Which styles to keep?

Mathieu Chouinard mchouinard at mcrd.ath.cx
Thu Aug 16 16:51:33 BST 2007

On Thursday 16 August 2007 10:12:03 Hasso Tepper wrote:
> Lubos Lunak wrote:
> >  Ok, and roughly how much paint would artists feel looking at something
> > like http://ktown.kde.org/~seli/download/desktop.png ? Warning for the
> > weak of the heart: KDE2 "default" window decoration, highcolor/B3 style
> > and highcolor icon theme, it's been that way since KDE2.0. Keramik was
> > too big and heavy on the eyes with the flashy gradients, Plastik's
> > controls were not distinct enough with the thin outlines and Crystal was
> > way too colorful. But, most of all, I've been simply used to that and I'm
> > an engineer, not an artist, so I don't automatically consider old ==
> > outdated. It works for me and doesn't get in the way.
> >
> > > In my opinion except for the accessibility and maybe plastik style all
> > > of the previous styles should get removed and we should have a new
> > > fresh start with hopefully a lot of new modern looking styles that
> > > match the artwork quality of the rest of the KDE4 artwork.
> > > Don't get me wrong: I'm not opposed to diversity but the quality of the
> > > choice among options should at least match todays standards.
> >
> >  Sorry, but that's taking it too far. You're basically suggesting to drop
> > all styles used by now, and just because they're not "modern" (which, as
> > far as I can tell, probably means "flashy" - I can't imagine using Oxygen
> > style for a whole day without suffering in the end, but maybe that's just
> > my eyes being too sensitive). Ok, you want to impress people, fine with
> > me, I can see there are enough people who want this, but I don't need
> > impressing, I need to get work done.
> Full ack. If I look around here at work I see about 10 KDE desktop users
> and even more Konqueror/KMail/something_else users. None of them uses any
> "modern" style - light v3 (that's what I'm using) and v2 are dominating,
> B3 is also in use. All of us would even hate if we would be forced to use
> something else - most of us are using our favourite styles for years. But
> all this stuff people call "modern" ... well ... None of us is using even
> transparency, shadows or smth like that.
> Just my 2c
I fully agree, this week I did a demo of KDE 4 to some of my customers and the
new technologies impressed them. they liked the new icons but they hated the 
styles ... not business friendly enough for them, too much eye candies etc 
etc ... I know we have to get all those ipod/ps2/ps3 kids, but we might loose 
a lot of our older (as in age) users. One of my customers told me that if he 
can't change this style for something more business appropriate, turn off the 
transparency etc ... he plans to stay with kde 3.5.7 for the next 5 years.


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