Ideas for 4.2: themes

edscott wilson garcia edscott at
Mon Dec 1 19:27:40 CET 2003

On Sat, 2003-11-29 at 05:52, Jasper Huijsmans wrote:
> Hey all,
> Here's another idea.
> To me it doesn't really make sense to have all these theme packages in
> our CVS. For one, they will not change all that much and secondly, it's
> a bit all or nothing and I would prefer people to be able to pick and
> choose from the available themes. Also, we should encourage other people
> to create themes and make them available for general use.

Definitely a good idea. All themable xfce programs should probably use
the same module/library to avoid work duplication and keep things simple
and organised.

> All of this is IMO better served by placing them on a theme site and
> advertise this on our website and in the documentation. The packages in
> CVS will have a few basic themes included, while for further
> customizations we refer to the theme site. This may even improve
> visibility of xfce, when lots of people start posting themes.
> I could be wrong though, since gnome seems to have decided they need
> their gnome-themes/gnome-themes-extra packages to bundle some nice
> themes.

> Olivier wanted to become our 'official' repository and
> that sounds fine to me. It seems to be a very nice theme site.
> Apparently the guy who runs it needs an icon for the xfce category;
> because the category icons are really small I think the favicon that
> Francois created for the website would be a very good candidate.
> We need to have a good look at our themes, decide which ones to include
> by default and post the others separately on 
> If we decide to do this, it might be a good idea to warn
> about it ;-)
> Related to this we might consider putting the user themes in the same
> location for all modules. Currently xfwm4 places the themes in
> ~/.themes/xfwm4 while the panel and (I presume) xffm put them in
> ~/.xfce4/ . 
> ~/.themes/<themename>/<program> seen to be a bit of a standard, so we
> could decide to use that, but I don't feel too strongly about this.
> Eventually, we may want to start using the base-directory spec from
> for our file locations (I haven't actually looked to see
> how it will affect us).
> All comments are welcome.
> 	Jasper
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