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Nevon
February 24th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Some (most) people will argue that the Linux desktop is missing a lot of things. Font rendering isn't all that great compared to what you get in Windows and Mac OS, Ubuntu's default color scheme sucks (I don't agree with this though), startup animations aren't very smooth, etc. etc.

However, I just wanted to take a second to point out an area in which Linux and its community really and truly rocks - icons!

The Mac OS icons aren't bad, and I guess the ones for Vista are okay, but the Linux ones look incredibly professional! Just take a look at this screenshot and you'll see what I mean:

http://www.blastfromthepast.se/.trams/screenshot_240209_thumb.png (http://www.blastfromthepast.se/.trams/screenshot_240209.png)
Click for full view!

So crisp and elegant. Now of course there are a lot of icon themes, and these aren't the standard ones. But the standard tango icons also look great.

That is all. Now feel free to give praise to the Linux icon creaters.

Giant Speck
February 24th, 2009, 12:03 PM
Personally, I actually like the font rendering more in Linux. And the Eikon is arguably one of the best icon themes available today.

alex.rayu
February 24th, 2009, 07:04 PM
I personally find fonts in Gnome much better than both in Apple and Windows.
But I find Gnome icons quite bad. Better than Windows icons though. Have no idea what Windows designers are paid for.

TheGentlemanB
February 24th, 2009, 11:31 PM
I don't really have a preference of font rendering in either OS. I love the range of icons available for Linux - they go a long way to improving the usabilty.

miegiel
February 25th, 2009, 12:09 AM
http://www.xs4all.nl/~miegiel0/Screenshot_thmb.png (http://www.xs4all.nl/~miegiel0/Screenshot.png)
Click for full view!

I love my linux icons to, except for the ones in my notification area.

toontastic
February 25th, 2009, 11:52 AM
Stupid question time. What is the font used on the icons at the top. I hate the font I have on ubuntu and they just look more "crisp" dare I say it Mac like ?

cb951303
February 25th, 2009, 12:18 PM
font rendering in windows is terrible. it hurt my eyes.
gnome's font rendering is better but not perfect.

agreed on the icon thing

Nevon
February 25th, 2009, 12:20 PM
Stupid question time. What is the font used on the icons at the top. I hate the font I have on ubuntu and they just look more "crisp" dare I say it Mac like ?

Myriad Pro, semicondensed.

toontastic
February 25th, 2009, 12:24 PM
Myriad Pro, semicondensed.

Thank you very much

Giant Speck
February 25th, 2009, 12:45 PM
You know what's funny? Looking at that screenshot, it doesn't even look like Ubuntu!

toontastic
February 25th, 2009, 12:51 PM
Dare i say it that's maybe why I like the look :)

I'm glad they have finally come out and said they have to improve the overall look of Ubuntu it really is about time.

wiebeest
February 25th, 2009, 01:12 PM
Myriad Pro, semicondensed.

Which is indeed very Mac-like, no shame to admit is it?
Apple uses (an altered version of) Myriad (Myriad Apple) as base font for it's website.

And why not add some Lucida Grande for font choosing? See the Mac4lin threads. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=916410&highlight=mac4lin and http://sourceforge.net/projects/mac4lin.

That's what I personally like the most of working with Linux: freedom of choice.

Also the fonts can be made/tweaked/fine-tuned to look almost every way you want though System->Preferences->Appearance under the Fonts tab.
If you’re using an LCD display make sure you have the subpixel smoothing rendering mode enabled. Click Details to get access to the hinting options. Play around with these to get a result you like. (source: http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2008/10/15/tweak-your-font-rendering-for-better-appearance/).

Back to icons, trough gnome-look.org (http://www.gnome-look.org/) almost everything is possible to change as far as looks.

Best wishes,

Wiebeest

toontastic
February 25th, 2009, 02:04 PM
Which is indeed very Mac-like, no shame to admit is it?
Apple uses (an altered version of) Myriad (Myriad Apple) as base font for it's website.

And why not add some Lucida Grande for font choosing? See the Mac4lin threads. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=916410&highlight=mac4lin and http://sourceforge.net/projects/mac4lin.

That's what I personally like the most of working with Linux: freedom of choice.

Also the fonts can be made/tweaked/fine-tuned to look almost every way you want though System->Preferences->Appearance under the Fonts tab.
If you’re using an LCD display make sure you have the subpixel smoothing rendering mode enabled. Click Details to get access to the hinting options. Play around with these to get a result you like. (source: http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2008/10/15/tweak-your-font-rendering-for-better-appearance/).

Back to icons, trough gnome-look.org (http://www.gnome-look.org/) almost everything is possible to change as far as looks.

Best wishes,

Wiebeest

Thank you very much for all of that, very helpful.

Orlsend
February 25th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Which is indeed very Mac-like, no shame to admit is it?
Apple uses (an altered version of) Myriad (Myriad Apple) as base font for it's website.

And why not add some Lucida Grande for font choosing? See the Mac4lin threads. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...hlight=mac4lin and http://sourceforge.net/projects/mac4lin.

That's what I personally like the most of working with Linux: freedom of choice.

Also the fonts can be made/tweaked/fine-tuned to look almost every way you want though System->Preferences->Appearance under the Fonts tab.
If you’re using an LCD display make sure you have the subpixel smoothing rendering mode enabled. Click Details to get access to the hinting options. Play around with these to get a result you like. (source: http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2008/1...er-appearance/).

Back to icons, trough gnome-look.org (http://www.gnome-look.org/) almost everything is possible to change as far as looks.

Best wishes,

Wiebeest

Or simply you can try the state of the art complete theme manager called Epidermis (http://epidermis.tuxfamily.org/)

OH and does anyone know where to get the "Eikon" Icon set?

I looked,but hes blog is down.

Flimm
February 25th, 2009, 04:41 PM
Or simply you can try the state of the art complete theme manager called Epidermis (http://epidermis.tuxfamily.org/)

OH and does anyone know where to get the "Eikon" Icon set?

I looked,but hes blog is down.
But Orlsend, Epidermis doesn't support fonts yet!8-[

UbuntuNerd
February 25th, 2009, 04:47 PM
check this link to download the "Eikon icon set"
http://drop.io/fmrbpensador

Orlsend
February 25th, 2009, 07:35 PM
But Orlsend, Epidermis doesn't support fonts yet!

Woops did you say yet? :-\"

Anyways thanks for pointing it out Flimm.

Oooh thanks for the Icon set link, Its much appreciated!

AJB2K3
February 26th, 2009, 07:26 PM
The thing is that the reason they are so crisp is because the default are svg so look clean and crisp ( and the same file is resizeable without distortion) wereas mac/win uses bitmaps so have to have different version for each size.

I have an svg ico that 600px X 400px but because of ubuntu's svg icon it shrunk on the fly to 32 X whatever and still looks the same.

lyceum
February 27th, 2009, 01:32 AM
I personally find fonts in Gnome much better than both in Apple and Windows.
But I find Gnome icons quite bad. Better than Windows icons though. Have no idea what Windows designers are paid for.

I agree. I do not hate Apple fonts, they are blah, but fine. Windows designers is like saying military intelligence or free trade, just 2 words that do not go together.

NTolerance
February 27th, 2009, 02:03 AM
There are some good icons out there, but most sets are not cohesive. I like the stock Ubuntu Human icon set, but some of the icons are low resolution. Common problems with other icon sets are:

1. Blue
2. Pastel
3. Cartoon
4. Macintosh

It's very hard to find an icon theme that doesn't fall into one or more of those categories. Currently I use nuoveXT (http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/nuoveXT?content=26448) which has finally been updated to work with Gnome 2.24. It's colors are neutral so it gracefully deals with the inevitable app or filetype that has an icon not defined in the set.

I also repeatedly find the "close tab" icons in many sets to be quite horrendous. A simple "X" is all that's needed, but most are large and gaudy.

Crafty Kisses
February 27th, 2009, 10:07 AM
Does anyone have a link to the OP wallpaper?

Nevon
February 27th, 2009, 02:34 PM
Does anyone have a link to the OP wallpaper?

I can't remember where I found it, but I've uploaded it for you here (http://www.speedyshare.com/302910123.html).

cc8balla
February 28th, 2009, 05:58 AM
By the way, thank you to whoever upped the Eikon iconset, it is absolutely 100% the best out there.

Crafty Kisses
February 28th, 2009, 07:12 AM
I can't remember where I found it, but I've uploaded it for you here (http://www.speedyshare.com/302910123.html).

Thanks a lot man.

toxicgtr
February 28th, 2009, 11:51 AM
Hey,

Whats the theme your using #1 poster?

And here is the direct link for the wallpaper he is using: http://ve1n.deviantart.com/art/A-E-R-O-S-T-R-E-A-M-70590157

Cheers!

toontastic
February 28th, 2009, 05:10 PM
Sorry to invade this post again but I noticed it in this thread. How did you change the text colour on the panel, in fact the whole of your firefox program which is minimised matches your panel colour, mines a grey colour and my text is dark which means it's hard to see when I have a dark colour panel.

days_of_ruin
February 28th, 2009, 05:54 PM
How did you get that gnome panel like that?

Panther96
February 28th, 2009, 07:51 PM
eww tango is ugly, gnome is absolutely ugly in icon themes, lol i have a weird taste, but aero>tango aero>human aero<oxygen (oxygen and kde seem to surpass windows vista for me) tango is way too gray, its more so uglier then if i drew icons myself with a box of crayons.human is OK but nothing to oo and aww about.

kde team did a good job on the artwork and icons for kde4.

toontastic
February 28th, 2009, 08:02 PM
How did you get that gnome panel like that?

With a bit of help from links all over this forum I think this is right.

Go to terminal and type


gedit .gtkrc-2.0


Then in the new screen that opens I have:


include ".gtkrc-2.0-gnome-color-chooser"
include "/home/toontastic/.gnome2/panel-fontrc"

style "desktop-icon"
{
NautilusIconContainer::frame_text = 1
text[NORMAL] = "#FFFFFF"
NautilusIconContainer::normal_alpha = 44
}

#class "GtkWidget" style "desktop-icon"
widget_class "*DesktopIcon*" style "desktop-icon"

style "my_color"
{
fg[NORMAL] = "#FFFFFF"
}
style "black_text"
{
fg[NORMAL] = "#000000"
}

style "panel_color"
{
fg[NORMAL] = "#161D26"
}

widget "*fast-user-switch-applet*" style "my_color"
widget "*PanelWidget*" style "my_color"
widget "*PanelApplet*" style "my_color"
widget_class "*MenuItem*" style "black_text"
widget_class "*ToolItem*" style "my_color"
widget_class "*SeparatorMenuitem*" style "my_color"
widget_class "*SeparatorToolitem*" style "my_color"
widget_class "*ImageMenuitem*" style "my_color"
widget_class "*RadioMenuitem*" style "my_color"
widget_class "*CheckMenuitem*" style "my_color"
widget_class "*TearoffMenuitem*" style "my_color"



Someone will probably be able to tidy that up a bit but basically it changes all your panel text to white including the date time and the quick switch user (that bit took me ages) It was also change the text on your desktop for your shortcuts from black to white but leave all your text on your applications as black (another big problem I had as text was appearing white on a white background)

Anyway save that and type


killall gnome-panel

and all should work. If not do Ctrl Alt and backspace and that should definatly do all the changes.

Tibuda
March 2nd, 2009, 12:51 PM
eww tango is ugly, gnome is absolutely ugly in icon themes, lol i have a weird taste, but aero>tango aero>human aero<oxygen (oxygen and kde seem to surpass windows vista for me) tango is way too gray, its more so uglier then if i drew icons myself with a box of crayons.human is OK but nothing to oo and aww about.It's just a matter of Taste. I agree Vista icons are more realistic, but Tango is great too, and a lot better than Win XP icons. But Eikon... they are a lot better than Vista.

Nevon
March 2nd, 2009, 07:14 PM
Sorry to invade this post again but I noticed it in this thread. How did you change the text colour on the panel, in fact the whole of your firefox program which is minimised matches your panel colour, mines a grey colour and my text is dark which means it's hard to see when I have a dark colour panel.
How did you get that gnome panel like that?

Actually, I haven't really done any customization at all. All I've done is apply a GTK theme and changed panel background to an image called smoke (http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/8859/panelbackgroundsmoke.png).


Whats the theme your using #1 poster?
The GTK-theme is called Dust. The icon theme is Eikon2, release candidate 3.

Ben Crisford
March 2nd, 2009, 08:58 PM
I think that everything in ubuntu is bound to be better than windows and os x in every area, not just design.

Think of it this way; windows and os x are programmed by a team of super geeks in some room in california, and a few professional designers.

Ubuntu however, if programmed, designed, contributed to, run by - EVERYONE! There isn't just a team of great minds, all the great minds in the world are collaborating and making a masterpiece.

That is why I love ubuntu so much.

days_of_ruin
March 2nd, 2009, 10:44 PM
Actually, I haven't really done any customization at all. All I've done is apply a GTK theme and changed panel background to an image called smoke (http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/8859/panelbackgroundsmoke.png).


The GTK-theme is called Dust. The icon theme is Eikon2, release candidate 3.

I didn't know the panel could have transparency.I don't think it used to.

psychok9
March 20th, 2009, 01:50 AM
@nevon&all
Your 1st screen is near the perfection for me...
I'm findind a blue-theme, with dark bar panel but with clear & bright windows (like Windows 7/Vista aero).
You have used Dust? It's brown theme, and i don't see harmony with eikon icons, great border image and the wallpaper.
I've found on http://drop.io/fmrbpensador many files, but not a great window decoration theme for it :)
Thank you for your image/stuff/tips.

@Ben Crisford
Often, not always, Linux theme are incomplete or very "raw".
I like Dust theme, it's near the perfection (only top window border are perfectable for me) but it's brown XD

s.fox
March 20th, 2009, 09:44 AM
I didn't know the panel could have transparency.I don't think it used to.


Yep, my panel has a transparency.

Sprut1
March 20th, 2009, 09:47 AM
I agree, it looks awesome.