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Greyed
January 12th, 2009, 07:30 PM
There is one major impediment to me adopting GNome detailed here: What is This Fascination With White?
(http://greydmiyu.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/what-is-this-facination-with-white/)
Right now KDE is frustrating me and I'd like to give GNome a serious try. However, having blinding white everywhere is more of a problem than anything KDE is throwing my way. So, does anyone have a link to a decent dark theme where the text boxes aren't black on white?

Same for XFCE. Either will work at this point.

Simian Man
January 12th, 2009, 07:36 PM
Shiki Colors (http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Shiki-Colors?content=86717) is what I suggest. I install it first thing after a fresh install. Be sure to get the GTK theme and Metacity theme. Optionally the Gdm theme too.

mpsii
January 12th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Just look on www.xfce-look.org or www.gnome-look.org for dark themes. There are plenty. Try them all or make your own.

Greyed
January 12th, 2009, 07:53 PM
Just look on www.xfce-look.org (http://www.xfce-look.org) or www.gnome-look.org (http://www.gnome-look.org) for dark themes. There are plenty. Try them all or make your own.

I did. And as I noted in my blog entry they all fail to alter the text entry/reading black-on-white scheme. I am asking here not to be pointed to look as I have already. I'm asking here in case someone knows of the one theme that actually does what I ask that might be hiding in the hundreds that don't.

Greyed
January 12th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Shiki Colors (http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Shiki-Colors?content=86717) is what I suggest. I install it first thing after a fresh install. Be sure to get the GTK theme and Metacity theme. Optionally the Gdm theme too.

Nope, black on white everywhere still. Far to bright.

Greyed
January 12th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Let me show you what I mean. Attached are two images. One named too_much_white and the other is just_right.

Too much white is Nautilus in GNome with the suggested "dark" Shiki theme.

Just right is Nautilus in KDE4 with the *mutter* theme whose name eludes me at the moment.

Notice that the "Dark" GNome theme is glaring white while the KDE theme is doing a better job at dark than GNome has thus far.

I want the what KDE4 is giving me in Nautilus sans KDE4. If the theme can't do that then it is a non-starter.

Calmor
January 12th, 2009, 08:25 PM
I have SlicknesS Black as a Gnome theme...

Info and DL:
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Slickness+Black?content=73210

Sample Screenshot:
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/preview.php?preview=1&id=73210&file1=73210-1.jpg&file2=73210-2.jpg&file3=73210-3.jpg&name=Slickness+Black

It's great for text file editing (writing HTML/PHP, etc) in GEdit and Scream, less eye strain (in my opinion). There are a few others on gnome-look as well - just search for black GTK 2 themes.

It does come with its caveats though.

Almost every full-on black theme I've found through gnome-look has some issues with text. The ones that are light-gray-on-black text often have problems in Firefox on webforms that set the background textbox color, but not the foreground color - often giving you an unreadable light-gray-on-white setup. (yellowpages.com is guilty of this, if you want to test.) OpenOffice also struggles sometimes, though there is a fix posted on gnome-look for this particular theme, which I haven't yet tried. I've run into a few occasions where the color formatting of document was displayed in black and white only due to the theme, and going back to a default theme revealed the true colors. So, there are times when using OO that I jump back to the old theme, do what I have to do, and then go back to the black theme.

YMMV. I like the dark themes as well, but you may have to tweak a few things or even switch back sometimes to get the desired effect. Perhaps I'll post a few screenshots when I get back to my personal laptop.

Edit:

Try this one instead for max blackness - even OOo is black on this one - it's the one I was originally thinking of.

http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/BlackFate?content=84344

Sorivenul
January 12th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Change the colors of the Shiki theme in the Appearance dialog, play around until you get what you want. Should take about 5 minutes, tops. Then save it, use it.