Re: Exciting GNOME?

I think a competition is a good idea. Seems more likely than a long thread on d-d-l to produce results (based on previous discussions about themes on d-d-l). For what its worth, I never designed SmoothGNOME/Glider with flashy, shiny, eye-candy effects in mind. Not sure why we feel the need to have such a theme as a default though; the only reason I can see is to compete with OS X (lets face it, we've got Windows XP Luna beat, even with themes like Crux o_O). Do we want to advertise GNOME as a flashy eye-candy based Desktop? I always liked GNOME's clean, basic, simple interface; it was never cluttered with bouncing icons and flashing lights. That always appealed to me. Is the motivation for a flashy new theme to effectively gain more "market" share?


On Feb 13, 2005, at 4:31 PM, Callum McKenzie wrote:

On Mon, 2005-02-14 at 10:40 +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:

Here's a list of screenshots that wonderfully demonstrates why GNOME does not come off as an exciting, fun, cool desktop for end-users to love. They
are not show-off screenshots, just normal, everyday things:

It strikes me that the single biggest difference between the screen
shots is the theme (widget, icon, background and window manager). KDE is
shinier and more eye-catching. It also has more buttons and so looks
more detailed and interesting (in a screenshot), but I think this is a
very secondary concern.

Should we start the default theme flame-fest again? I don't think so.
How about we run a grand default-theme competition and let our community
get involved with the design. (I envisage this being judged rather than
voted on so we get something that is both usable and pretty, because
votes only go to pretty.)

 - Callum

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