Horrified by 13.2's aquamarine theme -- want 13.1's lime-green theme

Hello. SuSE was my very first serious Linux distro but then switched to Kubuntu after SuSE 9.3 (probably around the time openSUSE started). Now I’m back, mostly because of SuSE’s priority support to BtrFS and the superior package management savviness (including rolling release Tumbleweed).

And I was glad to note that SuSE (on first look at websites) has retained its lime-green-based colour scheme since such a bright green is my favourite colour, with bright blue (Kubuntu) being a second preference. However when I downloaded and installed the latest openSUSE release 13.2 (KDE), I was horrified to see the dark danky dismal aquamarine theme, especially that contour-map-like background which seems like the underside of some murky lake, LOL!

IMO a brighter colour (or at least some dark colour which is not so dismal) should have been chosen to encourage people to use this great distro, and I really don’t know why the current scheme was chosen over the lime-green theme which seems to have continued at least until 13.1. I hope future releases will fix this.

Now I really really want to have the 13.1 lime-green scheme all around, starting from GRUB. Please tell me what to do to get the old theming? Should I download the *-branding-openSUSE packages from the 13.1 repos and lock them?

I’m not “horrified”. But I do think the 12.3/13.1 artwork was outstanding.

However, the 13.1 artwork was a bit stark and I think would eventually become tiresome. So I can see why they replaced it.

There is an installable package “gos-wallpapers” with “good old suse wallpapers”. But, unfortunately, it seems to be from 2010. If somebody could update that to 2014, I would be going back to the 13.1 default wallpaper.

I too am not keen on that contour map. But the beauty of kde is the ability to change the bits you don’t like from system settings. So in the end I am just as happy :slight_smile: …happier if I’m honest as I love tinkering with things to get them “just right” :smiley:

No, neither was I… too harsh on my poor old eyes.

However, give it a good old gaussian blur using gimp and it’s far more acceptable, at least to me. :wink:

( Images are located at: /usr/share/wallpapers/openSUSEdefault/contents/images )

[QUOTE=tannington;2680926]However, give it a good old gaussian blur using gimp and it’s far more acceptable, at least to me. ;)/QUOTE]Or in my case take my glasses off :smiley:

Sure, for people who are SUSE-lovers – but my point is that it is highly unattractive for somebody who is approaching the distro from outside. Granted, everybody’s taste is not the same, so probably whoever release master chose this artwork thought it was neat, but really I do think it should have been more bright and hip (with a few nice whorls or particle effects or such). Looks like some armadillo armor to me…

I do hope they go back to the same lime colour scheme as before. Granted, if they don’t have the time/resources to produce new artwork for each release, they can better retain what is liked by people, rather than introduce something new which is awkward, to say the least. Kubuntu has for long retained the same bright blue/purple scheme right from the boot splash, and I didn’t hear anyone complaining (though I personally don’t all that much dig their default Elarun).

While we’re at this (though it’s OT of my original subject) openSUSE initial installer itself is a tad too forbiddingly technical for the ordinary computer user to approach. Kubuntu’s Ubiquity installer OTOH is much more pleasant and simple IMO… Of course, for those more technically inclined, we welcome such configurability, but still it seems it could be simplified a bit for ordinary users with an expert mode separately available, but, as I said, that’s more properly discussed in a separate thread.

So to return to my original query: do people think it would be sufficient if I just pull in the branding-openSUSE packs from the old 13.1 repos, or would that break something else?

That will probably cause conflicts. But switching to the upstream branding is likely to be fine.

Take a look at this post:

https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/503162-KDE-Light-Theme-of-13-2-for-13-1?p=2680231#post2680231

… I don’t see why the basic principle can’t apply “in reverse”, ie, substitute 13.1 for 13.2 … which is what you were intending to try anyway.

On Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:16:01 +0000, Penguinclaw wrote:

> But the beauty of kde is the ability to change the bits you don’t like
> from system settings.

Obviously, that feature isn’t exclusive to KDE. :slight_smile:

Jim


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That is very true and I didn’t intend to suggest otherwise :slight_smile: The beauty of Linux would have been better!

On Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:46:01 +0000, Penguinclaw wrote:

> hendersj;2681002 Wrote:
>> On Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:16:01 +0000, Penguinclaw wrote:
>>
>> > But the beauty of kde is the ability to change the bits you don’t
>> > like from system settings.
>>
>> Obviously, that feature isn’t exclusive to KDE. :slight_smile:
>>
>> Jim
>>
>>
>>
>> –
>> Jim Henderson openSUSE Forums Administrator Forum Use Terms &
>> Conditions at http://tinyurl.com/openSUSE-T-C
>
> That is very true and I didn’t intend to suggest otherwise :slight_smile: The beauty
> of Linux would have been better!

I didn’t think you meant to imply that, but wanted to be sure. :wink:

Jim


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New users (my wife is one) think it is terrible. I think it is terrible. Somebody, (probably a majority of somebodies) must like it or it wouldn’t be there.

To cut to the chase, how do you get rid of it and replace it with something more appealing?

Cordially,
TwoHoot

Which theme?? startup? login? desktop? all the above?

Which desktop KDE,Gnome,something else?

Assuming KDE (as in your signature):

Right click on the background.
Select “Default Desktop Settings” (that could be “Folder Settings” depending on your current activity).

That will give you a menu to select the screen background – a different wallpaper image or a straight color, or two colors that fade into one another.

You can also change the desktop theme (affects the panel icons and other stuff):

Configure Desktop –> Workspace Appearance –> Desktop Theme

The default for 13.2 is “openSUSElight”. For 13.1 it was “openSUSE”.

If you look around, you can also change window decorations, mouse pointers and other stuff.

I have changed the wallpaper and other settings (including the Splash Screen) with Desktop Settings and Configure Desktop, but the offensive pond scum still comes up on boot.

It isn’t a big deal. openSUSE is worth a few minor irritations. We’ll just live with it. After awhile, it will seem right and normal. Then, changing it will bring more howls from the peanut gallery!

Cordially,
TwoHoot

That would be the plymouth theme. That can be changed too. There was a recent thread with details, I think in the Tumbleweed (and others) forum.

I don’t like seeing that, either. But I blame “systemd” for making boot take too long.

You can also change the KDM theme if you are using KDM for login. You can do that in the “Login Screen” settings available within KDE, though it does require a root password to actually change it.

I actually liked the old boot up where all the system checks scrolled by as it reached Run Level 5 (or is it 4?) during boot. It gave some idea just how complicated and magnificent an operating system actually is. It also gave the code writers a chance to showcase their work, which they deserve.

It would scare my wife though, and make her think openSUSE was too geeky for her to use.

Cordially,
TwoHoot

I do, too. For 13.1, I uninstalled “plymouth”. With 13.2, I have been staying with plymouth for the present, though maybe I’ll eventually decide to uninstall.

You can have it both ways.:wink:

Simply hit the escape key when Grub starts booting the OS, and you can watch the pretty text, while wifey can watch the Plymouth theme.