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Livening up Gnome

#1 User is offline   Chris H 

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:23 PM

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As title says, looks a little plain to me. What can I do / install to make it a bit more exciting?

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:05 AM

You could install KDE, that would pretty things up :lol2:/>

But seriously, how about installing compiz? That will give you a little eye candy.

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#3 User is offline   SilverSurfer60 

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:33 AM

You could start at http://www.GNOME-Look.org
There is plenty of eye candy there as well.
And be creative, let your talents run free.
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#4 User is offline   Chris H 

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:43 AM

Thanks all.

I should add that my graphics chipset ( Radeon M9700 ) doesn't get on well with Compiz - frequent lockups and all that.

Been having a look at gnome-look.org but a lot of what I try and do seems flakey in it's implementation. gDesklets for example, 20% of what I try and implement just doesn't work.

Will have a look at the icon sets, themes and wallpapers there.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:44 AM

I'm using screenlets, and you can install this from the Mandriva repos. Much better than gdesklets now.
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#6 User is offline   Chris H 

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 11:25 AM

Thanks Ian, will give it a go later.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:10 PM

View Postianw1974, on Oct 22 2008, 06:44 AM, said:

I'm using screenlets, and you can install this from the Mandriva repos.
I second that suggestion, as well as gnome-look.org. You could also have a look at art.gnome.org, but gnome-look has more stuff.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:16 PM

A gnome enhanement thread? B)/>

Compiz - http://www.compiz-fusion.org/

Screenlets - http://www.screenlet.../index.php/Home

For a "mac bar" there's plenty for Gnome;
Kiba Dock - http://www.kiba-dock.org/ best and most advanced dock out there. (required: compiz)
then there's Cairo Dock - http://www.cairo-dock.org/index.php
or AWN - https://launchpad.net/awn

For terminal I can recommend Tilda - http://tilda.sourcef...x.php/Main_Page

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:15 PM

Not much in the way of choice then :D/>
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:51 AM

AI is the customisation man :woot:/>

Now I know why I like Gnome, loads to play around with a customise.
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#11 User is offline   Chris H 

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 08:27 AM

View PostArtificial Intelligence, on Oct 22 2008, 07:16 PM, said:

A gnome enhanement thread? B)/>

Compiz - http://www.compiz-fusion.org/

Can't do compiz :(

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Trying them now, very nice.

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For a "mac bar" there's plenty for Gnome;
Kiba Dock - http://www.kiba-dock.org/ best and most advanced dock out there. (required: compiz)
then there's Cairo Dock - http://www.cairo-dock.org/index.php
or AWN - https://launchpad.net/awn

AWN also needs compiz. Will have a look at the Cairo Dock.

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For terminal I can recommend Tilda - http://tilda.sourcef...x.php/Main_Page

Have used Yakuake in the past, did try Tilda once but seemed a bit rough round the edges. Will try again.

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Thanks, will check out.

Thanks for the detailed reply AI, appreciated.
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 04:08 PM

to really liven it up install kde4 (kubuntu, opensuse, arch) beats the pants off the rest
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 04:12 PM

My pleasure ^_^

You can make a cool Desktop without compiz; Here's one I made without running Compiz (well it was before compiz and beryl time);

http://www.imageviper.com/displayimage/53390/0/preguildwar.jpg
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No, compiz. The fake shadow on the lower bars are from gDesklets. Then I filled up upper bar with some usefull good looking desk applets.
You can try with this one (a mac panel image which give some depth on your Desktop;
http://www.imageviper.com/displayimage/129371/0/panel.png


With some GTK2 themes (depends which engine the theme is build around). You can drop an image into the panel, so the panel uses the image as panel layout.
I know that themes build on aurora (GTK2 engine) can do that very well, though it says it's the slowest engine, but best looking IMHO. Otherwise I like to use themes that build on pixbuff.
If the aurora engine isn't available in the repo, you can get it here; http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Aur...e?content=56438

Aurora Engine;
http://www.imageviper.com/displayimage/128242/0/2008-Sep-28-pre.png
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You want your root permission applications to have the same theme as you run as a normal user and want it to change when you change themes, icons, fonts on your user account?

su
ln -s /home/USERNAME/.themes /root/.themes
ln -s /home/USERNAME/.icons /root/.icons
ln -s /home/USERNAME/.fonts /root/.fonts


Only work for custom made themes in your $home, not for themes installed globally.

This may not be a major eyecandy;

Making Audacious (music player) looking good;
http://ubuntuforums....ad.php?t=658282

http://www.imageviper.com/displayimage/121519/0/Jun08-Audacious-pre.png
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 04:18 PM

View Postjohnz, on Oct 23 2008, 06:08 PM, said:

to really liven it up install kde4 (kubuntu, opensuse, arch) beats the pants off the rest


I havn't seen any Desktop screenshot that have beaten a Gnome Desktop yet, in early days, yes. But that isn't true anymore with all thet stuff you can get to Gnome and GTK2 these days.

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 04:57 PM

The best you can get, regarding looks, on Gnome (and XFCE as well) is the Murrine themes. They make both look less ugly than they actually are (or almost pretty at times), but the truth is always the same: gtk2 is both slow and ugly, period.
Regarding icons, things are better- the Tango icon family ain't that bad, and they are also another couple of rather pretty themes.
BTW I am currently using xfce4 exclusively, but most of the times I wish it was QT4 based...
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