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Old 02-14-2004, 07:52 AM   #1
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make interface look better


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

anyone has any thoughts on this?
 
Old 02-14-2004, 08:02 AM   #2
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Fedora looks pretty good straight out the box.

And after two minutes of tinkering:
http://www.ilikejam.dsl.pipex.com/screenshots.htm

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Old 02-14-2004, 08:37 AM   #3
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lol that does look good i have to admit but i wonder if i can get mandrake 9.2 looking somewhat like that any ideas?
 
Old 02-14-2004, 08:50 AM   #4
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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.
 
Old 02-14-2004, 08:58 AM   #5
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Also, I have to add the obligatory "why should we want a standard linux desktop to look like windows?"
I'll agree with that.
XP just looks ridiculous. First thing I do with any XP comp is disable all that visual nonsense. Its form without substance.
 
Old 02-14-2004, 09:14 AM   #6
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i disabled the XP look and understand what you all are saying but i am just stating a fact that nicer deafult theems if i should say should be packaged into KDE desktop
 
Old 02-14-2004, 01:26 PM   #7
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bigVoice is right - kde-look.org has some fantastic themes / icon sets etc.

Having said that, KDE 3.2 does come packaged with some really nice icons and background images without having to download them seperately.

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Old 02-14-2004, 01:30 PM   #8
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My poor gnome desktop is all left out
 
Old 02-14-2004, 01:33 PM   #9
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well forgive me for been so nigh-eave but am not 100% linux orientated just yet although am enjoying tweaking it etc
 
Old 02-14-2004, 01:37 PM   #10
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well forgive me for been so nigh-eave but am not 100% linux orientated just yet although am enjoying tweaking it etc

There's absolutely nothing to forgive! We all got started by asking questions and relying on each other. It's "the Linux way" (tm)

If you need specific help, don't be afraid to search these forums or ask us!
 
Old 02-14-2004, 07:00 PM   #11
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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.
 
Old 02-14-2004, 07:31 PM   #12
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ilikejam

lol that does look good i have to admit but i wonder if i can get mandrake 9.2 looking somewhat like that any ideas?



check this out, u may like it:


http://www.uselinuxathome.com/ENkdelook.htm
 
Old 02-17-2004, 08:25 PM   #13
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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!)
 
  


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