[openbox] theme question

Ben Jansens xor at orodu.net
Tue Jan 20 12:34:26 EST 2004

On Mon, Jan 19, 2004 at 10:03:49PM -0500, John Russell wrote:
> However, after a few months of puttering around with rc.xml some
> dabbling with the C code and stuff, I got an itch.  The themes.  The
> themes kinda bother me.  They are all more or less the same shape and
> ... eh.  You know?  So that got me looking around, where I found the
> DESIGN directory.  It was some talk in there about engines, where there
> could conceivably be infinite flexibility of themes, by building
> different engines.  Some could be written that would parse themes from
> other WM (sawfish, blackbox, metacity, etc.).  So openbox could use the
> superset of all wm themes in the universe.  
> This almost made me wet myself, but then I realized that, come on, there
> just themes.  So anyway, what ever happened to this idea?  The themes as
> they are now seem kinda limited and *clears throught and gets ready to
> duck*  ... dull.  

The theme engine idea was dropped during its implementation. Simplicity and
consistancy in appearance, theming, and code, was chosen over the far more
complicated engines idea.

Personally, I like the look of Openbox (obvious statement I suppose). A lot
of things were added to the theme engine since Openbox 2.0 to allow for more
effects with themes (especially wrt the title bar buttons).

If you think all the themes are dull, are you making this judgement on the
themes shipped with Openbox 3? I grabbed just a few clean themes (which all
seem to have neded up in the grey spectrum :P) for distribution. You should
check out the Openbox site's links page, which has links to a few user owned
theme sites. You will find a lot more variety, spice, color, etc. from
these themes.

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