Arc-Colors GDM-Walls
GDM Themes
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Description:

This is a set of GDM's/Wallpapers made to match my GTK themes "Shiki-Colors" and my icon themes "GNOME-Colors".

There are 7 versions included: (Brave/Blue, Human/Orange, Wine/Red, Noble/Purple, Wise/Green, Dust/Chocolate and Illustrious/Pink)

The GDM themes have a max resolution of 2140x1200 and support all 16:9, 16:10, 5:4 and 4:3 screen ratios or anything in between. Sources for a Dual-display 3840x1200 version are included.

Must read, or clowns will eat you:
* To install GDM's, extract .tar.gz file, drag n' drop desired themes to the login preferences window, or run make install as administrator in the extracted folder. For more options, type make help.

* To use the included wallpapers, save them wherever you like and add them through GNOME's appearance preferences or run the make install command and they will appear there.

* If you replace the logo.png files, you can change the logo of the GDM's to your favorite Linux distribution's branding.

* If you replace the "bg.png" files, you can use any wallpaper you want! (in fact, I recommend it if you don't like the included backgrounds, or want the GDM's to feature your favorite wallpaper).

* In Ubuntu, you can use the official PPA repository for easy installation and upgrades. For Ubuntu Karmic Koala, you can simply run apt-get install arc-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories. The packages are also available in Debian Sid.

* Visit the GNOME-Colors project page for bug reports, feature requests, SVN and more downloads:
http://code.google.com/p/gnome-colors/

* Consider donating a small amount to the GNOME-Colors project if you wish to support it, or to show your appreciation. You can do so by clicking on the "donate" button next to the download section.
Last changelog:

8 years ago

2.7 (2009-08-03)
* Update color palettes to match latest shiki/gnome-colors.

2.6 (2009-07-14)
* Add new Pink (Illustrious) color variation.

2.5 (2009-07-04)
* Update shutdown, suspend and logo icons to latest gnome-colors.
* Brand new wallpapers! Darker colors for less eye-strain and support for any
resolution or screen ratio below 2140x1200px.
* Project now moved to SVN, makefiles and updated documentation are included.

LawlMachine

6 years ago

lol Tom Riddle. Awesome theme by the way, I love it.

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LeeHoward

7 years ago

As per the very limited documentation it says "To install GDM's, extract .tar.gz file, drag n' drop desired themes to the login preferences window, or run make install as administrator in the extracted folder. For more options, type make help."

1. Login Preferences Window DOESN'T EXIST on Ubuntu Karmic! So you either do not know what the name is of this rumored LOGIN PREFERENCES WINDOW is actually called or this Arc-Colors is for some obsolete computer like the Commodore Amiga. How difficult would it be to say that this is made for some obsolete computer like the Amiga.

I have Edited my menu's to make sure every entry in the menu's ARE enabled so they will show up in my menu's.

I do have in the System/Administration something called LOGIN SCREEN and when it comes up its titled LOGIN SCREEN SETTINGS...and all there is in there is SHOW SCREEN FOR WHO WILL LOGIN and an option to select WHICH USER TO LOGIN AUTOMATICALLY.

2. Running "sudo apt-get install arc-colors" in a terminal does install Arc-Colors, but what good is installing something that doesn't show up in ANY pulldown menu's, and is not enabled or activated by default. Apparently THIS STEP has the same outcome as blindfolding yourself and randomly copying a file(s) from one location to who knows where.

I know it is installed, because if I run this command again, it shows me its installed, and tells me there is no packages to install or update.

I know one thing, this is not for Windows computers, because all their software have these things called installer programs which do this thing called installing.

I am not a mechanic, but maybe you could say at the start what computers this if for (if you know, maybe ask someone) or you can say "i made the program now you can make the installer"

If it is for Amiga, do you think you'll ever make a release for Ubuntu Karmic? I can tell my grand-children to keep an eye out for it!

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bdrung

7 years ago

Yes, Login Preferences Window does not exist on Ubuntu karmic. gdm was changed and made the configuration tool incompatible. Therefore it's gone in karmic and later. The theming of gdm was changed too. Therefore this gdm theme doesn't work in karmic and later. Here is a description how to theme gdm in karmic or later: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=7576112&postcount=365

You probably want to install shiki-colors and gnome-colors, because gdm will use the theme selected for the gdm user.

We will remove the arc-colors package from lucid and move the wallpaper into shiki-colors.

And BTW, this theme is for gdm <= 2.20 and therefore for GNOME. It has nothing to do with Amiga.

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LeeHoward

7 years ago

As per the documentation, which is pretty much non-existent, I did as it says...

And I quote "For Ubuntu Karmic Koala, you can simply run apt-get install arc-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories."

Notice the key word there is "SIMPLY".

It said 1 new thing to install and I think it said it was around 4096kb...

I did that and I have no new application in any of the pull-down menus (Applications or System/Preferences/Administration)

I have Ubuntu Karmic 9.10, and I have all the repositories.

What I dont have is any documentation how to install this.

Is the installation procedures and/or dependencies classified top secret or something?

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LeeHoward

7 years ago

As per the documentation, which is pretty much non-existent, I did as it says...

And I quote "For Ubuntu Karmic Koala, you can simply run apt-get install arc-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories."

Notice the key word there is "SIMPLY".

It said 1 new thing to install and I think it said it was around 4096kb...

I did that and I have no new application in any of the pull-down menus (Applications or System/Preferences/Administration)

I have Ubuntu Karmic 9.10, and I have all the repositories.

What I dont have is any documentation how to install this.

Is the installation procedures and/or dependencies classified top secret or something?

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LeeHoward

7 years ago

As per the documentation, which is pretty much non-existent, I did as it says...

And I quote "For Ubuntu Karmic Koala, you can simply run apt-get install arc-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories."

Notice the key word there is "SIMPLY".

It said 1 new thing to install and I think it said it was around 4096kb...

I did that and I have no new application in any of the pull-down menus (Applications or System/Preferences/Administration)

I have Ubuntu Karmic 9.10, and I have all the repositories.

What I dont have is any documentation how to install this.

Is the installation procedures and/or dependencies classified top secret or something?

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LeeHoward

7 years ago

As per the documentation, which is pretty much non-existent, I did as it says...

And I quote "For Ubuntu Karmic Koala, you can simply run apt-get install arc-colors to install from Ubuntu's universe repositories."

Notice the key word there is "SIMPLY".

It said 1 new thing to install and I think it said it was around 4096kb...

I did that and I have no new application in any of the pull-down menus (Applications or System/Preferences/Administration)

I have Ubuntu Karmic 9.10, and I have all the repositories.

What I dont have is any documentation how to install this.

Is the installation procedures and/or dependencies classified top secret or something?

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helgatheviking

7 years ago

Are the older "swirly" (for lack of a better description) still available somewhere? Those were my all-time favorites. You make awesome themes. Thank you for your effort!

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avidity

7 years ago

Ubuntu 9.10
ran make install

1. From the desktop menu, clicked System.
2. Clicked Preferences
3. Clicked Appearances
4. Clicked Theme tab

arc themes do not appear. SPM shows arc-* packages installed. What now?

Is this supposed to be this difficult for a newbie?

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PenguinGuy

7 years ago

Brilliant theme, I like how you've taken the effort to debianize it and put it in a PPA. I would love to see this as the default theme in 10.04, or at least included in the repo's.

Thanks.

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6205

8 years ago

Hi..

Do you have somewhere light version of this GDM theme ? My desktop is Clearlooks Human with X-color lite metacity - all are light/white, not like dark shiki but i am missing white GDM theme..

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perfectska04

8 years ago

I tried making a light version a long time ago, but it didn't go well with the design. You can probably just use the wallpapers and paste them over another GDM theme with a lighter design.

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zero1one0

8 years ago

the icons, shiki-colors and arc-colors are what i use all the time
and for gdm themes i always make the gdm theme random and it always switches through the colours
thanx for your work

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perfectska04

8 years ago

Thanks, enjoy!

Although a script to make everything random sounds really interesting. Imagine every time you log on, having a different color variation for gdm/gtk/icons/wallpapers, you never know what you're gonna get.

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perfectska04

8 years ago

NOTE:
This is probably the last release for Arc-Colors. The new GDM framework does not support GDM theming and currently has no graphical tools. Ubuntu was the last major distributuon holding on to the old GDM framework, but this will be changed for Ubuntu Karmic. The wallpapers will probably just be merged with Shiki-Colors in the future.

There are bugs already filed, and GNOME developers already have their hands full with this - so it's best not to make things worse and just adapt to the new GDM and wait until the developers can work their usual magic in the future.

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fredbird67

8 years ago

Where did you see this? I just Googled "GDM" and found nothing of the sort. If this is true, then I'm gonna say it right here, right now -- the GDM team is making a HUGE mistake, especially since these represent this GDM theme at its best. Please, say it isn't so!

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perfectska04

8 years ago

The changes actually happened a few releases ago, Fedora and other distributions have adapted to the new design. Ubuntu has just been using a very old GDM version, which is not ideal from a security/technological standpoint.

Yes, it's a regression - but surely in the future theming abilities will be brought back. Perhaps not for Karmic, but you may be able to select things like wallpaper/gtk/icons to be used at login.

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perfectska04

8 years ago

I've finished working on a night-time version of the new wallpapers, based on work of the same artist - so it's very consistent with them.

I know for wallpapers, animation could be implemented in xml, but can it be done in
GDM? Something like specifying bg.png for daytime and bg-night.png for night time?

I just don't know how it could be
implemented into GDM. If anyone has any ideas, feel free to let me know!

Rendering of (blue) night-time wallpaper:
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/6586/arcnight.png

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Pocio

8 years ago

wow! Wonderful idea!!! I already use a XML animated background and it's really cool...If we can have also an animated GDM it would be awesome!

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perfectska04

8 years ago

Just what I was thinking, although I've no idea if it's even possible with current GDM.

If anyone has any tips on implementing this, let me know.

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sakasa

8 years ago

I did vote it up but it seams that you have reach the top of all votes.

Very excellent work!

Regards,

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perfectska04

8 years ago

Thanks, the new wallpapers are based on work by Jonathan Heathcote, who relicensed his work for use with the project :)

More credits and author information in the AUTHORS file.

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sakasa

8 years ago

Well my friend you done an excellent work to expose his great work.

Hope that he can see that...

His work is a classical ubuntu work I believe. Outstanding from his part!

Regards,

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perfectska04

8 years ago

New wallpapers with support for more resolutions and sources for dual displays are now included.

If anyone prefers the old and long-time used backgrounds, they are in the project page's downloads tab or in the subversion history.

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bplsilva

8 years ago

Hello! I've really enjoyed your idea of bringing 'real' wallpapers to Arc-Colors.

However, will the old ones disappear? I think I would prefer having the choice between the old one and the new ones... Should it be different packages, or just a different choice in gdmsetup.

Btw, will the latest color added (chocolate, coffee, dust?) have a background like all the other ones?

Thanks in advance!
Bruno

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8 years ago

2.7 (2009-08-03)
* Update color palettes to match latest shiki/gnome-colors.

2.6 (2009-07-14)
* Add new Pink (Illustrious) color variation.

2.5 (2009-07-04)
* Update shutdown, suspend and logo icons to latest gnome-colors.
* Brand new wallpapers! Darker colors for less eye-strain and support for any
resolution or screen ratio below 2140x1200px.
* Project now moved to SVN, makefiles and updated documentation are included.

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