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Linux - by kids and for kids. The small thing.

Posted 03-14-2009 at 09:32 PM by AGer

The upgrade to KDE 4.2.1 and XFCE 4.6, being very successful all by itself, made me sure that Linux still is, well, childish. The big problem - how come desktop beauty does not play well with video -is discussed in the previous post. here comes the smaller problem - icon schemes in XFCE are broken.

Some menu items do not have icons; two buttons in the mixer do not have icons on them. It is a minor issue that will be fixed for sure promptly, right? Wrong.

I fixed the icon for the Education entry in the Tango scheme - I find it unacceptable to have a submenu without an icon at the top level. thus, I looked at the icon scheme. I better should not.

First, it looks like the scheme is following a cross desktop manager standard. Second, it relies on symlinks and uses PNG format for icons. Consequently, it is a mess - too many directories and symlinks for anybofy but a child to hope that will work.

If the png format cannot handle images of different resolutions, how come it is used for an icon schemes? Even MS understands that and uses ico files. Looking back at the icon scheme, it is evident that the MS ico format is also deficient - there is no scalable version of an icon in it. So, instead of creating a good file format that will surpass MS, as all Linux users expected, Linux adopts a mess as a standard.

Theoretically, a mess is OK if it is generated by a tool that guarantees the mess is error free. As we can see, this is not the fact. Too professional for Linux?

This smells of doing things that are doomed to fail, like "in a modern distro user does not have to use the console". In fact, the only (the simplest, maybe) way to fix the icon scheme is the root console.

This concludes the "by kids" part. The "for kids" part is small and simple.

There are kids of all ages. Who else would spent half of the weekend running a beauty contest between desktop managers?
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