Clean up default theme and wallpaper collection

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at
Thu Jun 23 11:56:21 CEST 2011

On 06/23/2011 09:40 AM, Nick Schermer wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:16 AM, Pasi Lallinaho
> <pasi at> wrote:
>> On 06/23/2011 12:56 AM, Nick Schermer wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM, Pasi Lallinaho
>>> <pasi at> wrote:
>>>> I just added a new item in the Design SIG wiki.
>>>> The Xfce default collection of themes (both GTK and xfwm) and wallpapers
>>>> is a bit out-of-date. We really should make it 2011.
>>> Well the desktop will be a new module for 4.10 (if everything goes as
>>> planned), but imho we should just have 1 nice Xfce wallpaper (big for
>>> 2012 screens) and nothing else. It only increases the package size and
>>> most people will change it anyway.
>> Okay, so why isn't this in the design SIG wikipage yet? :)
> Finish one thing before starting the other? I don't know, up to
> Jannis. I think we still need some deeper thoughts how to integrate
> this in thunar before focusing on the looks, although the discussion
> can already be started.
I added this on the proposed projects.
>>>> This would mean removing a bunch of the old looking themes and include
>>>> some new; I'm proposing to include the Shimmer themes, which have had
>>>> good feedback when used as Xubuntu default themes.
>>> The only themes are a bunch of them in the gtk engine, but for example
>>> the shimmer themes depend on the murrine engine, not a dependency we
>>> want for the core.
>> Right, I didn't consider that.
>>> That doesn't mean there is room for improvement, but the Xfce core
>>> doesn't need to become a complete xunbuntu layout as well.
>> Yes, I agree. The idea is not to make the core Xubuntu layout, but
>> provide the user some theme choices which they really can consider using.
>> I'm not saying this because I think the Shimmer themes are better than
>> anything else but because the default themes in Xfce right now are quite
>> ugly, and I couldn't really use those ever. And I think many people
>> think the same.
> I agree. I never use the Xfce themes as well, in fact, the whole thing
> will get better when we switch to gtk3, but that not on the target
> list of 4.10, so we need a "decent" mid solution for 4.10, without
> putting new stuff in the Xfce core packages.
I hope it will get better. Anyway, whatever comes around, I'm sure we'll
support GTK3 as soon as possible with the Shimmer themes, so the
solution doesn't need to look completely temporary for the users, since
they'll see the same themes even when GTK3 jumps in.
>> There is probably quite little that the design SIG can do about this, if
>> there is no consensus across the Xfce developers. I think the question
>> simply is if the Xfce developer team wants Xfce core to be as small as
>> possible and strip all dependencies, or, are they willing to add a
>> rather small dependency to be able to ship themes that bring Xfce looks
>> closer to what is objectively considered good-looking in 2011.
> Well a possibility is to make shimmer-releases on (dig up
> xfce4-themes?) and make an advise to distros to include this package
> in the xfce-group of their distro (and that package will depend on
> murrine). That's more or less the same as we do now with the
> gtk-xfce-engine, but that includes both themes and the engine.
That sounds fine. Distro packagers, how does this sound for you?
> This basically puts the shimmer project under the xfce-wing, we can
> discuss how to do that (only tarballs on, also on
> etc).
As long as Shimmer Project does not fall under the Xfce bureaucracy, I
think it's fine to be associated with Xfce, since we *do* love it and
want to help.

Right now I think the best solution would be only tarballs, since we do
have other projects in Git that do not fall under the Xfce category, and
it would be best for us if all the repositories would sit on one place
(currently Github).
> Anyway, not only for me do decide if this is a good solution, but it
> is a flexible one for sure. It requires a one-liner in xfce4-settings
> to make the whole switch.
Sure, let's wait for others to take part in the discussion. It's good to
hear the switch is technically trivial, though.
> Nick
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