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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:57 am    Post subject: What desktop gives the sexy eye-candy? Reply with quote

I've used Gnome for years, but recently screenshots showing partially transparent menus, terminals, etc. have caught my eye. When I rebuilt a system on Gentoo recently, I decided to install Xfce4 instead of Gnome, because I thought that was one of the one I'd seen demo'd. I haven't yet seen options for the cooler eye-candy, though.

Any pointers toward a *stable* desktop that offers great looks would be appreciated. That said, I'm really considering switching back to Gnome just because, although I like a lot of things about xfce, there are several things that grate about it, too. So I don't want something that's too primitive to be useful for many hours every day.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That said, I'm really considering switching back to Gnome just because, although I like a lot of things about xfce, there are several things that grate about it, too.
To satisfy my curiosity, what exactly are you missing using XFce4 instead of Gnome?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That said, I'm really considering switching back to Gnome just because, although I like a lot of things about xfce, there are several things that grate about it, too.
To satisfy my curiosity, what exactly are you missing using XFce4 instead of Gnome?


I started a separate thread: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-314157.html
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, fluxbox devel version has transparency for the root menu. As for transparent terminals, that depends on your particular virtual terminal. Usually the terminal of choice is aterm, though some dissappointing news about Afterstep integration means people may be switching soon. Eterm also has transparency, and a few others do as well, I haven't looked into it yet, however, because I still use aterm.

However, for general eye-candy, you'll want to look into Enlightenment e17. God that thing is candy-filled. Makes me sick to my stomach just looking at screenshots! (I'm a fluxbox user myself).

Enlightenment:
http://www.enlightenment.org/x_location.php?album=derfer&key=1

Fluxbox with transparency (and a few parts borrowed from XFCE, not sure which):
http://www.lynucs.org/index.php?screen_id=1368433408422ef504bbfe5&p=screen
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

latest kde (3.4) have added support for transparant windows, shadows etc.
it's even simple as turning on the features from the kontrolcenter, and there are quite a bunch of nice options :)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try Fvwm beats them all !!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

E17, although its not stable yet :cry:
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gnome with redhat-artwork.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use KDE with Comix (see http://kdelook.org/content/show.php?content=16028) style and The Reinhardt Icon Set (formely Slicker) (see http://kdelook.org/content/show.php?content=6153) and it looks good.
I like it ;)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heheh, check my web page and you will see what fvwm can do and much more, i learn a new thing every day :lol:
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mascanho wrote:
try Fvwm beats them all !!


Sorry, but I don't agree with you fully. FVWM - with it's standard configuration looks more than worse - only after spending hours in understanding the config files you'll be able to create a nice desktop. Sure, you can download configs of other people - but I'm sure you'll still have to configure them to fit your wishs. ;)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup fully agree but thats what makes it so cool , and diferent from all the others, and once you start learning it you can make whatever you what with it i repeat whaterver you whant, it has infinites possibilites of configurations thats why i like it, all the others are very restrictive , but not FVWM
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry but if you are talking about the eye candy window manager, then I would strongly agree that e17 (or DR17 or whatever the heck it's called now) is the best looking one out there... Can't wait for it to become stable and then all hell will break loose over there! :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fvwm is all eye-candy as you want (with patience).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're willing to spend the better part of a week writing a config file, FVWM can look beautiful. But as far as out of the box, e17 and XFCE4.2 look great and work great. And to me Openbox is simply beautiful, but not everyone goes for the whole minimalistic thing. FVWM and Openbox are solid and stable, but I've never used e17 and I've only used XFCE4.2 for about 30 minutes total (during which time it did not crash).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like a good balance between eye candy and functionality. I personally use openbox and a glmatrix background with a right click menu, is all I need to do anything I want :) Very simplistic.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want a stable core + some in development (but work fine at least here) eyecandy stuff, I believe your looking for the stable E16 with the default winter theme and Engage as a dockbar. It's clean, beautiful and fast. Beauty is a very subjective thing of course - one of the good things about open source is the freedom to choose. Luckily there are alot of nice window managers/desktop environments.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FVWM is what you want, eyecandy functionality , everything it just takes a bit to get used to it, but after that man you wont whant nothing else, and we are talking here from a WM that can do all you want with a simple code, a non borked code like enli for exemple
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sexy is no good if it just sits (lays?) there and looks pretty. ;)

KDE can look like the girl next door or the cover of your SI swimsuit edition or that leather clad hottie at the club, but KDE also knows how to handle the desktop in a way that will push you over the top. 8) It's ok to take some time getting things working right but when it works so good from the first time it just makes every time afterwards so much better. :D

kdelook.org is a good place to find your flavor.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:06 pm    Post subject: mascanho Reply with quote

after checking out your screens8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) DUDE I love the blue girl theme that is one of the coolest theme and shots I've ever seen8) 8) 8)

I've got to get me one of those and ditch gnome

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Al'Capone BlueGirl hum ... it rings me some bells ..... is it mine your talking about ?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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