their default theme, although still to flashy) for default?

You might like Ubutu Human theme. http://perkypants.org/blog/2006/03/08/dancing-for-human-beings/

I don't, it is not simple and descriptive as default Tango.

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RE[2]: New desktop theme
by Pseudo Cyborg on Thu 9th Mar 2006 23:24 in reply to "RE: New desktop theme"
Pseudo Cyborg Member since:
2005-07-09

"Isn't it nicer to have one really good theme"

If such a thing existed, it would. The problem with people, however, is that their human and have preferences. ;)

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