Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Feb 2008 21:16 UTC, submitted by Vincent
Xfce "By popular demand, I decided to push the limits of Xfce's customisability even further. This time, I would make it look like Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. This task proved more difficult than trying to make it look like Windows Vista. Though I haven't achieved the same degree of perfection as I did when replicating Vista, I still think I came pretty close."
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alcibiades
Member since:
2005-10-12

His problem was, he had done Vista. What comes next? Its not really about OSX, its about one person hacking away at xfce and needing an opponent 'worthy of his steel'. XP was too old hat. That left OSX.

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Ok, if it was purely a 'let me see if i can do it' thing, then ok. But people were saying that this helps converts. Like I said before, I'm all for linux progressing further into the desktop, but it has to be able to do it without blatantly copying an interface...otherwise it's no different than the korean rip offs selling Sorny batteries, or Magnabox televisions...

I appreciate and recognize the customizability of XFCE + GTK, I really do. I just wish we could see some really interesting results as opposed to Vista or Leopard rehashes.

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Vincent Member since:
2007-01-03

Well, in the Vista article I explicitly mentioned that I did not recommend this to help users make the switch. I didn't write it down here, but I still think this is just to show that extensive customisation is possible.

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tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

I just wish we could see some really interesting results as opposed to Vista or Leopard rehashes.

What strikes one as "interesting" is very subjective. Of the 100 or so *nix window managers and of their zillions of themes, it would be difficult to predict what would be interesting for another individual.

However, disregarding personal taste in color schemes and other aesthetics, it is fairly easy to point to a few window managers and themes that are essentially "different."

One of the more unusual *nix window managers is the Mezzo desktop of Symphony OS, which runs on FVWM. Unlike a certain popular desktop that is often mistakenly promoted as "utilizing Fitts' Law," Mezzo truly locates important GUI targets in the screen corners and screen edges.
Here is a proposed color scheme for the latest version of the Mezzo:
- http://www.symphonyos.com/ss/sos-2007b.jpg

Here is Kuartet, the KDE version of Mezzo:
- http://kuartetdesktop.sourceforge.net/images/screenshots/current/de...

(Most of the following screenshots are several years old.)

Another uncommon window manager is UWM/UDE. A floating "hex" menu controls the windows, instead of window buttons:
- http://udeproject.sourceforge.net/images/screenshots/ude022.jpg

The Golem window manager has a few unique themes:
In this one, the active window faces upward, while the inactive windows face downward:
- http://golem.sourceforge.net/themes/ForcedPerspective.png
Here, the window elements slide along each other as the window expands/contracts:
- http://golem.sourceforge.net/themes/XpansionBlack.png
The window elements are floating stars:
- http://golem.sourceforge.net/themes/CyanStars.png
A cow (I think this theme was ported from the Oroborus WM):
- http://golem.sourceforge.net/themes/aCow.jpg
The window border in this theme is delineated only by the red corner lines and the cross-hatch background:
- http://golem.sourceforge.net/themes/RedCorners.png
An extremely minimalist theme:
- http://golem.sourceforge.net/themes/BlackLine.png
The title bar is on the bottom of the window, here:
http://golem.sourceforge.net/themes/BlueBase.png

Here are screenshots of FLWM and PYWM, two fltk WMs that place the window titlebar on the left side of the window:
- http://flwm.sourceforge.net/screenshot.png
- http://pywm.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html

Also, I don't know if there are any speedy, tiling WMs that run natively in Windows or OS X, but *nix has lots of them.

These examples are just the more unusual ones that I can recall, and, no doubt, some of them could be duplicated in XFCE.

Edited 2008-02-18 22:14 UTC

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