note: Can you make buttons being reorganized. It means remove the button layout out of the theme's "themerc" file? There are too many buttons which could seam messy and I cannot move or remove them. - Jun 06 2018
note: You may also like similar theme named "Simply Retro XFCE", which can be found here: https://www.opendesktop.org/p/1134969/ - Jun 06 2018
The problem was solved over years with GUI toolkit (GUI components etc.). Such toolkit was library programmed for each operating system or each Desktop Environment.
It was also a solution to low memory of a desktop computer, where application shared the GUI toolkit in order to save memory footprint.
The guideline must be not too complex in order to allow a wide range of applications to follow it. On the other hand there could be some more guidelines (concepts) for example a General User UI Concept, Administration Concept (concept for system administrators - terminal etc.), Graphics and multimedia concepts (like DTP, 3D creations, movie creations etc.), Server System Concept, and so on.
Of course as well as web application frameworks are created (Joomla, Drupal etc.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_application_frameworks ) there could also be finished coded FluiDE toolkit or many other toolkits and frameworks shared among applications from wide range of developers.
The primary goal of a guideline is making usage over wide range of applications very similar (preventing a user to learn how to use every application) etc. The concept is a specific (but still anough general and open) to create UI (to say it exactly the GNOME concept exactly describes the GNOME DE and developers can create their own toolkits and frameworks which would look and behave exactly as a GNOME DE - so there could be per application specific GNOME DEs with or without sharing the framework).
Our task could be only to create very smart concept(s) which they really worth to follow. Plus code a FluiDE DE - as a real working example of what the concept is capable of. And if the FluiDE code will be perfectly written, it could be shared and meet with a success.
These are my thoughts today.
- Sep 20 2012
BTW - I must note something to David - Although I can release my imagination to fly long time ahead and above, or I have only some crazy ideas or thoughts, when I must make some real concepts I'm able to think with feet on the ground. And when making final decisions I'm able to strike all thinking and ideas with thin line and decide for older proved but better solutions :) - Feb 20 2012
Exactly. I had this idea too. I imagined every application be a plugin into the OS with single (or multiple types) of user control. The whole OS will then be nothing more than a single application extensible by plugins (the app plugins - libraries etc.). I was also thinking of technical issue little bit and talk about some technical things of this idea when we were talking about today application plugins (in previous comments some time ago). But it has one problem. It is the OS itself. It would be a lot of work to do and maybe even to redesign the OS. Well thats a deal like a whole computer world. :) - redesign Linux from the base :D
OK nice ideas. But we are still only 3 here most active in our group. Although this group can start a UI interface revolution from XEROX era still we must concentrate on reachable goals (as David said). To define some nearby task of our work would require to balance between the imagination and thinking with feet on the ground. Both points of view are correct (I think) at least few days or weeks (maybe months) before thinking in real tasks.
But it all is so exciting that I have the same feeling: start some pre-work, think on technical issues, determine some final goals. Make some thing which will do something we are talking about here.
OK but without a hurry I will speak for a few days about the whole pack of ideas I got in my mind 2 years ago. Surely you will have another ideas and thoughts from many points of view. When we discuss the ideas coming up in our minds next days we can realise that we can lay down some real reachable goals and maybe a good start of some tries and real work. It seems that it depends on us whether we provide something what will attract another guys to join this group (at least).
- Jan 28 2012
Voted up (plus) - Mar 29 2012