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Reza Pakdel
Aurora Desktop Environment

Various Gnome Stuff by demom 72 comments

Guess the comment wasn't from the author...change all 'you/your' to 'he/his' :) - Jun 22 2005
Aurora Desktop Environment

Various Gnome Stuff by demom 72 comments

Absolutely not!

As the author of Linux on Desktop (do a search on google for it) even tough I wrote a 40+ page guide on using Linux for everyday, with my experience of using it for over 5 years, I have to say it is simply not ready for the desktop.

Linux's problem does not lie in the user interface, but lack of proper drivers for hardware and peripherals. As an example, Linux scanner support is still a joke. The Soundblaster cards from 98 still don't have any sort of high quality drivers.

(I'm talking about latest Dekstop distros such as Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva)

Now, even if these problems are solved, Linux IS different from Windows, and the same goes for OSX. You don't see Apple trying to imitate Windows (except for the notorious panel)

Those who don't know anything about computers, don't know how to use it period, be it Windows, Linux or OSX.

Those who are familiar enough and willing to install Linux should be ready for a change. Giving them a UI that behaves like Windows, but is not quite like it only produces confusion.

The current popular GUIs, KDE and Gnome are fairly powerful. By trying to create yet another gui you are simply wasting your efforts which would be better spent on improving the existing.

By the way, the unpopular Windows GUI on Linux has already been done to death, just check out XPDE.

Finally, this is simply the wrong place to post your new GUI. This site is for Gnome themes and related, not a new one.

Don't get me wrong, I applaud your programming capabilities, but my opinion is that they are being wasted. - Jun 22 2005
Aurora Desktop Environment

Various Gnome Stuff by demom 72 comments

What is this Windows XP gimmick shit? So much for new and good looking. - Jun 19 2005
Clearlooks

GTK2 Themes by Remenic 250 comments

I love the new changes. It is more consistent than ever and it looks very good. Keep up the good work

Rizo - Jun 09 2005
dwerg

GTK2 Themes by dwerg 37 comments

I recommend you change 2nd and 3rd screenshots. Are you bragging that you pirate mp3s and movies? - Jan 07 2005
Gnomeria-SC

Various Gnome Stuff by xlife 2 comments

Thanks for posting this. However the released versions of sylpheed-claws are only GTK 1. The CVS version is GTK 2 (and they don't even point how to grab it from the CVS).

In addition, most people won't know how to install it.

But it does spread the word about sylpheed. It's one fine email client (if you don't need/want html). - Dec 09 2004
Pinux's Lila cursors theme

Cursors by pinux 22 comments

Hey,

Nice work. Icon sizes are a little big, but fit well with the cartoonish theme of the cursors.

Text cursor is a bit to the left.

I reduced the timewait for the rotating clock (Wait and AppStart) from 80 to 40 and it looks much nicer. Give it a try.

Reza - Dec 08 2004
Fedora Core 3 GDM Theme

GDM Themes by bluehat 3 comments

Hey,

I made a Core 2 version. Just replaced the text. So credit goes to you. You can post it if you want.

http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/GDM-Fedora-Core-2.tar.gz

Rizo - Dec 02 2004
Fedora Core 3 GDM Theme

GDM Themes by bluehat 3 comments

Hey,

I made a Core 2 version. Just replaced the text. So credit goes to you. You can post it if you want.

http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/GDM-Fedora-Core-2.tar.gz

Rizo - Dec 02 2004
Ana

GTK2 Themes by w-Tarchalski 44 comments

Finally something original. Keep up the good work.

Just one comment: The icons seem blurry.

http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/blurry.png

This could be because of the svg renderer?

Rizo - Nov 25 2004
industrial-myst

GTK2 Themes by silenteef 41 comments

Here is a screenshot on Gnome 2.8.1 and the white menus. Not sure why it happens. I may investigate next week if I get the time.

http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/in_myst_menu.png

Rizo - Oct 30 2004
industrial-myst

GTK2 Themes by silenteef 41 comments

Thanks for the response. I tried the new version and the widget sizes are much improved.


However, I still do not like your colours :) And there some inconsistencies. I'm just hard to please . :)

I agree with you that a certain level of contrast is required, and I think there should be separate versions for for disabled (like Bluecurve).

Overall, the theme has improved, but I'm just much happier with the default industrial. Keep up the work.

BTW, I've seen focus rings on OSX and I believe they are great UI enhancements there. - Oct 30 2004
industrial-myst

GTK2 Themes by silenteef 41 comments

Here are two screenshots comparing plain industrial and your theme.

http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/0_in1.png
http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/1_in_myst1.png

http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/2_in2.png
http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~hrpakdel/3_in_myst2.png

Overall, I find your theme too distracting. The white colour may be fine on LCDs, but on CRTs, it tires your eyes because of the high amount of light.

I'm not trying to put you down, but if you don't like critism, take your theme off line. I switched away from KDE because of too many crappy themes. The Gnome HIG has guidelines on widget sizes and spaces between them.

Reza - Oct 29 2004
industrial-myst

GTK2 Themes by silenteef 41 comments

Not sure how this theme got such a high score. There are some serious problems with it that make it quite unusable:

- The widgets are too white.
- While the focus ring is neat, it is too wide and clutters the program
- There are size inconsistencies when widgets are side by side. In Galeon, try putting the zoom spinbox beside the address bar.
- The button icons are huge compared to the widgets.
- Overall, the programs become very clutterred.

Suggestions:

- The focus ring is mostly useful with mouse focus. Moving the mouse on top of widgets show highlight them (e.g. buttons, line edit, spinbox, drop down list widgets). In Gnome, you have to click on these widgets to make them come in focus. By this time, it doesn't add any benefits to the user.

- Keep the Industrial colours. Since XD2, I have yet to see a theme that is as usable as Industrial.

- Try to read the Gnome HIG and build your theme upon that. This is why I (and many other people) use Gnome and not KDE, because it provides a cleaner, more consistent UI than KDE.

Rizo - Oct 26 2004
GreenIcos

Icon Sub-Sets by Doches 26 comments

How about making the slightly
lighter green?

A lot of people use blue because it is a cool and relaxing colour.
Interestingly, I read in a scientific magazine that green is a very
natural and relaxing colour to humans because well, almost all of
mother nature is green.

I practiced with some green colours and everybody seems to like
it. Check it out at [shameless plug]:

http://www.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/Research/GJ/453/

Reza - Feb 10 2003
ObjectDock for KDE?

Various Stuff by netfranz 19 comments

Read this article to find out why this is not a good idea:

http://www.asktog.com/columns/044top10docksucks.html

Reza Pakdel
Chief Editor
http://www.ratedpc.com - Nov 19 2002