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why as developers for linux can't they make the interfaces look a a bit more appealing to the eye like how MS has with windows XP and a good set of font packes that will intergrade nicely into the system sure would go down nicely
Sure you can get Mandrake looking like that. What specifically do you need to know? Generally, visit www.kde-look.org and you'll find a bunch of nifty icons sets and karamba themes.
Also, I have to add the obligatory "why should we want a standard linux desktop to look like windows?" Truthfully, MS does a lot of things "right", but they also do a lot of things wrong, and I think the aim is always to take the good and not the bad.
It's my opinion that both Windows and KDE are butt ugly. The few times I use Windows I've got Xoblite as my shell...much sweeter than Explorer....and Fluxbox on Linux. Not only are these more visually appealing, but they're much easier on resources.
Originally posted by mikshaw It's my opinion that both Windows and KDE are butt ugly. The few times I use Windows I've got Xoblite as my shell...much sweeter than Explorer....and Fluxbox on Linux. Not only are these more visually appealing, but they're much easier on resources.
This is one of the things I like about this OS. You can make your desktop as spartan or as drippy-loaded as you want. I've usually got KDE installed because I happen to like what GUI tools it does provide (and Gnome, because I have the disk space). But, I usually have fluxbox and Windowmaker installed as well (but I almost prefer Afterstep to WM). XFCEs not my taste, but UWM is. If you like the clenliness and efficiency of Fluxbox, perhaps you'd like UWM even more.
There was a font question.....the answer to that is $$$$. To avoid legal hot water and to avoid charging for licenced technology, the free offerings of Linux leave the Apple hinting turned off in the freetype module. if you want to reenable it, you just have to change the flag and recompile. Thakes about 20 minutes. That is if you want to...for good fonts, import them from your windows install (I'd love to know what cabs they are in on the CD so I didn't have to install win at all to get the fonts. BTW does anyone at all know which cabs to extract the fonts from on their windows cd? I paid for those fonts and they're expensive!)