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Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:49 am

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Hello,


This is my theming proposal for Linux Mint 10 KDE. I will post the screenshots with the description underneath.
All items mentioned will also contain download links should they not be available in the repos.
The idea was to mimic the new Mint-X theme as much as possible, but with blue tones rather than green.


Wallpaper: I just changed the hue on kampongboy92 (one of the default wallpapers in Mint 10) and put
some motion blur on it to cover the ugliness resulting from the process. Just found out who the original author
was -- kampongboy92 -- and also that he already made a blue version, so I propose his version instead and won't
be linking to mine anymore.


Plasma theme: Slim Glow
(The author claims the theme was part of the kdeartwork package. I didn't check that though).

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Style: QtCurve (Mint-X-KDE Theme made by myself)

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-> Works great on both Gnome and KDE and makes for a very consistent appearance.

QtCurve was not inheriting the icon theme properly, but I fixed that. Compare this
screenshot which has Abiword (GTK) on the left and KWrite (KDE) on the right:

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The problem was that QtCurve cannot inherit other icons than Oxygen for the controls, menus and
buttons. The trick is to turn off QtCurve's icon inheriting in the theme (I fixed the QtCurve
theme I made, so just redownload it) and then also set the GTK theme manually in a
gtkrc. I suggest making a global gtkrc which resides in /etc/gtkrc-2.0 and then just
symlinking or copying it for every user on the system. Since I have no idea how to set
QtCurve themes globally, I just loaded the theme for the root user. That way apps
that require sudo also have the same theme (mintupdate, synaptic, ...).

Here is the gtkrc:

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gtk-theme-name="QtCurve"
gtk-font-name="Ubuntu 9"
gtk-icon-theme-name="Faenza-KDE"
gtk-toolbar-style=GTK_TOOLBAR_ICONS     #Only icons in toolbars


Make sure it's on your system as the following files:

/etc/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
~/.gtkrc-2.0 (of course, for every user on the system)
/root/.gtkrc-2.0


Colour scheme: Mint-X-KDE-blue (also by myself)

I've also made a green scheme (Mint-X-KDE) to mimic the original Gnome theme.


Icons: Faenza Cupertino for KDE


Fonts: Ubuntu size 9 (bold for the window titles), DejaVu Sans Mono 9 for fixed

Panel clock font: URW Gothic L Demi-Bold


Suggested Chromium theme: elementary

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Consider all my work to be GPL.


Comments and especially any help are very welcome. :) Thank you!



EDIT: Might this logo actually be better? The little dots sort of bugged me. The single cog wheel is much better IMHO:

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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:56 am

EDIT: Forgot to mention the wallpaper. Fixed. :)
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:50 am

EDIT: Found out who made the wallpaper. Fixed.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:12 am

EDIT: Added better logo proposal.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:22 pm

EDIT: Fixed QtCurve icon inheriting problem.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby BostonPeng on Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:39 pm

I tried to get your Mint-X-KDE Theme but I'm getting a 404 error. It looks like a pretty sweet look except for the Faenza icons. I've yet to want to jump on that particular bandwagon.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:01 pm

Thanks for your input! I just checked all links and all of them work for me. Maybe it was temporary? Can you try again?
What was the exact link that didn't work (there are 3 links I provide here, the others are links by other authors.)?

Regarding Faenza -- I think the theme is wonderful, but wouldn't mind going all the way and maybe creating a hybrid
icon theme just like on Mint 10 Gnome, where you have mostly Faenza and then maybe Elementary folder themes or
even the Oxygen folder themes. With Oxygen, I don't like those green arrow buttons, and a lot of the icons that actually
reside on buttons or in menus. They just look a little subpar.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby BostonPeng on Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:05 pm

It must have been a temp glitch like the forums have been giving me off and on today. I have it now. Thanks for checking it.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:10 pm

@BostonPeng: LOL, it turns out I actually took the last logo proposal from your blog post on Linux Mint KDE 9. :)
Just realized that when I clicked on the link. Actually, Google image search found the logo.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby BostonPeng on Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:14 pm

Sweet! I'm glad I could contribute something. lol I ended up finding it in my icons sets since I couldn't find the bugger online anywhere.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby GhoS on Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:21 pm

I really like the looks of most of the theme. Very nice work. Definitely prefer the darker theme myself.

One note though when you edit your post, simply put the edits in the original, no reason to have a separate post regarding edits.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:38 pm

Sorry, is that against forum policy? If so, I apologize. I'll keep it in mind.
Usually, I do that to bump the post when there are changes. Thanks for the
feedback.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:10 pm

Just to add that QT3 apps look equally good, should you have any of those lying around. LOL :)

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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby kanishka on Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:56 pm

Very elegant and consistent, congratulations!
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby canci on Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:57 pm

Thanks! :D
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby _unidentified_ on Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:48 am

Wow, I would love to see this as default in Mint 10 KDE. I have used the main edition since Mint 8, but I believe that I am going to switch to KDE when Julia KDE is released.
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Re: Linux Mint 10 KDE Theming Proposal

Postby jesica on Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:42 am

nice :mrgreen:
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