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KDE 4 series has become alright, despite some crash here or there. But the lack of new themes on par with Oxygen are the huge low down. We have some poor polished QT themes, but nothing really better than Oxygen, which can be very tiring - all the grey gradient with those ridiculous rounded buttons for its style...
The lack of an specific font seems to be being worked out, but my bet it's that is going to be a little better than GNOME's Cantarell. From a first impression, Ubuntu's fonts remain the best typeface, IMO.
To KDE team: More [embedded] themes and styles, before going to 5 series. Please. Edited 2012-01-27 21:16 UTC
If you feel a bit "adventurous" you can try the bespin themes.
I now it is also grey, but I like the "bespin detour", inspired by enlightenment detour theme.
Don't know what happened between Thomas and the design team of KDE (he was directly involved on themes creation in the beginning of KDE4 series), but his engine and the themes it support seems to be some of the best on kde-look from the aesthetic point-of-view.
kde is hideous and the people making it have no taste is what you're saying. judging from the screenshots it appears you are correct
QtCurve is still around and far superior to Oxygen, but I don't know if the guy'll keep updating.
He's not talking about Plasma themes (of which there is certainly no shortage) but widget styles.
I am yet to see on this entire forum a single post that you agree with.
Unfortunately, doing themes in Qt, complex one that manage color configuration, animations, shadows, good AA is not trivial stuff... And requires 2 things, Good designers, and better Coders.
Note that Oxygen Is AFIK the only QT, GTK, GTK2 theme that exists, and that loses no reconfigurability or significant features in any of the engines...
Its not the most exiting theme in the world, it was design to last the entire 4.x series, far more than any KDE theme until today. and doing that without becoming annoying or distractive wile pushing the frontiers of what we do and how we arrange apps in KDE.... I must say that I believe Oxygen to be a massive success, Never in KDE history as a theme lasted this long and pleasing so many, and at the same time being so discretely innovative in the amount of things a theme does in OSS.
With the advent of QML and QML components that might change... But don't expect anything revolutionary, in terms of volume of themes, Good configurable themes are still alot of work, specially if they are meant to be colorable..
Soon we will start talking about KDE 5.0 and what needs to be done for that, honestly Wen i started This fantastic experience I said I would only do the 4.x series and im not sure what will happen next, but I hope its something Fantastic.
Overall I'm incredibly happy with of he job we managed to do with a incredible small team of volunteers.
I will keep on working on oxygen several facets up until the last day of its existence.
Oxygen is a good default theme that need polish some rought edges, like IMHO the abuse of rounded corners, the use of rect corners here and there would make it more elegant.
Even though I use bespin from time to time I must say that I really like the overall default look of KDE4. To me it is by far the best DE of them all. Are there some glitches that should be fixed? Yes, there are. But if I weight all things together nor Windows 7 nor OS X are as good to me, despite both of them be very good too.
Thank you very much for all effort you, the oxygen team and all other developers have put on creating KDE4.