Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Feb 2008 21:58 UTC, submitted by Vincent
Xfce "Xfce is just as customizable as KDE or GNOME, so I set myself a goal: make Xubuntu look like Windows Vista. Though you won't be told how to achieve the exact same end result, this guide provides comprehensive instructions helping you make Xubuntu look the way you want it to. In any case, I would certainly not recommend such a setup for someone new to Xubuntu. Xubuntu is different than Windows; making it look similar is only confusing."
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the goal, pfft
by maaxx on Sun 10th Feb 2008 22:15 UTC
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Member since:
2007-11-06

Quite some goal you've set for yourself.
Although the pointing out how much flexible and customizable XFCE can be is a good thing, why oh why would you want your _linux_ desktop look like Microsoft Windows?

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RE: the goal, pfft
by flanque on Sun 10th Feb 2008 22:28 in reply to "the goal, pfft"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Believe it or not, some people actually enjoy the Windows interface.

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RE[2]: the goal, pfft
by Lousewort on Mon 11th Feb 2008 09:30 in reply to "RE: the goal, pfft"
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2006-09-12

Which Windows interface? XP or Vista? Personally, I don't see that much of a difference between XP & Vista other than the eye candy, unwanted DRM, the rather irritating "security" popup boxes, and the lamentable speed decrease from XP to Vista. Oh, yes, and the vastly increased license cost for the OS. Oh, Ah, and my old games don't work so well...

Perhaps, after all, there are some rather glaring (albeit unwanted/unneeded) differences.

Microsoft must have their marketing rather pat though, when people expend such effort trying to mimic Vista's rather lame look- probably patented to boot; careful there- don't copy it too closely.

Folks go to the store and purchase a new notebook pre-installed with Vista, since stores no longer offer XP as an alternative. "My!" they say "look how much sexier and faster Vista is than XP on my old notebook!" never stopping to think that perhaps the speed increase might have something to do with the new hardware they just purchased...

PC users are just a bunch of "Sheeple" and MS knows it.

Edited 2008-02-11 09:33 UTC

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RE: the goal, pfft
by SlackerJack on Sun 10th Feb 2008 22:30 in reply to "the goal, pfft"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

It's because people can and have the freedom to do so. Personally I think it shows just how customizable Linux DE's are without the need of third party utils or programs.

It helps when the Desktop Environment has a format thats standard for icons, png is good because you can make your icon or image in GIMP, rather than having to find the format or convert it. We have SVG which is a standard and great for all kinds of customization, this is one of the many reasons I love Linux DE's, Xfce is real nice BTW.

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RE[2]: the goal, pfft
by Doc Pain on Sun 10th Feb 2008 23:09 in reply to "RE: the goal, pfft"
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2006-10-08

Personally I think it shows just how customizable Linux DE's are without the need of third party utils or programs.


In fact, it really does. I just could imagine something that's looking more appealing than "Vista", but as it has mentioned before, there are people who like this look and feel, allthough I'd have to admit that I honestly can't consider myself belonging to those people. :-) But we definitely don't need to argue about individual preferences, do we?

Xfce is real nice BTW.


XFCE 4 has developed into a very versatile, flexible, customizable and still ressource saving desktop environment that can lead you to have an "advanced interaction feeling" even on older hardware.

So, you don't need to purchase a new PC to impress your buddies you're running "Vista" now for free and legally. :-)

A final question: In the screenshots, you can see the use of this "Windows" logo, for example here in the lower left corner:

http://www.23hq.com/Vincentt/photo/2871683

and there, just on the left side:

http://www.23hq.com/Vincentt/photo/2871686

Is this allowed? I'm just asking.

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RE[2]: the goal, pfft
by flanque on Sun 10th Feb 2008 23:46 in reply to "RE: the goal, pfft"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

I think the reason why he did it can be summarised into the first sentence he wrote:

Xfce is just as customizable as KDE or GNOME, so I set myself a goal: make Xubuntu look like Windows Vista. Why? Because I can. ;)


Gets no simplier than that.

Edited 2008-02-10 23:47 UTC

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RE: the goal, pfft
by Luminair on Mon 11th Feb 2008 01:59 in reply to "the goal, pfft"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

Instead you should ask yourself why every gnu/linux desktop wants to look like windows.

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RE[2]: the goal, pfft
by dimitar on Mon 11th Feb 2008 07:38 in reply to "RE: the goal, pfft"
dimitar Member since:
2007-10-19

I think that few people use the Windows and OSX themed Linux desktops.. but they are really good for showing off. They serve as demonstration of functionality - I don't suppose you can make Windows look like OSX or GNOME :-) (WindowBlinds and etc. don't count, I am talking about explorer.exe - the Windows Shell)

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RE[2]: the goal, pfft
by OSGuy on Mon 11th Feb 2008 07:48 in reply to "RE: the goal, pfft"
OSGuy Member since:
2006-01-01

Instead you should ask yourself why every gnu/linux desktop wants to look like windows

That is a very good question, has anyone thought about it seriously? Perhaps, there is something that MS does right and people like it or quickly get used to it...

Edited 2008-02-11 07:49 UTC

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