Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Mar 2009 18:37 UTC
Linux After two years, the relatively popular PCLinuxOS distribution has finally put out a new major release, imaginatively called PCLinuxOS 2009.1. PCLinuxOS is a release originally based on Mandrake (now Mandriva), but which has taken on a life of its own. The distribution has one selling point (for some, at least) few other popular distributions have: it eschews KDE4 (for now).
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RE: KDE
by Elv13 on Thu 12th Mar 2009 23:24 UTC in reply to "KDE"
Elv13
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2006-06-12

You can chage plasma theme by right clicking on the desktop and you will have access to setings, they exist! You can even do 1 click download+install of plasma theme. Same for wallpaper and the dekstop itself. You can switch it back to classical icon based desktop from that dialog.

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RE[2]: KDE
by sj87 on Fri 13th Mar 2009 18:03 in reply to "RE: KDE"
sj87 Member since:
2007-12-16

You can chage plasma theme by right clicking on the desktop and you will have access to setings, they exist! You can even do 1 click download+install of plasma theme. Same for wallpaper and the dekstop itself. You can switch it back to classical icon based desktop from that dialog.


Plasma is the least visible part of KDE. There are icons, widget styles and window borders too. And yes, I've tried customizing my DE. Bespin for widgets and windows, and some Sculpture-lookalike theme for plasmoids.

My source for alternate themes is KDE-Look.org, which does not currently feature ~any themes par Plasma ones. There are really only Bespin and Sculpture for windows. No alternate full icon sets available to replace Oxygen. Well, they claim there are, but when I installed some using the built-in tool the icons didn't work. Wrong icons appeared in wrong places or none were loaded. Luckily, for me, I'm least annoyed about Oxygen icons.

By the way, those built-in theme download tools in KDE (or the site they're using) are broken. Part of the blame goes definitely to KDE-Look. They allow people to submit source-only releases, which of course are not installable straight from the KDE tools. Sadly, very few people are willing to spend a couple of minutes packaging their piece of software properly. On the other hand, the plasmoid theme downloader gives me just the 10-15 latest themes submitted, and I can't even search for older ones.

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I didn't say I don't know how to customize my desktop. I said there is generally nothing to customize it with.

Edited 2009-03-13 18:07 UTC

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