KDE Theme Manager

Benjamin Meyer ben at meyerhome.net
Tue Aug 26 20:19:55 BST 2003

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On Tuesday 26 August 2003 3:03 pm, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> hi all...
> perhaps it is time for the Theme Manager control panel to be put out to
> pasture. i say this because:
>  o it has some rather nasty bugs, including one that causes KDE to become
> completely unstable. (BR#62801) this has been reported more than once on
> b.k.o as well as on IRC and mailing lists. =/
>  o it duplicates the functionality of KDE's native theming capabilities,
> which only serves to make the Appearance & Themes kcontrol section even
> less clear and more cluttered.
>  o development seems to be slow/lagging[1]. in spite of being around for
> quite some time, it has some very nasty defects and things like the
> Create... button are, as far as i can tell, completely useless due to being
> only partially implemented. for something as visible and important as a
> "Theme Manager" i don't think this casts a good light on KDE.
>  o the theming method it uses is rather antequated, to say the least, and
> does not  utilize KDE's standard theming systems. as such it represents a
> duplication of efforts for results that aren't up to what KDE is capable
> of.
>  o we only ship with a handful of themes, none of which are all that
> flattering for KDE's image, IMHO. i seemto remember some of these themes
> from the KDE1 days. the Default theme's screenshot even shows a KDE2
> desktop!
> now, i'm sure that there are people out there who use and even like the
> Theme Manager, as is true with every part of KDE no matter how many warts
> it has =) to those people i'd suggest making it a stand-alone KDE add-on
> that can be downloaded seperately.
> thoughts?
> [1] there were a few commits by Waldo this year to do things like add font
> support, but those were relatively small changes code-wise. lukas seems to
> be the primary contributor to it; he made a substantial commit in October
> of '02, and a port of KDE2 patches in February of '02.

I allways thought it was nothing more then a combination of all of the rest of 
the Appearance items and didn't pay it much attention and from what you say 
it doesn't even do that, so my vote it so either a) make it a stand alone 
application or b) remove.

- -Benjamin Meyer

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