Windows Colors Revisited

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OK, lemme try this again...for some reason, I posted this the other day, and then, last night this site went down and when it came back up, I noticed that my most recent submission was gone, so I'm therefore resubmitting it.

This theme is dedicated to ex-Windows users as well as people who are dual-booting and have wished that they could have the colors from the color schemes that came with Windows 95, 98, Me, and 2000. To those who have ever wished they could have that, your wish has just become reality with this series of themes that feature the EXACT colors of those color schemes.

However, since we all know that there are some cool things you can do in Linux that you can't do in Windows, this series of themes also illustrates that too, in the following ways:

* These themes all use the Murrine engine to produce a glossy 3-D look that just simply isn't available with these colors in Windows.

* You have the freedom to use whatever Metacity or Xfwm theme you wish to use and still have the intended titlebar colors displayed, provided your chosen Metacity or Xfwm theme is designed to do this (to illustrate this ability, I'm using the "Wallis" Xfwm theme in the screenshots, which is included with most distros that feature the Xfce desktop environment).

* Unlike Windows, you have the freedom to use whatever icon theme you wish (of course).

* If you want the 2-color look on the titlebar, I've even included an ODS spreadsheet file that tells you all of the text and background colors are for each of those color schemes, thereby allowing you to use whatever Emerald theme you wish and just simply plug the stated colors into them in the Emerald Theme Manager.

* When it comes to the desktop background colors that were used in the original color schemes on Windows, I've put those in the panel bar(s) along with a glossy look of their own. Or, alternately, if you wish, that can be commented out and therefore disabled.

Eat your heart out, Microsoft. For the rest of you -- enjoy! :-)
Last changelog:

8 years ago

1.02: Re-packaged with proper permissions for those who wish to install this series of themes into their /usr/share/themes directory.

1.01: Redid and tidied up the screenshots.

DDZ

7 years ago

Good work. Can you port these themes to GTK3 ?
Thank you in advance and have a nice day !

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asdfadf

8 years ago

When I run a gtk app from a terminal with one of the w9x Revisited themes set, I get the following warnings/errors:

/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:13: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "shadows/window-bg.png"
/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:66: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "/arrows/arrow-up-panel.png"
/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:70: Overlay image options specified without filename
/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:452: Unable to locate image file in pixmap_path: "/shadows/shadow-none.png"
/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/panel.rc:455: Background image options specified without filename
/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:103: Murrine configuration option "scrollbar_color" is no longer supported and will be ignored.
/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:111: Murrine configuration option "hilight_ratio" will be deprecated in future releases. Please use "highlight_shade" instead.
/home/user/.themes/w9x Brick Revisited/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:115: Murrine configuration option "gradients" is no longer supported and will be ignored.

I'm using murrine-0.98.1.1.
I can modify each theme to solve these, of course, but would you fix the version on this site too?

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Gooberslot

8 years ago

Is the panel in the Rainy Day one supposed to be black?

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fredbird67

8 years ago

Yes, because that was indeed the background color for the desktop in the original theme that was included with Windows 95/98/2000/Me. You can, however, change it if you wish by going into your panel.rc file and changing the background color in line 34.

Hope this helps!
Fred

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Gooberslot

8 years ago

Yeah, I already went and changed it.

Do you have any idea why, with the default colors, the notification area is blue when the rest of the panel is black? Also, my clock doesn't show up with the default black panel either(black font). It doesn't really matter since I changed the colors, I'm just curious.

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fredbird67

8 years ago

I just tried that theme and didn't have that problem at all (on Xfce), so therefore, I have no idea what's up with that. Tell me this, are you using GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, Openbox, Enlightenment,...?

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Triceratops

8 years ago

Hi,

The issue (lost of titlebar) occurred when I began playing with Dual Monitor, NVidia driver, with "Separate X Screen" option. When I changed to "Twinview" option, which combine the two monitors into a single virtual screen, the issue was gone.

May be this is a X Server or NVidia driver bug? In anyway, it's not worth wasting your time on this bug. Sorry for the vague bug report.

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fredbird67

8 years ago

Ah, that explains it. I wouldn't know much of anything about that, since I don't have a dual-monitor setup, either at home or at work.

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Triceratops

8 years ago

Hi,

I think I am going to remove this theme for now. Since I use it, strange things happen when I change to another theme. For example, the title bar is lost. When I move back to Windows Color (I saved it under a different name), the titlebar is not restored.

Reading in some posts in Ubunti forum, some people advised to type sudo metacity --replace
This solve temporarily but the issue is back eac time I change theme. Also while the terminal is opened, I saw this message appear very frequently:

/usr/share/themes/Desert Revisited/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:111: Murrine configuration option "hilight_ratio" will be deprecated in future releases. Please use "highlight_shade" instead.

Hope there will be a more Gnome friendly version in the future.

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fredbird67

8 years ago

Wow...I'm at a loss as far as what to do there, since I'm a former GNOME user who switched to Xfce back in April of last year.

Tell me this: Since this series of themes I created is based on Murrine-Colors, does this also happen with the Murrine-Colors series of themes? (available at http://xfce-look.org/content/show.php/Murrine-Colors?content=77661)

Since those themes were submitted more than 3 years ago, I can't help but wonder if there's some little hiccup in the current Murrine engine that causes that with those particular themes and anything based on them, such as mine...

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Triceratops

8 years ago

Now I can get close to what you show in the screenshot. But I cannot get the top window titlebar like in the screenshot. Was it supplied?

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fredbird67

8 years ago

No, there's no Metacity or Xfwm theme supplied with this. From what you said, it sounds like you're using GNOME, right? If you read the description carefully, you'll notice that I mentioned that I'm using the "Wallis" Xfwm theme, which comes with the Xfce desktop environment, for an illustration in the screenshots. Like I said, I've preserved the very same colors from the original Windows color schemes, giving you the flexibility to have those very same colors appear in the titlebars regardless of what Metacity or Xfwm theme you're using (provided that the titlebar theme in question is designed to do that), and I just simply chose the Wallis Xfwm theme to illustrate this.

While the Wallis titlebar isn't available in GNOME, if you've still using GNOME 2 (Linux Mint has stayed with GNOME 2, at least for the time being), I do know of a Metacity theme that looks quite a bit like Wallis. It's called "Unity" (yes, it just happens to bear the same name as that God-forsaken desktop that Ubuntu recently switched to, which is part of the reason I ditched GNOME for Xfce), which can be found on here at http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Unity?content=59694

Does this answer your question?

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Triceratops

8 years ago

Thank you for the detailed answer.
No Wallis theme under Gnome. Now I understand why only some themes in Gnome are compatible with yours. LinuxMint has AuroraMint, Carbon, Cassandra, Felicia. These themes allow to apply the "controls layout" from Window Color Revisited theme.

The one I use is actually Gilouche Square http://ubuntu-art.org/content/show.php/Gilouche+Squared?content=75789
This theme has a magic trick. Its titlebar color is able to change automatically to the color of the theme.

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Triceratops

8 years ago

Using LinuxMint 11 x64. I have extracted to /usr/share/themes

The theme is not visible in the preview of "Appearance Preferences"

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fredbird67

8 years ago

Ooh...my bad! Turns out there's one more thing you need to do: What's going on here is that the permissions for each of those folders are set so that only the root user can view the files. What you'll need to do is give all other users read permission and all should be well.

I gotta go to work now, but as soon as I come home from work this afternoon, I think I'll move those on my computer to /usr/share/themes and make sure they have the proper permissions and then re-upload them to fix this little annoyance.

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Triceratops

8 years ago

It was not the permission issue. I was expecting to see the preview in the Appearance Preferences window. It turns out I had to click Customize and Select the Controls tab.

This theme is simple and nice. Thanks.

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cwchien

8 years ago

I like them! Very minimalistic! Thanks a lot :)

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fredbird67

8 years ago

Thanx! :-) However, I don't consider these themes to be minimalistic. When I think of minimalistic as it applies to themes, I tend to think of the "flat"-looking themes. These, on the other hand, use the Murrine engine to produce glossy-looking 3-D effects (personally, I love those!).

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8 years ago

1.02: Re-packaged with proper permissions for those who wish to install this series of themes into their /usr/share/themes directory.

1.01: Redid and tidied up the screenshots.

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