Re: [Nautilus-list] Re: GNOME theme in Mozilla (was GNOME user environment brainstorming)

On Thu, 24 May 2001, Ian McKellar wrote:

> On Thu, May 24, 2001 at 07:05:53PM -0400, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> > 
> > > Though moving to Crux would be nicer (in my biased opinion).
> > We need a default that works over the network and isn't so
> > graphics-intensive. That's the main issue.
> No. I really think you're wrong on this issue. I think its very very 
> important to have a theme that works well and efficiently over the network.
> But its also important to have a theme thats usable and looks attractive. I
> think we can have both - thats why Gtk+ is themeable!
> For the first year or two I used X it was exclusively over the network - on
> dumbish X11R5 x-terminals. Over time I began using them less and using X
> on the console of PCs running Linux more. These days I hardly ever use remote
> X.
> What I would suggest is that we make the default Gtk theme be as attractive
> and user-friendly as possible and have an option to use a theme that is more
> network-friendly. I'm fairly sure that at least 95% of GNOME users never run
> any remote apps. Anyone who does run remote apps will have to do a bunch of
> configuration to get GNOME to run remotely anyway. I recall there being
> outstanding issues with gdm's XDMCP support and GNOME packages are frequently
> not tested with remote X setups (Ximian 1.2 didn't work with remote X logins
> for a long time).
> So thats my little rant - tell me if I'm wrong :)

I have Ximian 1.2 which 1200+ users across campus have access via
the exceed Xserver on NT boxes to solaris, debian and redhat, if gnome
became more bandwidth intensive (like very early versions on Ximian) we
would no be able to change our standard X desktop to gnome, if
anything gnome could be a little more light weight in places. 

A network-friendly gnome is a real issue for us, most apps seem work out
of the Box.

Phill. Camp

Senior Computer Science Computing Officer
University Of Kent 

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