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Old 05-09-2008, 02:16 AM   #1
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How can I control the appearance of the desktop beyond basic settings?


I feel like I'm in Windows again... How can I get my desktop to look how I want?

(ex) This person designed this desktop (but only in theory) How would I make a desktop like this a reality?

http://www.gnome-look.org/CONTENT/co...e1/45837-1.jpg

I realize this might be hard (I haven't seen a lot of people doing it) but if you point me in the right direction I'd really appreciate it.

Also, right now I have a GNOME desktop evironment- but if another one give me more flexibility I'd be thrilled to switch.
 
Old 05-09-2008, 02:19 AM   #2
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(ex) This person designed this desktop (but only in theory) How would I make a desktop like this a reality?
That link isn't a theme, it's a mockup. It means there's no such look now. For futuristic look you can try Enlightment (E17) desktop environment.
 
Old 05-09-2008, 02:21 AM   #3
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That link isn't a theme, it's a mockup. It means there's no such look now. For futuristic look you can try Enlightment (E17) desktop environment.
I know.. and I'm not asking for how to get something that looks nice (I've found many I really like) but I'm asking how to control it. I don't like relying on other people's creativity to get close to what I want- I would rather learn how do it and get exactly what I want.
 
Old 05-09-2008, 02:26 AM   #4
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Gnome is not designed to be minutely configurable. It can be done by editing the XML behind the themes etc. At some stage you will always be limited by the designers choices.

The jpeg you link to looks like fluxbox - though, I think, XFce can be rigged a bit like that.

You can get quite close to that layout gnome. Start with two panels, transparent background, not expanded. Use the tango bluo icons. You are 80% there.

The pull out boxes can be handled using panel draws, which can have a transparent background, and custom icons. I don't think it's a very difficult mod.

For high levels of control, you will be looking for a gui with text-files to edit for everything. E16 is highly configurable like that, so is fluxbox.

http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/
The supporters seem to like the level of control you are given.

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Old 05-09-2008, 02:39 AM   #5
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thanks

I think that was what I was looking for ... that sounds easier than I was thinking it would be.
 
Old 05-09-2008, 03:52 AM   #6
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If you're into *box-es, might want to give OpenBOX a look too. Alas, FVWM is pretty darn customizable.
 
Old 05-09-2008, 01:39 PM   #7
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_In principle_, this appearance is possible to tweak - propably not with a recent out-of-the-box Gnome, maybe with KDE 4 - I don't know how fine-grained the styling options actually are.

If you take a closer look, it's more or less some transparent menu-, alert- and monitoring stuff - instead of just seeing a text message on the console "You've got new mail", you wrap around some fancy GUI stuff and instead of popping up some regular drop-down menu for your files, you've got something nicely shaped and transparent.

The most configurable window manager I know is indeed fvwm - in combination with "Metisse" ("the other 3D desktop stuff from France") and their patched fvwm-version "nucleo" you should be able to create this kind of desktop.

Things like composite enabled "screenlets" and the "Cairo Clock" will add more little gadgets with this certain transparent, glossy look.

Fvwm is indeed exceptionally cool and flexibel, but you _really_ have to read documentation, it's not a click-once-and-look-good windowmanager.

Metisse: http://insitu.lri.fr/metisse/docs/running.html
Cairo Clock: http://macslow.thepimp.net/?page_id=23
Screenlets: http://www.screenlets.org
 
Old 05-09-2008, 06:30 PM   #8
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Gnome tuning is not very fine-grained... however, the rounded corners in the jpg are all that cannot be done. I can recreate the effect - though I suspect that the artist has a more dynamic collection in mind.
 
  


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