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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:21 am    Post subject: What USE flags are for better application interface ? Reply with quote

I installed Gentoo for 4 days now, and every application I've installed has a very old grey graphical interface. Which reminds of the days of WIndows 98. Is there a USE flag to fix this ?

Any help will be greatly appreciated
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, have you installed a desktop environment yet? There are many. Some popular ones are: KDE (Linus's favorite, but definitely not lightweight), Gnome (the other heavyweight), Fluxbox and Xfce (both considerably more lightweight). See the Gentoo Desktop Documentation Resources.

Do you know about profiles? If you choose Gnome or KDE, there are profiles (basically sets of USE flags) that are tailored for those. See
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
Well, have you installed a desktop environment yet? There are many. Some popular ones are: KDE (Linus's favorite, but definitely not lightweight), Gnome (the other heavyweight), Fluxbox and Xfce (both considerably more lightweight). See the Gentoo Desktop Documentation Resources.

Do you know about profiles? If you choose Gnome or KDE, there are profiles (basically sets of USE flags) that are tailored for those. See
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eselect profile list
- John


Thanks for response

Yes I have installed KDE, but I've seen youtube videos and screenshot that display the applications such as Firefox, Gedit, etc with a very nice graphical interface. But for some reason the same applications I have installed have an older graphical appearance. It's an something I can live without, but would be nice to have.

As for the profile I have set to " default/linux/amd64/10.0/desktop ".
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're using KDE, you should set default/linux/x86/10.0/desktop/kde. However, this doesn't solve your problem. Have you explored the "Workspace Appearance and Behavior" section of System Settings?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to install some gtk theme. For example oxygen-gtk. Once you have installed the theme, you can select the theme from kde's systemsettings.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For KDE?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
If you're using KDE, you should set default/linux/x86/10.0/desktop/kde. However, this doesn't solve your problem. Have you explored the "Workspace Appearance and Behavior" section of System Settings?

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I've set my profile to kde desktop. I don't have "Workspace Appearance and Behavior", I'll see if there is an ebuild for that.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ppurka wrote:
You need to install some gtk theme. For example oxygen-gtk. Once you have installed the theme, you can select the theme from kde's systemsettings.


I'm installing some gtk themes right now.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've set my profile to kde desktop. I don't have "Workspace Appearance and Behavior", I'll see if there is an ebuild for that.
It's in System Settings. If you installed kdebase-meta or kde-meta, then you have it.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
JESSEJJ89 wrote:
I've set my profile to kde desktop. I don't have "Workspace Appearance and Behavior", I'll see if there is an ebuild for that.
It's in System Settings. If you installed kdebase-meta or kde-meta, then you have it.

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I installed kde-meta and don't have the "System Settings" section, I do have "settings" and "system". This is what I have that matches keywords you mentioned.

Workspace- Global options for the plasma workspace
Appearance- configure how to display web pages

and finally
I also have
windows behavior
behavior
web behavior
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
For KDE?

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No. For gtk. KDE systemsettings has option to set the gtk theme in recent KDE versions. At least in teh stable kde in gentoo.

@JESSEJJ89 The command is systemsettings. It is provided by kde-base/systemsettings
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ppurka wrote:
John R. Graham wrote:
For KDE?

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No. For gtk. KDE systemsettings has option to set the gtk theme in recent KDE versions. At least in teh stable kde in gentoo.

@JESSEJJ89 The command is systemsettings. It is provided by kde-base/systemsettings



I was finally able to access "workspace apperence behavior" through the terminal.

But what is a more edge interface in my applications instead of the grey appearance.

Here is snapshot of Firefox and Gedit. I just wanted know if there is a USE flag that I must include to change my applications graphical appearances.

http://s1082.photobucket.com/albums/j361/JESSEJJ89/?action=view&current=snapshot1.png

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But what is a more edge interface in my applications instead of the grey appearance.

You can edit those settings somewhere in the system settings dialog. Those windows look normal for kde, but you should be able to edit it to something more to your taste and there are theme packages that you can download (not from portage).

EDIT: Specifically, that would be Workplace appearance -> Window decorations. You can download more if you do not like the provided ones. Also, you can change the colors of the windows in Application Appearance -> color
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firefox and gedit are both GTK applications, not native KDE ones. To change their styles, emerge kcm_gtk and use the new icon in System Settings to change the theme to something you like (I recommend Oxygen GTK which is in portage).
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aquous wrote:
Firefox and gedit are both GTK applications, not native KDE ones. To change their styles, emerge kcm_gtk and use the new icon in System Settings to change the theme to something you like (I recommend Oxygen GTK which is in portage).


thanks man it work :)
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