4.4 default look

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at xfce.org
Tue Jan 24 19:32:01 CET 2006

Hi Brian, hi all,

Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> Saw your messages in #xfce-dev about your new suggested look[1].  I'm
> fine with using xfce-smoke, though I'm not too sure about the default
> color change to the green tones...  I really like the blue ^_^.  What do
> you think?

Well, my post yesterday on #xfce-dev was really meant to open up 
discussion :) It has reached that goal somehow now on this list.

Here is what drove me to that proposal:

1) I think pale colors fits better current LCD screens. Smoother 
contrasts, light colors etc.

2) I think light blue (in the buttons and menus) gives some positive 
impressions. Not dark, sad, but light and sunny.

3) The backdrop is usually blue. Well even most of the time blue. I 
think we could explore some change here. We got blue everywhere, all the 
time. So what are the other options? Brown, humm, too clearlooks, 
yellow, red? Inappropriate I think.... So, we're left with green. The 
green could be lighter. Depends on the image. xfce-smoke looks better 
with dark colors, thus the dark green. xfce-stripes fit better with 
lighter colors IMO.

I'd really like people to submit their thoughs in the form of a modified 
theme. That's why I also included the gtkrc file used to get that theme 


Changing and modifying a gtk theme is pretty straightforward. Just edit 
the gtkrc file with your favorite text editor and start playing with the 

> I guess this also begs the question of whether or not xfdesktop will be
> the default desktop manager in 4.4.  If Benny will have the desktop view
> ready for Thunar 1.0, that's another option.  I of course would prefer
> xfdesktop as the default for obvious biased reasons (and perhaps a
> couple minor objective ones ^_~), but now we have a couple choices.

I haven't talk to Benny for months I think, but I don't think we'll have 
desktop view in Thunar. Maybe Benny can sched our light on this. I'm 
relly not pushig for it if it cost any additional delay....

> [1]http://www.foo-projects.org/~olivier/preview/Default-4.4-proposal/Default-4.4-proposal.png


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