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#16 javagreen

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 13:44

Now where have I seen that look before? ...


It's the Elementary Lion Gnome Shell theme by DzaDze and Adawaita Cupertino GTK3 mod, also by Dzadze.


#17 ViperAFK

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 14:44

Have you tried ubuntu yet? Ubuntu has some of the best linux font rendering out of the box IMO, and its also great with vertical screen space because of the global menus and how maximized windows integrate with the top panel. Fedora and Suse (the distros you mentioned in your op) are known for poor font rendering out of the box. Generally ubuntu and ubuntu based distros have decent rendering.

You could also try fuduntu, its a netbook oriented distro based on fedora which uses the infinality font rendering patches out of the box (gives very windows 7-like font rendering):

http://www.fuduntu.org/

The infinality patches can also easily be installed on fedora (there is a repo for it) and I believe opensuse as well:
http://www.infinality.net/blog/

Here's a screenshot of my arch desktop using infinality:
http://www.neowin.ne...ttach_id=313925

And fedora 17 with infinality:
http://www.neowin.ne...ttach_id=313273

Also here's some screenshots of ubuntu's default rendering:
http://i.imgur.com/jg88W.png
http://i.imgur.com/UxhiM.png
http://i.imgur.com/WdYBj.png

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 14:53

Ubuntu .. and its also great with vertical screen space because of the global menus and how maximized windows integrate with the top panel.


Just to add to this, I believe Gnome 3 also has an extension that does almost the same thing. It really does save a fair bit of vertical screen space.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:08

Try the in finality font patches. They improve Linux's font rendering by miles.

#20 OP migo

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 19:57

I know where you're coming from. You can give Arch Linux a shot if you'd like *absolute* control over what goes in there and how it's set up. Else I can recommend Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome 2/3. It's pretty minimal (with Gnome, that is) screen estate usage wise, and you can install AWN to have a dock @ the bottom with your most used apps. The dock can be set to 'Intellihide' mode, which hides it whenever you're running any app fullscreen and pops up when you move your cursor to the bottom.

If you want, I'll link you up to the Gnome shell theme + GTK 3 I'musing so you can achieve the same clean and uncluttered aesthetic. That, and gnome-tweak-tool will get the job done for you with whichever custom fonts you settle for.

And finally, I agree with 08993, what you can achieve in one distro can be had on any other distro as well.


I actually tried Gnome3 when it came out (openSuSE in this case), and for the most part I really liked it, but some of the control windows popped up requiring 600 vertical pixels instead of the 576 I had. As if the devs had forgot to consider supporting all resolutions instead of setting a minimum one). Is there actually a fix for that, or a way to manually resize every window even if the devs thought that the window shouldn't be resized?

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 20:05

Have you tried ubuntu yet? Ubuntu has some of the best linux font rendering out of the box IMO, and its also great with vertical screen space because of the global menus and how maximized windows integrate with the top panel. Fedora and Suse (the distros you mentioned in your op) are known for poor font rendering out of the box. Generally ubuntu and ubuntu based distros have decent rendering.

You could also try fuduntu, its a netbook oriented distro based on fedora which uses the infinality font rendering patches out of the box (gives very windows 7-like font rendering):

http://www.fuduntu.org/

The infinality patches can also easily be installed on fedora (there is a repo for it) and I believe opensuse as well:
http://www.infinality.net/blog/

Here's a screenshot of my arch desktop using infinality:
http://www.neowin.ne...ttach_id=313925

And fedora 17 with infinality:
http://www.neowin.ne...ttach_id=313273

Also here's some screenshots of ubuntu's default rendering:
http://i.imgur.com/jg88W.png
http://i.imgur.com/UxhiM.png
http://i.imgur.com/WdYBj.png


Thanks, that's very useful. To my eye the infinality patches look just a bit better than Ubuntu default rendering, although I doubt I could put my finger on specifically what it is (no matter, I only need to know for me that it looks subjectively better than something else).

#22 OP migo

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 20:06

Just to add to this, I believe Gnome 3 also has an extension that does almost the same thing. It really does save a fair bit of vertical screen space.


Nice, I've definitely been liking when I see that in a distro review. One question though, with Chromium, do the tabs end up sitting in the top panel?

#23 OP migo

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:30

Does that Gnome 3 extension have a Gnome 2.32 equivalent? I'm seeing a lack of integrating the title bar with the top panel in the Fuduntu videos I've seen.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:14

It's the Elementary Lion Gnome Shell theme by DzaDze and Adawaita Cupertino GTK3 mod, also by Dzadze.


Do you have links to the different theme parts needed to get that look?

EDIT - Think I found it
http://gnome-look.or...?content=151329

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:26

It's interesting how vocal the GNU/NIX customization talk has become due to the downfall of Windows customization. Hmmm...

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#26 OP migo

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:46

Good thing too. With Linux DEs you used to be able to choose between ugly Gnome, ugly KDE or nondescript BlackBox. At least now there are Linux DEs that don't make you want to stab your eyes out.

#27 javagreen

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 13:05

Do you have links to the different theme parts needed to get that look?

EDIT - Think I found it
http://gnome-look.or...?content=151329


Right, that's the one.

Also download the GTK3 theme mod that's been linked a few posts down on there. The Gnome shell theme coupled with the GTK3 theme will give you that look.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 13:07

I actually tried Gnome3 when it came out (openSuSE in this case), and for the most part I really liked it, but some of the control windows popped up requiring 600 vertical pixels instead of the 576 I had. As if the devs had forgot to consider supporting all resolutions instead of setting a minimum one). Is there actually a fix for that, or a way to manually resize every window even if the devs thought that the window shouldn't be resized?


Hmm, it's hard for me to say that because I've never run into a situation where I've had to resize the windows. But some of the dialogs/windows are non resizable, like the System settings dialog for example.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 13:09

Right, that's the one.

Also download the GTK3 theme mod that's been linked a few posts down on there. The Gnome shell theme coupled with the GTK3 theme will give you that look.


Copied the theme into usr/share/themes/ but in advanced settings > theme, the shell theme is greyed out saying: Could not list shell extensions

Any ideas ?

#30 javagreen

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 13:25

Copied the theme into usr/share/themes/ but in advanced settings > theme, the shell theme is greyed out saying: Could not list shell extensions

Any ideas ?


Just make sure you have the user-themes Gnome3 extension installed, and copy the shell theme to your home directory's '.theme' folder [hidden]. It'll then show up in the list.

I personally have, both, the shell theme and the GTK in the hidden '.themes' folder and applied both from there.