Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 20:54 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Gnome "Theme development is a tedious and difficult task, and for the GTK devs to be so careless in breaking their API at every turn disrespects the many hours people put into making themes for it. [...] I was given to believe that this breakage stems from a Microsoft-like climate of preventing users from customizing their systems, and deliberately breaking the work of others so that your 'brand' is the best. Anytime I hear the word 'brand' being used in Linux, I know something valuable is being poisoned." I find the tone of this one a bit too harsh and overly negative at times, but his point still stands.
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RE[9]: Why not use Qt?
by ssokolow on Fri 9th Nov 2012 04:54 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Why not use Qt?"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21


I think it is mostly 3D shiny gradients, squared raised elements etc that annoy me. That being said, I like android's holo themeing, and think that the iPhone looks cheap and dated in comparison, due to things like the 3D bubbles in messaging, etc. Very 2000s style kitsch.


I'm not sure I'd use it on a non-touchscreen device but I definitely agree that Holo is probably the most elegant look and feel for touch in existence.

...and that 3D bubbles were NEVER stylish.


Your customizations sound great, they sound as though they address most of my issues.


I'm a bit overdue for bed but I'll see if I can find time tomorrow morning to pull together some screenshots and links to the resources I'm using.


Differing usage, I suppose.I mostly hold down alt and drag from anywhere in the window when I want to move or resize.
I also use mostly full or tiled windows, without much stacking. I'd use a TWM if any had the HUD and dash.


It depends. I don't always have my left hand free to hold Alt.

I have actually been wanting to set up a hybrid tiling-floating WM but I haven't had time to program AwesomeWM or to learn enough Haskell to make Bluetile less GNOMEish.

(I have two kinds of windows. The stuff like Firefox which takes up the entirety of one of my two 1280x1024 monitors and the stuff like MPlayer which tends to be floated over the least important region of one of my applications.)

Ah. I can relate. Since getting used to vim in the terminal only 8 months or so ago, I am addicted.


*nod* Originally, I chose it because it was the least of several evils. (Eric3 was too distracting, Eclipse was too distracting and heavy, SciTE had no command line, GTK+ Emacs felt even less native than gVim and had more alien keybindings, Gedit and nano weren't programmable, etc.)

However, now, I can't imagine programming without it. It's light, fast, there are a ton of useful plugins, and no other editor I know of lets me type ":gui" to release my terminal for other uses.

Speaking of which, if you ever want to check out my vimrc or plugin load-out, they're up on GitHub and .vimrc contains a reference for most of the keybinds I actually use:

https://github.com/ssokolow/profile/blob/master/home/

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RE[10]: Why not use Qt?
by zima on Fri 9th Nov 2012 05:10 in reply to "RE[9]: Why not use Qt?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm a bit overdue for bed but I'll see if I can find time tomorrow morning to pull together some screenshots and links to the resources I'm using.

I would also appreciate it, especially the tray icons stuff.

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RE[10]: Why not use Qt?
by woegjiub on Fri 9th Nov 2012 05:26 in reply to "RE[9]: Why not use Qt?"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

I'm a bit overdue for bed but I'll see if I can find time tomorrow morning to pull together some screenshots and links to the resources I'm using.


That would be greatly appreciated, thanks.


Speaking of which, if you ever want to check out my vimrc or plugin load-out, they're up on GitHub and .vimrc contains a reference for most of the keybinds I actually use:

https://github.com/ssokolow/profile/blob/master/home/


Thanks again. I'd share mine in return, but it is very basic due to the length of time I have been using vim.

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RE[11]: Why not use Qt?
by ssokolow on Fri 9th Nov 2012 15:26 in reply to "RE[10]: Why not use Qt?"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

Here's what my taskbar looks like.

http://i.imgur.com/sZMPH.png

The upper one is basically its default state though I believe, if the taskbar were actually that short, lxpanel wouldn't be wasting so much space inside each task button. (I screenshotted my 2560x1024 desktop and clipped out the middle of the taskbar to shrink it)

The lower one is a composite image showing all the on-hover and tray icon notification states. (Except for Deluge, which uses blinking rather than an alternate icon to grab your attention.)

The chat icon is Pidgin and mail icon is Thunderbird with the FireTray extension.

It's all accomplished either by using the LXPanel config dialogs or by putting files in ~/.local/share and ~/.trinity (KDE 3) to override or extend the system Elementary icon theme.

https://github.com/ssokolow/profile/tree/master/home/.local/share/im...
https://github.com/ssokolow/profile/tree/master/home/.local/share/ic...
https://github.com/ssokolow/profile/tree/master/home/.trinity/share/...

For the most part, the normal states are Elementary panel icons meant for a light panel background while the notification ones are their dark background counterparts, but there are a few tweaked Faenza panel icons in there too.

I've blogged about the rationale for this approach (back before I polished it up this much) if you want to see more about how I use it: (For example, Audacious's tray icon doubles as a volume knob via the scroll wheel)

http://blog.ssokolow.com/archives/2012/02/15/polishing-up-the-lubun...

I've also blogged about the (imperfect) process I used to adjust the Faenza icons if you find yourself needing more:

http://blog.ssokolow.com/archives/2012/02/14/converting-faenza-pane...

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