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Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users
Posted Nov 12, 2012 2:14 UTC (Mon) by Company (guest, #57006)
In the context of themes, the GNOME project considers themes a bad thing, because you cannot advocate a unified design if you don't know how things are going to look in the end. This is not an uncommon view for desktop projects - neither OS X, iOS, Windows nor Android come with multiple designs.
For GTK itself, the users outside of GNOME (Windows, OS X, Unity, Sugar, XFCE) have so far made a strong point towards keeping themability a part of the toolkit.
But I'm saying it all the time, and am repeating it here: the GTK toolkit is defined by the people that take an interest and participate in developing it. And those people are currently almost 100% coming from the GNOME side. And as long as that is the case, expect GTK to be more and more the GNOME toolkit and less and less something else.
Posted Nov 12, 2012 12:46 UTC (Mon) by ewan (subscriber, #5533)
Android comes with loads of designs; most handset manufacturers use their own to 'differentiate' their products, widgets can be themed, and entire components like the launcher and the home screen can be replaced. To say nothing of entirely different UXes like the ones embedded in TVs, e-readers etc.
I'm pretty sure quite a lot of the look of (desktop) Windows can be changed around too - I've just had a look in Control Panel on a machine I have access to and there's a whole 'Appearance and Personalization' section with sub-entries including 'Change the theme'.
Posted Nov 12, 2012 14:26 UTC (Mon) by vonbrand (subscriber, #4458)
"Handset manufacturer replaces most of the GUI" != "end user tweaks theme"
Ubuntu also replaced most of the UI of Gnome 3 with Unity, Microsoft changes the UI regularly to make their latest stuff look new.
Posted Nov 12, 2012 14:42 UTC (Mon) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
Posted Nov 13, 2012 16:40 UTC (Tue) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
Posted Nov 12, 2012 15:28 UTC (Mon) by ewan (subscriber, #5533)
Specifics aside, the general idea that it's impossible to design something useful if you don't know exactly how it's going to look is a nonsense.
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