Question about default look in DE's

Hi. I would like to know. Is there any special reason why all the DE’s in OpenSUSE come preconfigurated to look like windows, instead of coming with vanilla (as they come out of the sources) appearance setup?

come pre-configured to look like windows
I don’t see this at all. But then opinions are always difficult subjects to address. What one person can see the other doesn’t.

Now this does kind of look windowsy:

http://thumbnails19.imagebam.com/3190/0ae8d031895608.gif](http://www.imagebam.com/image/0ae8d031895608)

Because they found out that sometimes the green geeko style looks better then the default. Isn’t it? Anyway you can go back do the default - search for the package in YaST and if there is available a package called <packagename>-branding-upstream then install that one.
Good luck.

@caf4926
Hahahaha :slight_smile:

Familiarity is probably a reason why OpenSuse has a windows like appearence, but other distros are not so generic.
Ubuntu initially looks like the same Gnome that Fedora uses, but the two are completely different under the surface.
Mandriva and Kubuntu is another example, both use KDE4 but use entirely different set ups.
I have used many distros in my time, each one with its own personality.

for new users it makes more sense to first present them with something familiar to start with so they can get to work right away the more experienced users will just reconfigure it to what they want anyways. that the first thing i do when i install a new distro is copy all of my configs to the home directory and get my personal configs back.

Here is a poll about this question:
How many people keep the default openSUSE look? - openSUSE Forums.

> Hi. I would like to know. Is there any special reason why all the DE’s
> in OpenSUSE come preconfigurated to look like windows, instead of coming
> with vanilla (as they come out of the sources) appearance setup?

Thank goodness. SuSE has some style.
Most of the ‘defaults’ in other distros are horrid.

At first, it was a turn-off for me. Now I kinda like it and openSUSE has been the prettiest distro for some time now.

Of course, that can all change very easily with themes.

Very nice wallpaper. Know where I can get it (high res., that is)?

TIA

Eyecandy for openSUSE - SUSE-Art.org

> ‘Eyecandy for openSUSE - SUSE-Art.org’ (http://suse-art.org/)

You can also look in Akgregator, there are some default channels.
One of them is KDE Look which gives you a daily feed on new eyecandy
wallpapers and such.

Oh, yes. Should have tought of that. Thanks CAF & Borg.

Actually. What I asked is why ALL (not just one) the 3 DE’s have their panel layout looking exactly like windoze.

Show me screen of the comparisons.
Only likeness I know of is Windows 7 has made their Taskbar look a little like the kde4 Panel.

Redmond has been ‘innovating’ by copying for years and years…Win2.0
was a rip off of the Apple of the day…and, that trend continues…


brassy

brassy wrote:
> Redmond has been ‘innovating’ by copying for years and years…Win2.0
> was a rip off of the Apple of the day…and, that trend continues…
>
Out of curiosity, anyone know what has been copied lately?

> Out of curiosity, anyone know what has been copied lately?

for example:

"New features, according to Microsoft
Top of the list . . . is the new task bar and full-screen previews . .
… . easier to add your own applications . . . Microsoft is making a
big deal out its new easiness, as well as another major addition -
larger icons . . . Another much-touted usability improvement is the
window thumbnail that appears when you hover your mouse cursor over a
minimised application.

“Each one of these features has been a part of the modern Linux
desktop for some time. . .”

more instances of ‘innovating’ what we have had a long time are
covered in the article in Linux Format (magazine) September 2009,
page 42, in the article titled Linux vs Windows 7

and, entire article available online at
http://www.linuxformat.com/archives
to subscribers…

personally, i can’t vouch for the articles accuracy since i’ve not
seen Win7, and i do not think i’ve see Vista yet either…boo hoo…


brassy