Re: Exciting GNOME?

On Tue, 2005-02-15 at 12:13 -0500, Pat Suwalski wrote:
>Gabriel Bauman wrote:
>> Most folks I know install GNOME, shudder, then install Bluecurve and
>> never look back.
>> Is it a Red Hat licensing issue perhaps?
>I would say it's a little more than that. Bluecurve is what identifies 
>RedHat. I don't think that it would be appropriate to use it, legally 
>possible or not. The same applies to Ximian/Novell and Industrial.

Well, did you take a look at Clearlooks[1]? Someone mentioned it at the
Wiki[2], I tried it and it totally blew me away! It's based on
Bluecurve, but got more modern and fresh looks. It hardly looks like
Bluecurve anymore, besides some pixmaps and the menus. The author is
also very actively working on it and preparing a website including a
voting booth. The next version will have properly rounded scrollbars[3]
and some other improvements, for example he's looking into improving the
comboboxes, which traditionally look a bit like a mess[4] in Gtk.
It might sound overzealous, but my honest opinion is that this engine
simply smokes the competition (including Plastik, which is very popular
for good reason), the author is independent of any commercial vendor and
it's still rather new, so not many people know about it yet. What could
be better suited?

[3] (notice that Clearlooks has
many color schemes already, that's just one of them)
[4] I made this mockup to demonstrate the problem:

Daniel Borgmann <spark mayl de>

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