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[openFATE 312120] Make default KDE theme greenish, to match whole system
Feature changed by: Dino E (D_E)
Feature #312120, revision 29
Title: Make default KDE theme greenish, to match whole system

openSUSE 12.1: Done
Requester: Mandatory

openSUSE Distribution: Unconfirmed
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Dino E (d_e)
Partner organization:

We really need to make default KDE theme green, to match whole system
greenish appearance. It's involves just two steps: make default green
icon set (like

) and make default green colours (like
Edit: Added it for 12.2, as it is incomplete in 12.1. While root now
- have pretty green theme, newly created users still get default KDE-
- blue.
+ have pretty green theme, users still get default KDE-blue.

Business case (Partner benefit): It's kinda ugly when you have blue icons and colours in
otherwise green system. Also blue is highly overused nowadays -
remember default themes in windows, from 95 to latest 7, in all mac os
x, and in tons of other linux distributions.

#1: m s (miki100) (2011-03-25 18:04:22)
Yes, that is great idea. I also wanted to submit it. Gnome version of
openSUSE has its great Sonar theme, while KDE desktop always sticks
with blue Oxygen. Changing colour scheme to this from description would
be good (I also changed my color scheme to that), changing icons too.
openSUSE was and will be green ;) Have a lot of fun! :)

#2: Benjamin Misja (alvanx) (2011-03-28 12:57:03)
I created Ordinary Green, and I fully agree that openSUSE shouldn't use
the default blue KDE colors. (Thank you for taking my color scheme as
an example! :-) ) For icons though, too much green might make it look
unprofessional. There might be a point for using green instead of blue
folder icons. Take Mint, for example: I think they (used to) go a
little too far on greenifying everything (now they use Faenza for most
things, which looks real nice). No problem with a few good accents of
green on those awesome Oxygen icons though.

#3: m s (miki100) (2011-06-06 15:35:27)
I created another color scheme, which we could use in KDE. It is based
on Sonar from GNOME. More details on my blog here:

#4: melchiaros melchiaros (melchiaros) (2011-06-07 18:51:40)
All green?
It would be a consistent style, but ... it could be a little bit to
much. Green and blue is as combination quite o.k. You know blue make
you be stay in freedom. Very good when the system is not so smooth

#5: m s (miki100) (2011-06-08 09:23:20) (reply to #4)
OK, maybe my color scheme is a bit too green, but Benjamin Misja's
Ordinary Green fits openSUSE much better than default KDE colors,
because now only wallpaper is green. Of course please don't think that
I'm obsessed with green color ;) . I only don't understand why we can't
change default blue colors to green.

#6: Dino E (d_e) (2011-06-09 13:09:37) (reply to #4)
All Green!!
There simply can't be "too much" consistency. The design is consistent
or it isn't. Like with OpenSUSE, where GNOME theme is very well done,
polished and consistent and KDE theme is default, which simply doesn't
integrates with GRUB, BootSplash and KDM themes and fall apart. If you
like blue and it makes you feel something, it is your personal
preference, but for me blue is killingly boring - any feelings is
subjective. What is objective is that "blue is highly overused". Take
default theme of any Windows version - from Windows 95 to upcoming
Windows 8 they are all-blue. Take default theme of almost any Mac OS X
version - from Pre X to upcoming 10.7 Lion they are all-blue. Take
default theme of almost any Linux distribution - they are all-blue.
OpenSUSE NEEDS as good, polished and consistent default KDE theme as it
already have in GNOME. Besides being visually pleasing it will allow
OpenSUSE to stand-out from other blue-faced distribution twins.

#7: Mário Castanheira (speccyman) (2011-08-28 03:16:58)
totally agree!

#8: Andrey Karepin (egdfree) (2011-10-15 10:38:10)
Green Power!

#9: Flan Suse (flansuse) (2011-11-26 17:26:35)
This was a huge thing to overlook in openSUSE KDE, even as far back as
11.2! GNOME has the green Sonar theme and icon set, which gives a look
of professionalism, branding, and consistency; yet for some reason KDE
(the jewel of openSUSE) uses the vanilla theme and icon set?
I use the Ordinary Green 2 theme, linked above. It's one of the first
things I installed on my openSUSE KDE systems. I also use some sort of
green icon set.
If openSUSE GNOME version is tricked out in sexy green, why not KDE as
well? I was going to make a feature request myself, but I was pleased
to know this was already requested!
How come this says "Done" for openSUSE 12.1? I installed 12.1 KDE on a
test machine, and it uses the vanilla blue theme with blue icons.
When implemented, this should also apply to the root user as well, so
when launching Yast or the package manager, the same green theme will
be used. This is better than seeing the blue theme when running root

#10: Flan Suse (flansuse) (2011-11-26 17:31:05) (reply to #9)
I should add though that the color theme should be tested to make sure
it does no hinder readability or act funky with certain applications.
For example, there are some black KDE color themes that make the
address bar for web browsers unreadable. I doubt Ordinary Green 2 has
these issues, but it's better to verify than to assume in this case!
Oh... and the web site is green for heaven's sake! If that isn't a good
enough reason, I don't know what is.

#11: Flan Suse (flansuse) (2011-11-27 16:43:44)
Ordinary Green 2 was just updated 10 minutes ago to Ordinary Green 3!
Here are the changes: - New shade green - Finally adopted the darker
grey of Oxygen default (used to be that of Oxygen Cold - Some
optimizations regarding details like title bar and link colors

#12: Benjamin Misja (alvanx) (2011-11-27 18:09:25) (reply to #11)
Yes, I was inspired by your comments here to finally post the version
that I had been testing with openSUSE 11.4 for months. Thanks for the
advertisement! :-) It's really nice to hear that you liked version 2 so
much. How do you like the new green? Anything that's not working?

#13: Flan Suse (flansuse) (2011-11-27 19:32:05) (reply to #12)
Thank you for your work on this essential KDE color theme! I did indeed
love version 2, and I just tried out version 3 on my openSUSE 11.4
system. Your version 3's green hues lean more towards an aqua tint,
which perfectly matches openSUSE 11.4 default wallpaper. I really love
the smoothness of it (not as "forced green" as version 2.) I used
version 3 on Opera, Firefox, and Chrome, and so far I have found no
readability or consistency issues.
Of course, ironically, version 2 (not 3) matches openSUSE 12.1 more
closely, since 12.1 doesn't have an aqua-like green wallpaper. That's
why I think version 2 is a better match for openSUSE 12.1.
This is only my opinion: I love both versions equally (and will use
version 3 on my 11.4 computer.) They are very, very well done and look
like you've put much thought and effort into them, unlike some other
color themes out there. Even though version 2 matches openSUSE 12.1
better, I'd still rather use version 3 over the plain, boring vanilla
KDE blue theme.
Since you made these color themes for openSUSE, perhaps you can have
two versions at the same time, for the two currently supported openSUSE
versions? (E.g, now it would be Ordinary Green 11.4 and 12.1, later it
would be Ordinary Green 12.1 and 12.2.) That might be too much work,
and I don't want you to stress it. In the end, your color theme is what
openSUSE KDE needs desperately by default. It looks nice, it's
polished, and it breaks us free from the boring and inconsistent blue
Thank you so much again for your work!

#14: Withheld Withheld (brawn) (2011-11-29 03:56:44)
Perhaps the Sonar icon theme can be used in openSUSE KDE as the
default, more or less like this-
( . Or something like Linux Mint's version of
the Elementary icon theme-
( .

#15: Kles4enko Andrey (likimoki) (2011-12-13 14:30:30)
I think the icon theme is very good! But, the color so-so... and need

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