Garrett LeSage published some screenshots of the recent redhat-artwork/Bluecurve updates. In other art news, new version of the Gnome Themes Extras is released. Wasp, especially, is very nice.
Red Hat Art and Gnome Themes
Submitted by Thomas 2003-08-19 Graphics 40 Comments
Amaranth looks great. Does anyone know what music browser is in use with the screen-shot?
Also, this is just what Gnome2 needs, some excellent eye-candy that can make it stand-out against the excellent themes of KDE.
these look great. at the risk of sparking a flamewar, is there anyone who can honestly say that KDE looks better than these shots?
Is it me or does that look like an OS we know quite well?
Ick, Bluecurve. Personal opinion more than anything for sure, but it is a hideous looking beast. Quite an eyesore. I’ve heard that it works for some people though…
Amaranth has been around for KDE for a very long time already..
How does one get their terminal windows to use transparency?
Transparency can be turned on in Gnome Terminal in the Profile settings near the backround image options I believe.
The music browser is Rhythmbox.
DaaT is right, it looks like the t-shirt has a Zeta logo on it.
From the description of Wasp, from the themes page:
Last, but not least is the Wasp metatheme. This theme takes its inspiration from the original look of BeOS, but it is in no way meant as a clone of that desktop.
>> is there anyone who can honestly
>> say that KDE looks better than these shots?
Yup, me! While I prefer using Gnome, the KDE crystal icons are way better than anything I’ve been for Gnome so far. Bluecurve is just ..too gloomy, man. Not to worry though, this is linux, and while using gnome, I always replace bluecurve icons with the Kde-crystal ones
look great. at the risk of sparking a flamewar, is there anyone who can honestly say that KDE looks better than these shots?
In one word, yes. I know it’s a matter of personall opinion, but I don’t like the GTK-style look .. at all.
I just wish they’d get set the same graphics in the Xs in the Tabs(as seen in the first screenshot). It’s very nice. But then BlueCurve has always been nice to look at.
I really like these SVG themes. My favorite is currently Gorilla (very easy on the eyes), but Wasp looks good too (great icons). Amaranth looks like it could use a bit of polish, but it is looking good so far.
As far as KDE vs. Gnome is concerned, I much prefer the more conservative default look of Gnome to the KDE default look, but both are fully themeable so they can be made to look however you want. Pretty much a non-issue unless you are the type of person that sticks with the defaults.
It looks ok I guess. Between Gnome and KDE, KDE wins hands down on looks and functionality for me. Yeah its windows like but much more intuitive than any windows. I however use blackbox now. I really love Blackbox because its so minimal and you can get it looking great.
I know windows is a decent layout, but i think KDE and Gnome can be revolutionary…as long as they don’t get obsessed with making it the next windows desktop.
Nice to see that they finally got Mc Clintock’s fine Beos icons released as SVG.
That is cool Darius it is one good thing about choice in Linux.
You don’t like the look and feel of Gnome and I don’t like the look and feel of KDE and its all good. We each can get what we want and be done with it. (Despite what some desktop-war trolls may think.)
Very nice looking and a good improvement without shocking users with too much difference. My only problem is that they made the window buttons (close, maximize, minimize) smaller. I liked how they took up the entire top bar in the original bluecurve. It made them amazingly simple to click (especially when the window was maximized). Sure these ones may look better, but they provide less functionality. I would revert to the old style buttons before the next RH release.
Amaranth = Dull, muted, and drab. Think “the perfect PC for a beige cubicle” and you’ve got the midset that created it.
Bluecurve = Still painfull to look at. Nice touch rounding the bottom corners of the windows (I wish more themes took the time to do this), but it’s still got this 1993-esque look about it. I need more visual stimulation, more eye-candy, if I’m to be expected to look at a screen all day and not want to kill myself.
Looks great. Bluecurve is definetly the nicest general theme going in linux and having Red Hat unify Gnome and KDE apps the way they did was a really smart move. It makes using all the disparate apps seemless. For those of you who think everyone BUT Red Hat is allowed to modify free GPL’d software in anyway they want, get a clue.
I need more visual stimulation, more eye-candy, if I’m to be expected to look at a screen all day and not want to kill myself.
I hardly even notice the window decorations most of the time. I guess I keep busy enough not to notice them. I don’t usually pay attention as I pay more attention to the content of the windows, rather than the eye-candy. Sure I do change the defaults, but after I change them, I hardly notice anymore. I pay more attention to the content behind the eye-candy.
at the risk of sparking a flamewar, is there anyone who can honestly say that KDE looks better than these shots?
It’s not very hard to have a better theme than KDEs default, I mean, just lool at that KDE clock with the digital-like numbers. *YUK*. But I still like KDE better though, all you need is a better theme.
when trying to show off new themes, is there any point in doing so with small windows on top of a huge detailed background image that compresses poorly? all of the new content here could have easily been placed into a single image without all kinds of wasted space.
Hi Kompressor…. Here are a few pictures of my desktop… The wallpaper on each of the four desktops rotates every 15 minutes to another picture from National Geographic.
Hmmmm That looks just like my xp home box:
and here’s how keramik looks on xp and some other screenies I posted in some other osnews thread yesterday
I would have posted some kde screeshots but I only use linux at work 8^)
While I do appreciate the improvements in the eye candy area that GNOME is getting day by day, I still think that KDE beats it hands down (IMHO).
This is a quite old screenshot of my current desktop: http://rogerio.ifxwh.com.br/blender/screenshot.png
This is KDE 3.1 with Mosfet´s High Performance Liquid theme, Everaldo´s Crystal icons, the AquaOSX window decoration theme available at http://www.kde-look.org and a QuickTime-like theme for XMMS. The color scheme here is a little bit darker than the default because I think it is too bright.
Please note that it is not a mockup. The AquaOSX window decoration actually uses a hack to render shadows in the windows open at the desktop. Unfortunately, it doesn´t works very well when you move those windows and the author tell us that. Nonetheless, it is very pleasing to the eyes.
Also, there are several good themes available at KDE-Look. I still don´t understand why something so awful as Keramik was chosen as default theme for KDE, but that´s another story.
Does anyone know if there are any differences in themeing capabilities between KDE and Gnome? I’m curious about technical capabilities of the theme systems. Is there any reason why they could not be unified? Both projects are producing some great artwork. It is a shame that so much effort gets wasted porting themes back and forth.
The new Bluecurve theme has some nice updated eye-candy updates while not being Bloted.
But Now, The “start” Menu is “HUGE!”. Is it because I have to update a component from Rawhide?
Bluecurve is for KDE and GNOME. They have basically the same theming capabilities. Redhat and Mandrake both have unified desktops.
There is another shot of Amaranth. I thikn it is a very sober non-distracting theme. USe it for a day and see what I mean. Perfect for thoe who do not necessarily like bright ‘shouting’ colors
Odd, I run Debian Sid and the Gnomes-themes-extra .2 had an Amaranth theme that I absolutely love. http://fnord.dynu.com/Screenshot.png but they changed it totally! I had to rip the theme out of the .deb package of 0.2 to get it back again, changed the name to sweetsilver and have it back I use the Nature icon set that can be found on art.gnome.org It’s a pretty snazzy looking desktop without having too much eye-candy and isn’t boring either. Now if I could just make a KDE theme for it to match…. is there a utility made yet that’ll do that? If not, there should be….
can these be installed or compiled and used while i’m using XD2?
can these be installed or compiled and used while i’m using XD2?
Yes. but they were giving me trouble. Yu might need to specify the installation prefix, or wait for rpms.
I like the pictures but I still use wmx, twm and some
days enlightenment. (I personally hate eye candy ) When I
edit (code docs etc) the window is full screen. I spend
such little time interfacing with the gui I just don’t
care for the candy. Must mean I’m old. sigh. I guess I
will crawl back to a vt100.
by the may They look nice I wish though, Linux had an Aqua interface, maybe the next enlighenment release…
Hmm, think you should hit your Debian maintainer over the head
with something hard as that version of Amaranth was never released, it was only in CVS. It was mostly meant as a placeholder until we got the real stuff in place. The Metacity theme and GTK+ theme in your screenshot is called 6nome, and is available from the freshmeat theme site I think.
The Redhat distro gets nicer and nicer. It took some time but it’s hard to deny the great amount of GUI polishing they have introduced since 8.0
Next GUI challenge is a Desktop GUI without a flood of little artistic colorful icons all over. Don’t you feel like your Desktop is an icons zoo? Even if you try to keep them under control, every single app, every gadget, every file, every menu seeks to show you its cutest icon art. ICONS, ICONS, ICONS, ICONS,…, ICONS. Funny thing that some people long for even more “eye candy”. MORE??? The icon virus is getting to the point of a “Where is Wally?” game.
I always visualize an iconless Desktop (or at least without such an icon flood) as an integrated Personal Information Manager (PIM) like the one designed in Haystack, used to control the whole system.
That explains why the package was called gnome-themes-extras_0.2+20030719-1_all.deb since that represents that it is a CVS package. I really like that theme though, thanks for the pointer.
So “m” have you taken a look at the following. Maybe it is more what you are thinking …
Nice to see a few South Africans on this site. I assume you are south african as it seems you have a UCT email address.
Anyway the gnome themes tarball when compile after using a default ./configure installs into /usr/local/. You can see that during the make install console output or by reading ./configure –help.
Using ./configure –prefix=/usr solved the problem for me.
That assumes you are using /usr for your gnome installation as Redhat does. If you are using SuSE or a distro that uses /opt/gnome2 for gnome then you will need to use
Looks nice! and has a very clean professional look!!! Hmmm!! Wasp (Looks like YellowTab) and they reckon it is not meant to look like BeOS (still nice though)