Mailinglist Archive: opensuse-kde (130 mails)

< Previous Next >
[opensuse-kde] KDE Branding HOWTO
  • From: Will Stephenson <wstephenson@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:01:13 +0200
  • Message-id: <201006161801.14234.wstephenson@xxxxxxx>
I've been finishing the branding work for 11.3 this week, and have been
documenting how to do it as I go. The first draft is attached. Comments? If
I was hit by a bus tomorrow, could you do openSUSE 11.4 branding? (Lubos
doesn't need to answer that ;)).


Will Stephenson, KDE Developer, openSUSE Boosters Team
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH - Nürnberg - AG Nürnberg - HRB 16746 - GF: Markus Rex
If you are working on openSUSE itself:
1) Checkout git repos containing branding:

Otherwise, modify the tarballs in place for package kdebase4-openSUSE:
2) Update desktop wallpaper:
Copy wallpaper from source to

Make sure you update all sizes!

If KDE is sharing a wallpaper with other desktops, it probably comes from

with the wallpaper name and author's details.

3) Update the image used for the background of apps' about pages:


This is another 1920x1200 JPEG so you can probably copy the large wallpaper.

4) Update the KDM theme:


is the background image but you may wish to change the theme completely, in
which case other files should change.

Note that the theme name, 'SUSE' is set in the kdmrc so if you change this,
update it in package kdebase4-workspace

5) Update bookmarks, feeds, and other desktop configuration

These are stored in


and contain a number of SUSE and KDE-specific URLs

6) Start button icon

Can be replaced with


7) Application Defaults:
7.1) Kickoff application launcher
sets the Kickoff's home URL and default Favourites

7.2) Login splash screen
sets the theme name and the theme is contained in

7.3) Oxygen settings
Eg windeco stripes are enabled at:

7.4) Plasma settings
Are configured the oldfashioned way by overriding the config file using
Note that this configures the default desktop containment.

7.5) SUSEGreeter background
is the background for SUSEGreeter, the info page shown on first login. Update
it using the current background. It is currently made legible for black text
by adding using a Soft Light layer filled with white at 75% opacity in GIMP
starting at 40 pixels.

7.6) kio_sysinfo background
contains the sources for the ioslave. If you look in the kdebase4-openSUSE
sources, you will see there is a kio_sysinfo_background.png that is copied into
the install tree to replace upstream's version of the SUSE branding with the
current openSUSE release's image.

The image is currently made by fading the top section of the default wallpaper
to white using a Dodge layer.


A script in the git tree, update_rpm, creates the source tarball for the
kdebase4-openSUSE package. It will either check the git sources out into a
temp folder and use those, or use your checkout. If you have local changes
which have not been pushed to gitorious, set MY_KDEBASE4_OPENSUSE_CHECKOUT to
point to your local clone, which makes update_rpm copy the sources from there
instead of gitorious.

Commit your changes to your local git repo, go to your checkout of the
kdebase4-openSUSE package (NOT the git checkout) and execute update_rpm - osc
status will show that the tarball is modified. Now just update the package
changelog and osc ci.

< Previous Next >
Follow Ups