what is gtk? and help required with adding icon themes for gnome in Debian (Sarge)
First of all about my system information, i am using Debian Sarge stable release and gnome as my main window system. Also, i must admin that i am very new to linux and adding themes/enhancements. Before posting here i tried to find some basic information/tutorial about installing or using the readymade available themes from various sites but i couldnt find anything exact that i was looking for.
Recently, I was came through a link for gnome themes(please let me know if there are any more such good sites for themes and stuff) and browsing for themes from http://www.gnome-look.org/ and there i see that there are two main sections for windowing themes GTK 1.x and GTK 2.x. My first question is what is GTK and what is the difference between these two? Are they just two different version's of GTK and if yes then how do i find the version that i am using in my gnome?
Also, i recently downloaded this icon theme(Etiquette Icons) from:
I tried to install it from Gnome Main Menu:
:scratch: Later, i thought that maybe the problem might be with the theme itself so i tried download few other icon themes, but still none of them worked and so i think my installation procedure itself is wrong. So, can anyone please tell me how to install themes in gnome?
I am sorry if my question sounds stupid but i couldnt get any help from googling.
Thanks in advance.
Gtk is gimp tool kit. I do not subscribe to installing themes before the basics of linux are mastered. Then, if there is absolutely nothing better to do, add some themes. You might start with "man tar" to learn how to extract the .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 file so you can actually install themes from it. Installing themes is no substitute for productive work. Linux is like a graceful woman. Before she does anything for you, you have to know her secrets. Unlike a woman, linux has the "man" program. There is also "xman".
Since you're using gnome, you can simply double-click the theme package file (the tar.bz or tar.gz) and then look at the readme file. There are different installation methods for different themes, although it is usually as simple as you described-- pointing to the "tarball" (the tar.gz) file and Gnome will unpack and install the theme for you. Once the theme is installed however, you still will need to select it. Some themes however, will have you manually extract the files and copy them to the appropriate folder in your home directory.
Since the theme you're looking at is an "icon theme", you can't just select that "theme". You have to click "theme details" and the the "icons" tab. That particular theme only changes your icons. There are also "controls" themes which chance the controls and "window borders" which change the appearance of the window border and titlebar.
I typically download many themes and piece together a custom theme using the Gnome untility you described.
As for GTK+, it's the graphics library used by Gnome and many of it's applications. The version of GTK+ you *likely* have is 2.6.x or possibly 2.8.x. You should be downloading the 2.6 themes not the 1.2 themes (unless your distro is pretty old and/or hasn't been updated in some time). But sinse you're new to Linux, you've probably got a fresh installation.
First of all thanks MicahCarrick for the helpful reply and AwesomeMachine I am already good with the basics and stuff on linux. I am sorry that my question was little confusing and i didn't mention about my knowledge in linux. I am very well aware with basics and can do all the extracting, user permissions and stuff. From my question i wanted to say that i am new to applying themes/enhancements to gnome windows system. I have now been using linux since few months and all this time i tried to learn and get acquainted with my debian system. And now i feel that with this knowledge i can start enhancing my gnome.
Anyways, regarding my problem.. I found the version of GTK on my system using the following method (i am not sure if there is any other method also):
It worked for me. I'm using gtk 2.6 and Gnome 2.10 on Fedora. This is what I did after downloading the file:
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