Equinox GTK Engine
GTK2 Themes
Score 75%
Description:

A heavily modified version of the beautiful Aurora engine (1.4). Thanks to his author.

IMPORTANT! Since version 1.40, the file below contains only the engine source. You can download themes (both GTK and Metacity) from the second and third links :
- The five Equinox Evolution themes are new offical ones and will get some updates in the future. Only these themes are now included in the theme package available from the Launchpad PPA
- The original themes are no longer maintained (but still usable).

Engine installation

First of all, make sure you have installed the GTK+ library development files (libgtk2.0-dev on Debian/Ubuntu, gtk2-devel on Fedora) with your favourite package manager.

Then to compile the Equinox engine, extract the corresponding archive in your home folder. In the new directory, run the following commands:
[indent]./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation
make[/indent]

On Fedora 64 bits (and perhaps other distribs), compilation don't work with the options above. You must run:
[indent]./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64 --enable-animation[/indent]

Finally, run this command as root:
[indent]make install[/indent]

Themes installation

To install the themes, extract the content of the other archive in your ~/.themes.

You can easily change the colour used for selected items or tooltips in Appearance preferences.

To fix the issue with the text of selected menu items in Firefox and Thunderbird, copy the userChrome.css in both ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default/chrome/ and ~/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/chrome/

To use the Equinox Evolution theme with Chromium or Google Chrome, open the browser and drag the CRX file (provided in the themes archive) into the address bar. In applications options, don't forget to enable the display of Metacity borders.

Icon theme
A (still uncomplete) version of Faenza icon theme is now available. Follow the link a the bottom of this page.

Engine options

* curvature = 2.5
* menubarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient
* menubaritemstyle = 0 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = inverse gradient, 3 = line
* menubarborders = 1 # 0 = none, 1 = bottom border, 2 = top half-border, 3 = bottom border and top half-border
* toolbarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = flat without border, 3 = gradient without border, 4 = flat with bottom border, 5 = gradient with bottom border
* buttonstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* menuitemstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* listviewheaderstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* listviewitemstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient
* scrollbarstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy, 2 = normal with grip, 3 = glassy with grip, 4 = flat
* scrollbartrough = 0 # 0 = background color of the parent widget, 1 = base color of the widget itself
* scalesliderstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy, 2 = normal with bullet
* checkradiostyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* progressbarstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* separatorstyle = 1 # 0 = solid inset, 1 = gradient inset, 2 = lighter line, 3 = darker line
* textstyle = 0 # orientation of text shadow
* textshade = 1.08 # > 1.0 for light text shadow, < 1.0 for dark text shadow
* animation = TRUE # FALSE = disabled, TRUE = enabled
* arrowsize = 0.1 # controls combo_arrow circle size. Diameter set by (11 + 2 * arrowsize)

Known bugs
* Strange progressbars in Firefox and Thunderbird
* Some ugly message areas

Launchpad PPA
Equinox is available to install for Ubuntu users via a PPA repository. Open a terminal and run :
[indent]sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme[/indent]
Last changelog:

6 years ago

1.50
* New option resizegripstyle
* New value for menubaritemstyle option (return of the original style !)

1.40
* New options menubaritemstyle, scrollbartrough, textstyle and textshade
* Rendering of progressbars improved
* Better support of dark themes
* Some changes in displaying focuses
* FIX: some crashes with Evolution

1.30.2:
ENGINE
* Better rendering for gradient listitems
THEMES
* Windows can be dragged from menubar
* Include userChrome.css to fix Firefox/Thunderbird menu issue
* Include Chromium/Chrome theme for Equinox Evolution
* Some fixes

1.30.1:
ENGINE
* Fix missing parameters in function equinox_style_copy

1.30:
ENGINE
* New options menubarborders and listviewitemstyle
* New values for menubarstyle and scrollbarstyle options
* Some fixes
THEMES
* New themes Evolution and Evolution Light
* Fix bug with Inkscape palette
* Workspace switcher and menubar items more lighter in dark panels
* Fix bugs with some applets: CPU scaling, network monitor, dictionary.
METACITY
* Bottom border of all themes reduced
* New themes Evolution Rounded and Evolution Squared

1.20:
ENGINE
* New options progressbarstyle and separatorstyle
* New values for options menubarstyle and toolbarstyle to hide borders of menubar and toolbar controls
* Overall performance improved
* Some fixes
THEMES
* Better integration in gnome 2.30 (specially for Nautilus)
* New light theme
METACITY
* New themes Light and Light Glass in which window controls used the selected background color
* New themes Classic and Classic Glass with a red close button and others in the selected background color

1.1:
ENGINE
* Progressbars and tabs now accept curvature option
* New engine option for menuitems style
* New focus rendering for tabs[/li]
THEMES
* New Gtkrc theme with wider controls
* Gnome panel with gradient pixmap
* Correct search bar color in Nautilus
METACITY
* Title bar reduced
* Space between title and buttons (if needed)
* Various corrections on windows controls

weakhead

7 years ago

Thanks.
I wasn't talking about menu itself, but menu-items. Equinox generates light borders around them, which are getting darker at the bottom of menu-item. Take a look at this screenshot:
http://omploader.org/vNDJrNA

It looks fine, when you use certain colour (like the one you used in Equinox Radiance) or very dark shade, like this one:
http://omploader.org/vNDJrNQ

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tiheum

7 years ago

You're right. I'll try to fix this issue in the next update.

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moondowner

7 years ago

waiting for that Icon Theme...:))

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Ultramilkman

7 years ago

I really like this theme! But the title buttons are a bit too small for me. How would I go about changing it? Thanks!

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hadenx

7 years ago

I just registered so I could post a comment.. I got to say.. great work!
I absolutely loved it. The best theme yet!
Can't wait for the icons.

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IstrikeAgain

7 years ago

Can't wait for those icons! Real candy :D
I'm tweaking my own equinox theme, may release it if it becomes anywhere good ;)

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haaglin

7 years ago

Thank you for this excellent theme. Can you please post a link to the wallpaper too? And what font are you using? Looking forward to the icon theme as well. Hope you release it soon!

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tiheum

7 years ago

You'll find the wallpaper here : http://epheus.deviantart.com/art/Leafie-PRO-79868546

Font's name is Aurulent and you can dowload it here : http://www.dafont.com/aurulent-sans.font

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haaglin

7 years ago

Sweet! Thanks :-)

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starryprabin

7 years ago

I liked the theme very much. It is the best theme.. I tried on 9.10. It worked beautifully, but my desktop has 9.04. I did not work. What might be the problem. I installed .deb packages Now i am going to compile it..

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Snoober

7 years ago

Wow...seriously. This is the best looking theme/engine that I have ever used. Thank you so much. Now my desktop looks exactly the way I imagined. Great work! I look forward to the icons.

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ilcontegis

7 years ago

This is the best theme I ever seen!
Far better that the crappy new ubuntu theme!
It looks gorgeous on my debian testing!
Waiting for the icons!
Really great job!

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nameless

7 years ago

Dude, this theme is awesome!!!
Installed it and I plan to use it forever!!
When can we expect icon theme?

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nameless

7 years ago

And, BTW, what's that wallpaper? I had it a long time ago and can't find it.

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giovanicascaes

7 years ago

Hey your theme is great! I'm using instead of the light themes from lucid, it's a very nice work!
And will you release a 'equinox ambience'?
Also the spin and combo-entry buttons look estrange...
But your work is incredible! I wait the release of the icon theme too, looks very nice!

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plopp

7 years ago

Hi, I've just found that Equinox looks pretty nice when used to draw OpenOffice, allthough menus are drawn black with black text (only hovered and insensitive items are visible) -- don't you know, where OO takes these colors from, so I could change them?

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sanjayb30

7 years ago

One of the best theme ever installed. Wish it could be the default theme of Ubuntu Lucid 10.4.
Waiting for the release of Icon theme.

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antoniofloresta

7 years ago

This theme is very nice!
Usually I prefer a greyish/blueish colour scheme.
But anyway, you did a fantastic job!

Thanks.

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Anywhere

7 years ago

Can a version of the default metacity themes be designed that looks better with the default button arrangement in Ubuntu Lucid?

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fraggle4

7 years ago

Just move your windows buttons back to the original order, ie Min,Max,Close.
Open up gconf-editor, Apps, Metacity, General, then find the string called "button_layout". A colon signifies which side of the window the buttons will be on; having the string value set as "menu:minimize,maximize,close" will give you exactly what is depicted in the preview above. I have mine set as "minimize,maximize,close:menu"
http://i1022.photobucket.com/albums/af343/fr4ggle4/gconf.png

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fraggle4

7 years ago

hey, just want to say this is definitely the greatest looking engine I have used in my Ubuntu system. Just curious though, what is the fourth caption button on the top left side of the windows in your previews, and how do I enable it? I've looked all over, but I can't seem to find any mention of it in any rc files or anything....

Thanks

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tiheum

7 years ago

I don't see what you mean. If the menu button (the left one with the arrow) is missing, try this :

Launch gconf-editor and look a the value of the key named button_layout in /apps/metacity/general. Mine is menu:minimize,maximize,close.

Hope this helps

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fraggle4

7 years ago

Yes, I was referring to the menu button (didn't know what it was actually called...) That solved it, thanks so much! Keep up the good work! We'll be eagerly awaiting the release of those icons.... :)

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cristiandk

7 years ago

When installing the engine and GTK themes. and 32bit packages i get the message.

That the icon-theme Faenza is missing and theirfore the theme cannot be completed.

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fraggle4

7 years ago

The theme displays fine without the icon pack (which is still currently under development, see the description above). Gnome is just telling you that it won't look as intended without said icon theme.

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6 years ago

1.50
* New option resizegripstyle
* New value for menubaritemstyle option (return of the original style !)

1.40
* New options menubaritemstyle, scrollbartrough, textstyle and textshade
* Rendering of progressbars improved
* Better support of dark themes
* Some changes in displaying focuses
* FIX: some crashes with Evolution

1.30.2:
ENGINE
* Better rendering for gradient listitems
THEMES
* Windows can be dragged from menubar
* Include userChrome.css to fix Firefox/Thunderbird menu issue
* Include Chromium/Chrome theme for Equinox Evolution
* Some fixes

1.30.1:
ENGINE
* Fix missing parameters in function equinox_style_copy

1.30:
ENGINE
* New options menubarborders and listviewitemstyle
* New values for menubarstyle and scrollbarstyle options
* Some fixes
THEMES
* New themes Evolution and Evolution Light
* Fix bug with Inkscape palette
* Workspace switcher and menubar items more lighter in dark panels
* Fix bugs with some applets: CPU scaling, network monitor, dictionary.
METACITY
* Bottom border of all themes reduced
* New themes Evolution Rounded and Evolution Squared

1.20:
ENGINE
* New options progressbarstyle and separatorstyle
* New values for options menubarstyle and toolbarstyle to hide borders of menubar and toolbar controls
* Overall performance improved
* Some fixes
THEMES
* Better integration in gnome 2.30 (specially for Nautilus)
* New light theme
METACITY
* New themes Light and Light Glass in which window controls used the selected background color
* New themes Classic and Classic Glass with a red close button and others in the selected background color

1.1:
ENGINE
* Progressbars and tabs now accept curvature option
* New engine option for menuitems style
* New focus rendering for tabs[/li]
THEMES
* New Gtkrc theme with wider controls
* Gnome panel with gradient pixmap
* Correct search bar color in Nautilus
METACITY
* Title bar reduced
* Space between title and buttons (if needed)
* Various corrections on windows controls

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