I was instructed by Ludwig a few weeks back to post about Themes here, as
Artwork ML is apparently dead (which is quite sad). I am entirely to
blame if this feels out of scope here though.
This might be completly out of the blue, because that is something that
openSUSE has not been doing for years now, but I committed a theme, so
openSUSE may not be just great working, but also great looking. It is
also a part of the greater Leap 15.0 branding preparations I have been
doing for a few months now  (and apparently generating a lot of bugs
in the process, sorry). Presenting Geeko GTK theme  and to lesser
extent, for now, Geeko KDE theme , and, as a complementary icon theme,
Origami  as an idea for primary themes, for future openSUSE versions
in environments such as GNOME or XFCE.
Brief reminder to openSUSE Factory on which can be caught up to speed is
Fine, but why is it so important to announce it here, you may ask?
Awareness in this case is the most important factor. The more people
know about it, the more people submit bug reports, and when more people
use it daily and say what should be improved, the easier it is to make
sure that it will be 100% ready for all kinds of environments in which
openSUSE is used, before it's decided that it's rock sturdy and ready to
rock (I couldn't resist, sorry), so we don't have a Solus/Bungie
situation where all themes look broken beyond repair (for which I'm also
really sorry, bad experiences).
It's also very important to make DE maintainers aware of this kind of
change. I want to address every concern anybody might have about it,
especially from DE maintainers, because that is something that will
affect this part of openSUSE the most. This will be huge departure from
previous routes, so all decisions should be considered by a bigger part
of the community.
It will also come with some changes that will be required to make the
most out of those themes, on which the community should also comment.
Mainly connected to GNOME's shell theming and extension for that, but
most importantly YaST, that of which I tried to take the most care of. It
would be nice to have a consistent icon set for patterns and RPM groups
(as it is now, those parts seem impossible to change from a user's point
of view), because as of now, we have 3 different icon sets across both of
those parts of YaST (which, in my humble opinion, is just awful -- decide
on one and stick with it, if that's what you're aiming for). I made
Origami to have all possible YaST icons looking to YaST theme repo on
Github, including patterns and misc. icons from there, for full
GNOME would need an additional package to have the shell themed properly
(User Themes) because apparently, we can't have that functionality OOTB.
It's worth discussing if we want a system wide extension, which would
need to be updated as quickly as new versions come out, because the
Gnome Extensions page doesn't care that it's a system plugin and tries to
update it anyway, usually breaking everything in the process (something
that happened a few times on Fedora with some plugins which, again, is a
I leave it up to you now to decide, is it something that may interest you
and do you want to have that in your system from the start, to make it
look and feel nice?
Have a nice day,
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