Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by aivs 27 comments

Beyond the above contructive criticisms, I think this would be a bad idea. Not just because it's MS-Window-ish, but for the same *reason* I do not like the WinXP Start Menu. It makes it *hard* to get an app than it really should be. I hate being in app menu hell, trying to find an app, and digging through sub-menus. KDE, out of the box, is little better, to be honest, but at the moment, I don't see a better "fresh install" solution.

In this solution, it would encourage a user to create desktop icons for his most oft-used applications to avoid using a confusing menu. That creates desk-clutter which is another point of usability that can be irritating.

I truly would love to see an innovative approach to an App Menu that avoided lots of submenus or confusing icon lists, but I don't see this one as being it. No offense meant, mind. - Apr 27 2004

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by SynTruth 15 comments

It appears that the Melody theme has been renamed to Plastique and can be found here:

...along with his other icon themes. :) - Apr 27 2004

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by SynTruth 15 comments

I just realized this morning after I got to work that KClip 1.0, 1.2 will not work with KDE versions prior to 3.2, due to the KFontRequestor.h being new. I'll fix this later tonight to use an older Font widget in the Config dialog to make sure it works with KDE 3.1.* as well. (I use 3.1.5 here at work.) - Apr 26 2004

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by SynTruth 15 comments

I'm not sure what you mean. If you mean the actual name of your Desktops, you do that from your "Configure Desktop" menu (normally on your Right-Click menu on your Desktop.)

Then choose the "Multiple Desktop" list item on the left.

I probably won't add any icon ability to this, since I just want a simple text-based way of knowing which Desktop I am on. :) - Apr 25 2004

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by SynTruth 15 comments

Er... Um, I forgot to comment that out. Right now, there is nothing to configure. Unless the wife changes her mind about going out tonight, I plan on reading up on KConfig and getting something implemented tonight.

I put some notes in the TODO and BUGS files. On KDE, 3.2, don't click on "About KClip", it'll crash. :/.

I'm happy to note, now that I am home, that it works just fine with panel transparancy. :) - Apr 23 2004

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by SynTruth 15 comments

They are called Melody - Gold. I got them from some time ago. Supposedly they were part of a "Xdefine Linux" distro, but I have no idea whatever happened to the author or if they were ever updated.

If you can't find them on kde-look, e-mail me and I'll send you the old tarball I have. - Apr 23 2004

Icon Sub-Sets by dannya 149 comments

As for colors, I would like to see more primary colors that are not crystal-like, though I have to admit, my fave set (Melody Gold) are kind of crystalish.

For this set, I think the *really* nifty thing is, because they are grayscale, you can use the KDE advance Icon settings to have more fun with them, like colorize them and such.

I also like how the unounted device icons are "broken" instead of the mounted icons having some sort of marker on them. - Apr 20 2004

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by Momo 18 comments

From what I understand, all that you *really* have to leave is the GPL part, but I could be wrong. Either way, just give props to the original author in the README or something like that and it should be good enough.

That said, this looks pretty nifty so I'll have to try it at home. Please tell me that when a window is shaded that only the titlebar shows, but maybe rounded. Other than Grover, I have yet to find a windec that doesn't look silly with the bottom of the frame of the windec showing when the window is shaded. lol - Apr 19 2004
Secure Copy To Remote Host

Dolphin Service Menus by SynTruth 6 comments

Excellent! :) This make me very happy.

Thanks devs! Not that I use CVS, but hopefully soon-ish the current CVS makes it into an official release.

If anything, I am now more familiar with how servicemenus and such work, I'd never used kdialog before yesterday, so it's all a good learning experience. ;) - Apr 17 2004
Secure Copy To Remote Host

Dolphin Service Menus by SynTruth 6 comments

I know about fish, but is there someway that I have not found yet to do so from a context menu? If so, please let me know. And if you know of a way to do so with kfmclient, even better. :D - Apr 16 2004
Kicker Pager

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by epoch 103 comments

This is really nice, since I think the default pager is ugly and never seems to improve. (Transparency is nice, but it does not look right sometimes.)

However, after compiling it at home last night and using it for a bit, it crashed on me three times. I didn't have a lot of windows open and I'm not sure what prompted the crash. I had it set to plain windows, with no numbers or names showing, notifications off, and with background set to on. At most times, I only had 1 konsole window, 1 konq, and amarok open.

I truly hope this improves, since it's much needed. And if you don't mind a suggestion from somebody who can't code C++ very well yet... And an option so it only shows the currently shown desktop. I would like to someday see where it only shows the name of the currently desktop, without icons or anything, kinda like how the WindowMaker Clip does it. ;) Maybe that would be better off being it's own applet, though, huh? Hehe.

Thanks for the good work, though. It's very appreciated. - Apr 08 2004
Kwin Active Heart

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by amaterasu 18 comments

This is a very nice windec. My only "complaint" is that it doesn't look as nice when a window is shaded. It still shows the bottom border of the window, thus ruining the nice, rounded corners. I know most windecs do that, actually, 'cept for Grover, so really, this isn't a complaint against *this* windec really, but most of the others. ;-) - Mar 21 2004

QtCurve by Brandybuck 34 comments

After finally getting to install this and try it out, I think the issue with the colored background in the radio button/checkboxes as being selected is mostly a non-issue. Running your mouse over the options makes it pretty clear which are check/not checked, since non-checked boxes only display a small box outline, while a checked-box's square shrinks.

I might be wrong (not being color blind myself) but unless they choose a color scheme that hid the contrast from their eyes, I don't think they would have much trouble.

On a side-note, I just realized how bad default desktop colors could be for blue/yellow colorblind guys. Maybe that is why MS-Windows always chooses ugly default colors?!? ;) - Mar 16 2004

QtCurve by Brandybuck 34 comments

Ahh, yeah, you do have a point about radio button tradition.

[glances to the SGI Indy box on his desk]

I wasn't trying to infer that it should be more like Windows, only that quite a few users now associate (for good or ill) round with radio and square with checkbox.

Either way, I still really like this style. I'm sure, with your other styles, it'll only improve and be a fave of many users. - Mar 16 2004

QtCurve by Brandybuck 34 comments

This is a nice style. Personally, I do like the simple, but attractive, styles the best.

I have to agree with the above posts, however, regarding the radio's and checkboxes. I suggest using a simple dot in the middle of each, and I would suggest making the radios round. I know that's kind of like every other style, but there is a good reason for that -- people will recognize it as a radio option, and not a slanted checkbox.

I disagree with more rounded tabs, tho. I think they look fine the way they are.

Still, those combo's and scrollbards look great. I can't wait to get home to try it out interactively. :) - Mar 16 2004

KDE 3.5 Themes by Brandybuck 12 comments

I think it's cool that you are adding more choice to an already wonderful collection of Styles for KDE, but I have always felt that the NeXTStep GUI style is old-fashioned and not very attractive. It's one-step above motif and has not been really "modernized" in the look-n-feel of style. That said, I think you have done a wonderful job of doing just that. This style is *much* better than the default GnuStep style that is normally used with WindowMaker. (My WM of choice for *years*...)

To be honest, I doubt this will replace Alloy or Plastik for my personal choice, but still good job. - Mar 07 2004
KXDocker with REAL Transparency

KXDocker by stefano 154 comments

No kidding. I've stopped using this app mostly because of this. After the second time, I figured there was no ChangeLog on the website and just stopped caring. - Mar 04 2004
KXDocker with REAL Transparency

KXDocker by stefano 154 comments

That appears to be the Alloy Windec and Style. One of my faves. - Feb 22 2004

Wallpapers KDE Plasma by camera 13 comments

I keep seeing this one marked as "updated" but I am not seeing any actual changes.

If you have not really updated anything, PLEASE stop keeping it on the front page. It's an abuse of the website's system and it's just a bit irritating. - Feb 14 2004
The Lamp (Psalm 119:105)

Wallpaper Other by timbrown527 11 comments

Now *that* would simply be a silly idea. ;)

Why make bad gradient wallpapers when you can steal other's work and call it inspired?

You are just talking crazy talk, man. *Way* out there... - Feb 12 2004
mY second wallpaper

Wallpaper Other by browntim 18 comments

You must be new here.

He's not being anti-Christian, he is being vocal about a certain user (who I have not seen lately) who abused the system and basically kept trying to force his pro-Christian views by abusing the rating system and the "Updated" system of the website by keeping his wallpapers on the front page. There certainly is nothing wrong with being Faithful, but there is a problem when the over-whelming of people in a community have asked for an evangelistic behavior to stop.

I agree that this is not a place to promote either view, but in this post's case, it's a parody of one person in particular, not the faith itself. At least I did not read it that way.

And on a slightly unrelated note: KDE is not a window manager, it's a desktop enviroment. KWin in the window manager. ;)

And as I've said in other posts, at other times, I have discussed this very topic with several very Christian friends of mine, and they pretty much all agreed that spreading the gospel is fine, but that abusing a system or doing so where you have been asked to stop was inappropriate. Respect is a two-way door, and although I don't fully agree with the *this* parody, I do respect where he is coming from. - Feb 11 2004
Alloy (KDE 3.2)

KDE 3.5 Themes by ceebx 20 comments

If anyone gets an error message something like this during make:

File generated with too recent version of Qt Designer (3.3 vs. 3.2.3)

Change this line in alloyclient/config/configdialog.ui:

<UI version="3.3" stdsetdef="1"> make the 3.3 to 3.2 and then re-make. This worked for me. - Feb 07 2004
Alloy (KDE 3.2)

KDE 3.5 Themes by ceebx 20 comments

Nice! Thank you so much for getting this out! :D - Feb 07 2004
Pool Balls

Wallpaper Other by gigemaggies2004 6 comments

They look more like glass christmas tree bulbs to me. ;-) - Jan 29 2004
Gentoo BlackNBlue Wave Wallpaper

Wallpaper Other by sbrown1038 17 comments

Whoops, did not mean this to sound like a flame. It's not meant to be. We use Debian on our servers, because stable *is* stable. But my point is simply that it just felt "wrong" to have to put in unstable/experiemental to get software that's over a year old now. KDE 3.2 is due to be released in a few days (and the betas are nice) but it'll probaby not make it's way into apt for how long?

I totally agree with your point below that Gentoo is great for learning. I just slapped it on my home server over the weekend and the problems I ran into were great experiences. I moved from a sendmail config to exim, a better pop3/imap system, etc.

Again, linux is about choice and we each have our own. I never meant it to slight Debian, because I do have a healthy respect for the Distro, i just prefer Gentoo for my own stuff now. :-) - Jan 26 2004
Gentoo G 1280x1024

Wallpaper Other by elektrohirn 8 comments

I do like the flatter design, but I'm not a big fan of interlaced backgrounds. Would it be possible for you to just a transparent PNG with just the G and the tagline? It would also fit all resolutions. ;-) - Jan 26 2004

Ice-WM Themes by sebaro 11 comments

First off, but no offense, but that was completely an utterly silly.

I have *yet* to meet another Linux user who has tried to force their version of a Desktop/Window Manager choice as "the one right way" and I truly doubt I ever will. Most of us all use something different, and a few of us (including myself) are always trying a new WM/DE when we feel the urge. I've now been using Linux (at work and at home) on the desktop for over 5 years and have helped several people convert to using it on the desktop. (And not just MS, but also older MacOS users.) I prefer moving them to KDE at first because it's a bit more cohesive in all it's parts than anything else at the moment. But, depending on the person, I always show them they have choice and show them how to choose a different WM/DE from the login screen to try them out.

Not *once* was there a "how can I do this" moment that a little training did not solve. The whole myth that your average user can not use Linux because it is so different from Windows is completely bull. It's rather insulting to some that simply because they are not computer geeks that they can not learn to use software.

As for the windecs for KDE, etc, it *is* about choice, and it's reinforced the first time you run KDE and it asks you how you would like the look-n-feel set up. If you are having someone convert from Windows, simply make sure the window buttons are in the top right corner in the order they expect, and it simple *does not matter* if that title bar looks like standard MS Windows or not. (For a Mac convert, do likewise.)

Personally, I don't like the WinXP look anymore than I like the MacOSX look, but if that is what you prefer, then go for it. Have a ball, have a blast, but to drop a blanket lable on a community that is large (and *does* have it's share of bad apples) is a bit wrong and as narrowminded as those you are ranting against. - Jan 24 2004
Sons of God (Romans 8:14)

Wallpaper Other by timbrown527 31 comments

You sound like a troll, so I'll try not to bite too hard:

It's not just a religious thing, being spiritually dead, nor anything even remotely about that. I know several people (male and female) who are devout Christians and who use Linux on a daily basis. One, he is a minister in GA, for goodness sake, so it's a *bit* of a stretch to say that the Linux community has no room for religion or opposed God.

However, I think the "opposition" that you see is probably the reaction one might expect from a group of people who are so devoted to choice and freedom. We dislike being preached to, talked down to, told what is and what isn't, and quite frankly, on the whole, our Linux community are well versed, intelligent folk who simply do not like overly preachy people. I've shown my Christian friends some of Tim's work and they are even a little shocked that he would even care to do this, in a forum where most of his work is clearly about sending a message through bad graphics. (That said, this wall is much better, Tim.)

I think religion is great, and most people have that need to fill a void in themselves -- but if you think a community built upon openess, respect for each other and our multitude of cultures appreciate one view being preached and the system abused to keep a certain message "up" longer, you're being rather naive and silly. (This one has been updated? What changed? I see no noticable difference.)

I once played D&D with a Catholic priest (it was pretty surreal, but that is another story) who before and after our games, would always engage us in some deep topics and discussions. One thing he always touched upon, however, is respect. He said he saw too many people forget about that in their zealousness in their faith. His point resonates in all things, not just spreading one's faith. I think, in the end, what most of the people who complain about Tims's (at one time) constant postings was it was disrespectful of the system.

I have no problem ignoring his stuff if I so choose to do so. (I normally look anyways, he's gotten much better creatively) However, I surely hope not to see an abuse of the kde-look system to keep stuff on the front page as long as possible. It's immature and riles people more than bad graphics ever will. - Jan 22 2004
Bella Vista, SC Bolivia

Wallpaper Other by iZelpII 5 comments

I don't tend to use real pics as my wallpaper -- they tend to be too busy for me.

However, I always love seeing pictures like this, because I use them as gaming aids for my paper-n-pencil RPGs to set scenes in. I'm sure I'll be using this one, soon... :) - Jan 21 2004

Wallpaper Other by Maui15 5 comments

Hmmm, actually, I think the whole image is supposed to have a bevel around the edge. The right and bottom sides also have darker lines.

That aside, it looks pretty decent on my desktop. - Jan 19 2004
Gentoo BlackNBlue Wave Wallpaper

Wallpaper Other by sbrown1038 17 comments

Wow, this wallpaper looks really great.

I just moved to Gentoo on my home box, because my RedHat subscription is up this April. I first tried Debian, but got sick and tired of having to use "experimental" and "testing" to get software that is almost a year old. (And this included XFree 4.3 for my NVidia card.) Gentoo is a mix of both worlds and I like it. Since I had time on my hands, I did a stage2 install and compiled all system software and kernel, and I can see improvements in performance with a kernel with my built in drivers (for NIC, etc) instead of modules. It's the first time in several years I've ran a kernel that I've compiled, since I've pretty much always been a RH user.

If you get time, I definately suggest giving Gentoo a try. - Jan 16 2004

Wallpaper Other by th.cherouny 3 comments

Nice organic lines, and very pleasing colors. I enjoy the leaves on the right side, though that is where I tend to keep my icons (I'm a bit of a Mac-head, though I can't stand the OSX look) but I can't wait to try this on my desktop at home.

Good work. - Jan 13 2004
Psalm 150:3

Wallpaper Other by timbrown527 19 comments

Interesting. A nice piece of art, without being over-bearing.

I'd be careful, however, including copyrighted music into artwork. There might be issues with that. ;-) - Jan 07 2004
Die! Die! Die!

Wallpaper Other by vettemph 5 comments

Transparent png! Transparent png!
Transparent png! Transparent png!
Transparent png! Transparent png!
Transparent png! Transparent png!

...everybody sing along! ;-) - Jan 03 2004
Embrace the Son

Wallpaper Other by timbrown527 28 comments

Wasn't this one already submitted once? Seriously, WTH? Do you *really* have to keep your stuff on the front page -- I just took others saying that with a grain of salt, but really, damn. Dude, no offense, but you should get your own website for this stuff if it's really that important to you. Abusing the system is just a bit irritating and places you only slightly above spammers. I am being honest to God serious. - Jan 01 2004

Wallpaper Other by th.cherouny 1 comment

Not to bad, T. :) It's just a *bit* too busy for my tastes, but not wholly so. Some of the areas need a bit more anti-aliasing, but overall, it's nifty. - Dec 21 2003
LiNuX (transparent)

Wallpaper Other by zmeden 11 comments

With a blue gradient:

Really blends well with all my other color schemes. - Dec 19 2003
LiNuX (transparent)

Wallpaper Other by zmeden 11 comments

This has got to be one of the coolest trans wallpapers yet. Good work! It looks absolutely amazing. For fun, play with the settings in the Advanced tab of the Background properties. I just set it to have a nice vertical gradient of the background color and now it blends nicely into it...

Again, good job. :D - Dec 19 2003

Wallpaper Other by moty66 4 comments

This wallpaper is not that bad at all. At first I thought, "Eh, too gray..." but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Especially once I saved it, loaded it up, and changed the hue slightly in the KDE background properties to give it a slightly bluish hue.

Very nice work. - Dec 16 2003

Icon Sub-Sets by flow 217 comments

I think this set would look good with the Grover WinDec (with the clear plastic option) -- very nice.

My only criticism is that I personally don't like the Home Dir icon -- nice igloo, but just not my style. Over all, I think it's pretty slick and I really like it. I might suggest using your Sparkling K-logo for the KMenu instead of a K-inside-a-gear since it's more unique.

:) - Dec 10 2003
My favorite os-girl...

Wallpaper Other by mgear 7 comments

I think this would be nice with a transparent background around here. I might just do that later tonight if I get time.

Classic pin-up girl look -- I wonder if my wife will slap me. lol - Dec 09 2003
Lastslack blue

Wallpaper Other by bunker 3 comments

Actually, I think it would look very nice *without* the logo. :-) - Nov 26 2003

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by ceebx 15 comments

Actually, I like the buttons. They kind of add to the effect of the whole windec. That said, I'm a little tired of brushed metal looks. It is clean, however, and I would definately add it to my rotation. (I never use the same windec for more than a few weeks...I like change. lol) - Nov 15 2003
Stoner Tux

Wallpaper Other by foo 13 comments

I'd have to say both. ;-)

I know several people who smoke weed, but they don't let it define who they are. I (and they) think it's rather defeats the purpose... - Oct 27 2003
Got Christ?

Wallpaper Other by timbrown527 130 comments

I have to second this opinion. To each their own: preach on your own place.

I rather secure in my own beliefs, thank you so very much, so "feeling scared" because of a wallpaper is a stretch. I think Tim gets the negative reaction he does because it *is* preachy and people just don't care for that, unless they ask for it. I go to church, I expect to be preached to, I got a website dedicated to Linux/KDE art, I don't expect it and it's just a tad irritating.

Personally, I'm not 100% convinced Tim is not a troll. (Sorry if you're not, Tim, but I've seen it happen before over and over again for years...nothing yanks chains faster than religion.) - Oct 07 2003
got satan ?

Wallpaper Other by grep 13 comments

Aye, if you equate "stirring" to "trolling" -- both of which Tim and this one has been doing.

There is no need for either one, imo.

If neither poster got any response, positive or negative, they would go away. Replies seem to go to one's head, though...either way.

Bah. - Oct 07 2003

Wallpaper Other by elm4y4 4 comments

This is really quite nice. I don't use slack myself, but if you could do a KDE one or something, that would be sweet.

I am also curious what tool(s) you used to do this. :-) - Oct 06 2003
Look and Live

Wallpaper Other by timbrown527 19 comments

Aye. Which makes me wish there was a way to ignore postings by people shoving their own views on everyone else, or for that matter, people who post distasteful or just plain lame artwork.

He needs to get a grip and go troll somewhere else.

I'm here for KDE/*nix related art-work -- there are *plenty* of "wall paper" places out there; go try Deviant Art, for example. - Sep 26 2003
chocolate cream

Wallpaper Other by willow 6 comments

It would be nice to see this done like KDE Box, with an alpha layer and just the outlines, so you could use whatever color in the background you want.

Alpha channels rock. :) - Sep 11 2003
Faded Glory

Icon Sub-Sets by Doches 4 comments

These icons would be nice to make a nice, post-apocalype desktop theme. ;-) Since they appear to be rendered, I have a feeling it will be quite some time before we see a complete set, however. - Sep 09 2003