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Wish list: 10 improvements for KDE 4.2

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on August 30, 2008 05:30 PM
> Easier theme installation

This is true, if only partly true. Comparing KDE's "theme" system to Gnome's is not really that accurate, considering that they don't really refer to exactly the same thing. What you are actually installing when you install a "theme" in Gnome is really just a tarball containing color schemes, pixmaps for window decorations or widgets, etc. On the other hand, what is usually called as a "theme" in KDE-Look (actually it's a misnomer) are widget "styles" and window decorations. They are not simply themes but engines or plugins. So you are really installing a program, not simply slapping on some config files or color settings.

So when you are installing a "style/theme" in KDE, you are actually installing a new widget engine, or a new window decoration plugin. In contrast, in Gnome, you are really just changing the settings of whatever GTK+ engine is being used. Try having to add a new GTK+ engine that isn't installed yet. You will undoubtedly have to use packages or compile them. And in the case of the window decoration, Metacity is built to be themeable using just pixmaps and that's that. All this would be functionally equivalent to having something like Domino or QtCurve installed as your widget style and deKorator as your window decoration. In that case, you'll be able to just drag and drop "themes" (which are basically just config files and/or pixmaps) to theme them.

- Jucato


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