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Alyssa Hung , Canada
Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements
KDE 3 Color Schemes
Compiz Themes

Floral White

Compiz Themes Sep 20 2008
Score 57%
43 Dislikes
Plasma Color Schemes


Plasma Color Schemes Sep 20 2008
Score 59%
41 Dislikes
Various KDE 1.-4. Styles
Various Stuff
QtCurve (KDE4, KDE3, & Gtk2 Theme)

QtCurve 2889 comments

Score 78%
22 Dislikes
Jan 16 2013
For some reason, when I rebuild QtCurve-Gtk2 with -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug, the problem goes away. I'm only seeing crashes with -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release. - Dec 16 2010
I had to rebuild something with debugging enabled to get any output at all. Here's what came out:

Starting program: /usr/bin/lxappearance
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0xb7d934e9 in gtk_scrolled_window_get_hscrollbar ()
from /usr/lib/
(gdb) list
362 lxappearance.c: No such file or directory.
in lxappearance.c
(gdb) - Dec 16 2010
Ever since updating to QtCurve 1.8.2, all Gtk2 apps crash when the background effect is set to anything but "flat", or background image is set to anything but "none". QtCurve 1.8.1 worked fine. Any guesses? - Dec 16 2010
The updated version works beautifully. Thank you for the quick response. :) - Feb 27 2008
I am using KDE4 SVN trunk with qt-copy (currently based on a snapshot of Qt 4.4).

For the past couple of weeks, my Gtk2 applications have defaulted to using QtCurve's default, blueish colour scheme instead of my chosen colours. Firefox had also been defaulting to a 12pt Sans font instead of my chosen font.

Looking through the source code tonight, I finally found the problem.

When QtCurve looks through ~/.config/Trolltech.conf, it reads settings from a section called "[Qt]" (title case). The problem is that my section was somehow named "[qt]" (lowecase). All of my other Qt4 and KDE4 programs were able to handle the lowercase [qt] section fine...

Maybe QtCurve could be adjusted to match [Qt] case insensitively? - Feb 25 2008

Beryl/Emerald Themes 20 comments

by aceph
Score 76%
24 Dislikes
Mar 31 2008
Beau~ti~ful! This is the kind of shockingly good design that gets my attention in a hurry, then turns out to be usable even after I've tried it. ^_^

I love how the border seems to go well with all kinds of colour schemes and backgrounds, and _love_ how the buttons are so easy to adapt to other themes.

It would be awesome if you could make a Help button, as well. - Dec 11 2007
Domino Orange (CooL)

KDE 3.5 Themes 6 comments

Score 44%
56 Dislikes
May 08 2007
It's an interesting effect, what you did with the buttons with the second preview... It looks like their glow comes from within, not from light cast on it. And also, the glow seems to shine straight out from the source instead of being diffused evenly across the whole surface. Very interesting. I wonder if I can tweak my own colour scheme into something like that? ^_^ - May 10 2007

Kopete Styles 85 comments

Score 76%
24 Dislikes
Sep 06 2008
I love this. Loooove~~

I was impressed by this at first sight, but I wasn't certain how much I'd like this in the long term since I had already modified Kopete's default style to suit my preferences...

But after having used it for almost a month now, I must say I'm still as in love with this style as I was on the first day. ^_^ Beatiful work. - Apr 12 2007

Various KDE 1.-4. Styles 4 comments

Score 49%
51 Dislikes
Apr 02 2007
Beautiful wallpaper! O.O Where did you come across such a wonder? I'd love to know too! - Apr 03 2007
Feisty New Human

Beryl/Emerald Themes 5 comments

by moita
Score 67%
33 Dislikes
Apr 01 2007
I like this one a lot. ^_^ I did a bit of minor touching up to make it blend in more with my colour scheme and give it a hint of translucency, but I'm generally very pleased with Ubuntu's colour schemes and the understated, yet not minimalist, elegance of their design.

The glow effect on the buttons is brilliant, too. It's been so long since I saw that kind of glow that I had almost forgotten that it's possible for the symbols, rather than their backgrounds, to light... - Apr 03 2007

Cliparts 3 comments

Score 66%
34 Dislikes
Mar 22 2007
That anti-IE icon looks better than the official IE logo! o.O Obvious effort went into that one. Good show! - Mar 22 2007
Kore Icons

Icon Themes 16 comments

by code2
Score 78%
22 Dislikes
Mar 22 2007
I can only guess as to what these icons are supposed to represent, but from an aesthetic angle, you seem to be on the right track. :)

The rounded glossy reflection on the bottom icon (black frame, blue panel) is interesting... It flicks back and forth in my mind as a reflection from the object versus a reflection near the object (like there's another layer of glass just in front of the visible icon).

The lighting effects on the whitish icon are completely different from those on any of the other icons. Is that one of the ways in which you might be differentiating, for example, mimetype icons and application icons?

I very much appreciate that this theme is not dominated by blue, as so many others are. :D I like the orange/amber on the first line. ^_^ - Mar 20 2007

QtCurve 33 comments

Score 68%
32 Dislikes
Mar 26 2007
I must ask the same question as the others: What Oxygen preview movie?

This theme is indeed beautiful. ^_^ Floating elements on top of floating panels, with floating shapes above them... Whoa. o.O Who knew subtlety could be such such a visual trip?

Even though I can't get KDE4 to run as an environment, and can't even get many individual apps to run, I'll certainly look forward to using something like this! - Mar 19 2007

KDE 3.5 Themes 404 comments

Score 74%
26 Dislikes
Feb 16 2007
It is very nice that everything in this theme appears uniformly rounded and softly gradiented. ^_^ It offers a futuristic look that is neither cold nor bland...

But there's an issue with the way Beryl handles shaped windows. Mainly, Beryl doesn't try to shadow them, which means that tooltips and menus both seem distinctly lacking in depth. ^^;

This is certainly not a problem with your theme, and more likely a design issue with Beryl, but for those of us who simply must have drop shadows, would you PLEASE consider adding an option for non-rounded menus and tooltips?

I'm so sorry for making a suggestion that breaks the theme's consistency, but... But... Drop shadows! - Mar 17 2007

KDE 3.5 Themes 395 comments

by mart
Score 74%
26 Dislikes
Feb 17 2009
Good stuff! Version 0.3 seems to be a dead link, however. - Aug 30 2005
This looks a lot like Linspire Clear, only more colourful. A lot more colourful. That makes a world of difference to me. ^_^

The lines around buttons seem a little too thick, but I suppose I'll get used to that with time.

It'd be nice to have a way to turn down the thickness/contrast of lines and borders (such as the groupbox frame) without getting rid of the glassy shine on buttons and menu highlights. (Adjusting contrast via the colour scheme affects everything.) - Aug 24 2005
koncept glamur

Plasma/KDE Screenshots 8 comments

by aivs
Score 46%
54 Dislikes
Aug 09 2005
Ah, yes. "In my humble opinion," then, it occurs to me that both the applications and window borders featured in the screenshot are probably KDE or Qt native. Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

I am aware that my gripes with the window decoration, in particular, may be valid design decisions on the part of the programmer artist who designed it. I respectfully disagree with those decisions.

The colour scheme, wallpaper, fonts, and pairing of widgets/decorations are well within the control of the person who posted the screenshot, however, so in accordance with his request for comments, I wished to express some unflattering opinions that found themselves to the top of my head.

I am sorry if those opinions came across as rude or presumptuous. - Aug 09 2005
Your screenshot...

- does not use anti-aliased fonts
- has a window decoration that is highly inconsistent in appearance between active and inactive windows
- has a window decoration whose buttons are visually indistinguishable
- has too much blue
- has an unattractive white border under the panel - Aug 09 2005

KDE 3.x Window Decorations 542 comments

Score 74%
26 Dislikes
Feb 01 2009
Yes, the overlay is a surprisingly major improvement. - Aug 01 2005
Crystal Clear

Icon Themes 198 comments

Score 80%
20 Dislikes
Jun 15 2007
I am SHOCKED! Seriously. I usually switch to using the latest widget styles and icon sets when they're released just to have something different to look at, but every time you make a new release of Crystal... Whoa.

This isn't simply a case of having something new to look at. Your icons are so good that there's no way I can forgive myself for not admiring them. I haven't been this impressed since I saw screenshots of Longhorn's Aero Glass look for the first time.

Excellent work. Insane work. Inspired work. - Jun 23 2005

KDE 3.5 Themes 121 comments

Score 73%
27 Dislikes
Jun 15 2005
Righto, got it. Just pointing stuff out in the spirit of beta. - Jun 17 2005
The status bar only appears flat when the statusbar border colour matches the background colour and the "Surround the sunken panels and the statusbars with dark borders" option is checked.

Also, the colour that the border has to match isn't the window background colour, but the statusbar background colour.

In Konqueror, when multiple tabs/views are open, the statusbar background is tinted a few shades brighter than the window background colour, which causes the statusbar to look unflattened again. - Jun 17 2005
I set both the "Arrow" and "Groove" colours to exactly #F5F2F3, which is the same as the window background. I've also checked the "Disable border of scrollbar grooves" option. No luck, sorry. - Jun 17 2005
Maybe it's just me, but it looks like a line is still drawn between the Up/Left scroll buttons and the scrollbar groove, whereas no line is drawn between the groove and the Down/Right buttons.

If the "Remove subtract-line are from add-line button of scrollbar" option is checked, then a line is drawn between the scrollbar groove and both sets of buttons.

Personally, I think the scrollbars look more attractive without the line separating the buttons and the groove. I'd like an option to make it so that no line separator is drawn for either set of scroll buttons. - Jun 16 2005
Ah, I see. Those menu gradients certainly are a lot more flexible than I expected.

They'd be even better if there was a decay rate that would cause colour A to fade completely to colour B before it reached the opposite edge of the menu, like maybe at the 1/4 point. :) - Feb 28 2005
It looks like the up and left scroll buttons are still gradiented in the wrong direction (relative to the scrollbar groove and the down and right arrows).

Some combo boxes and some toolbar buttons (Firefox toolbar, GKrellM Net config, Gimp config) in GTK-Qt are now entirely coloured by the button/combobox prelight colour regardless of whether the "only for inner circumference" option is set.

Website form buttons and combo boxes are also not following the "inner circumference only" option for prelighting.

I can't seem to figure out what the decay gradient options do... - Feb 27 2005
Not sure if it's intentional, but the scroll up/left button looks raised (opposite gradient as scrollbar groove) whereas the scroll down/right button looks depressed (same gradient as scrollbar groove). - Feb 15 2005
With GTK-Qt, radio buttons are squished into an egg-like shape and their right edge is cropped off. ThinKeramik and Active Heart have this problem too, but it's less noticeable. - Feb 15 2005
Woooooow, another style dedicated to high customisation! I can't get enough of these! Thank you so much.

The ability to tweak the speed of progress bar animations, the small and unobtrusive scrollbars, and the translucent slider are very nice touches. Lightweight comboboxes look fabulous with that subtly coloured arrow and border. Buttons from Active Heart are a plus, too, I like them much better than ThinKeramik's buttons.

There are only two things that can use a little improvement. As mentioned by others, the scrollbar groove looks too much like a button; the scrollbar handle looks like it's sitting on top of the groove rather than in it.

When I use the inner-circumference button prelight and mouse over a dialogue's default button, a weird shading artifact appears along the top and left edges just inside the highlighted circumference.

If I may request a feature, please make it possible to use gradiented menu stripes (stripe colour fades to menu background colour) like in the Lipstik style. - Feb 15 2005

Individual Icons/-sets 48 comments

by mart
Score 79%
21 Dislikes
Jun 03 2006
I'm very eager to start using version 0.3, but the archive appears to be damaged:

$ tar -jxvf glaze-0.3.tar.bz2
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers

bzip2: Data integrity error when decompressing.
Input file = (stdin), output file = (stdout)

It is possible that the compressed file(s) have become corrupted.
You can use the -tvv option to test integrity of such files.

$ bunzip2 -tvv glaze-0.3.tar.bz2
[1: huff+mtf rt+rld]data integrity (CRC) error in data - Jun 17 2005
So much shiny clear plastic motif... I'm in heaven. :)

The silvery folder icons are very nice. I never understood why so many other icon sets defaulted to blue folders or generally revolved around the colour blue. Most computer monitors I've seen have a high enough default colour temperature that I don't even need any blue to see it everywhere! It's depressing, you know, to be so blue.

I'd personally love to see more green or orange. They're colours that convey motion, excitation, expression, action...

But, ah, I'm rambling.

Excellent work! Please let this eventually grow into a complete icon set. - May 11 2005
Configuration experience level

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 34 comments

Score 65%
35 Dislikes
Jul 05 2005
Then what goes into expert mode and what stays out? There've been similar arguments on kde-usability before: if they create an advanced options dialogue, what is "advanced" and what should be presented immediately?

If there is to be an Expert Mode button (or mastery level radio buttons), it would need to be persistent. If I click the Expert Mode button once, I want all subsequent config dialogues I call up to default to expert mode. Until I click the Beginner Mode (or whatever) button, at which point it'll all default to beginner mode again.

But persistence like that is not consistent with how the Defaults/OK/Apply/Cancel in config dialogues work. - May 25 2005
Angelic Sounds

System Sounds 17 comments

Score 56%
44 Dislikes
May 12 2005
It does great justice to its title. Nice. - May 13 2005
Popsicle X11 Mouse theme

Cursors 7 comments

Score 52%
48 Dislikes
Mar 09 2005
Why, thank you, I do believe I qualify as one of those transparency nuts. - Mar 10 2005
Smooth Blend

KDE 3.x Window Decorations 116 comments

by p0z3r
Score 69%
31 Dislikes
Jun 13 2005
Why not make the title buttons use the Title Button colours? That way, it won't look strange when I switch to a window decoration that actually uses the Title Blend colour as the title blend colour. - Feb 24 2005

Cursors 23 comments

Score 55%
45 Dislikes
Dec 15 2005
Thank you, I do like them better this way. - Jan 28 2005
Why are the move/resize cursors missing drop shadows? I can see that the crosshairs and I-beam cursors should be accurate, but why the move/resize cursors? - Jan 23 2005
POLARIS: Security enhancement for KDE

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 8 comments

Score 61%
39 Dislikes
Jan 24 2005
Would that not be one user per app per context per user? It'd be dangerous if any one user could go around opening .kwd files belonging to any other user merely by selecting it in KWord's open file dialogue. Even more dangerous if they can save it simply by selecting it in KWord's save file dialogue. - Jan 25 2005

KDE 3.x Window Decorations 175 comments

Score 73%
27 Dislikes
Jan 26 2005
Installed 0.7.5 today. No crashing, but I don't see any painting either. The area where the window decoration would have been never repaints, and whatever passes over it stays there until something else passes over it. - Dec 28 2004
... Mostly.

I experienced one last X freeze when logging out and back in after I installed 0.7.4 (the first bordered window I opened after I logged back in froze it), but haven't been able to reproduce it.

I suppose we can call it fixed, at least in my case. :) - Dec 23 2004
When kwin causes X to freeze, the screen stops repainting. It's still possible to move the mouse cursor around, but nothing responds to clicks or drags. GKrellM graphs stop updating, animated GIFs stop animating, toolbar buttons don't respond to mouseovers, etc.

I have to kill kwin (SIGKILL), edit kwinrc to use a style other than crystalgl, then restart kwin. Otherwise, it'll freeze again when kwin tries to paint a border around any window.

Once kwin is up and running, switching back to crystalgl is not a problem. - Dec 23 2004
Already tried that. Along with reinstalling KDE, moving the old config out of the way, etc. - Dec 22 2004
If I already have a session of kwin running, I can switch to and use Crystal-GL without problems, but X freezes whenever kwin is restarted. The freeze also occurs when I log in, but not until I open a window that has a border (i.e. GKrellM, kicker, XMMS and all that are fine).

I'm using Frugalware's KDE 3.3.2 with X.Org 6.8.1 and an nVidia card with driver version 1.0-6629. - Dec 22 2004

KDE 3.5 Themes 347 comments

by PaT
Score 74%
26 Dislikes
Oct 01 2007
The option for "paint comboboxes with highlight colour" causes the combobox down-arrow thing's background to be painted with the Selected Background colour, but the arrow doesn't follow the Selected Text colour. - Dec 04 2004

Wallpaper Other 2 comments

Score 42%
58 Dislikes
Oct 24 2004
This wallpaper is way underrated. It changes colour with the desktop background! *ooh, ahh*

Very nice, works well with every style/windeco/colourscheme/iconset I can throw at it. - Oct 24 2004
Edgeless Freedom

Wallpaper Other 1 comment

Score 44%
56 Dislikes
Sep 22 2004
Hmm... I see lots of edge-like thingies and the whole construct looks kind of like a cage. - Sep 23 2004
KWin drop shadow patches

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 134 comments

Score 73%
27 Dislikes
Apr 29 2004
A stable API, for one, which I certainly can't promise. - Apr 29 2004
Fahrenheit Window Decoration

KDE 3.x Window Decorations 50 comments

Score 61%
39 Dislikes
Dec 09 2007
Exceptional, unconventional, and generally nice all-round. It also does unkind things to my poor, struggling CPU as it tries to draw drop shadows around all those curves. :P

It'd be nice if the Title Button colour settings could be followed.

In response to a comment made above, I like having the window title tab thing locked to one side. It makes good screenshots easier to set up, or something. That said, I would like an option to lock it to the right side instead of the left. - Apr 17 2004
Active Heart

KDE 3.5 Themes 105 comments

Score 69%
31 Dislikes
Apr 28 2004
You eliminated yet another thing that'd been bugging me for the longest time but which I didn't say anything about because I thought it was a design decision. :)

Lack of a "light weight" editable combobox widget is exactly why I never stayed with ThinKeramik for long. I'm very glad that you focus so much on configurability. - Apr 01 2004
Kwin Active Heart

KDE 3.x Window Decorations 18 comments

Score 70%
30 Dislikes
Apr 24 2004
But shaded windows won't look complete without the bottom border proudly displaying the title blend colour!

Just my opinion, of course, since a lot of people clearly don't think that more colours == better. ;) - Mar 21 2004