(Newer version: https://www.opendesktop.org/p/1231025/ )
Gtk2 / Gtk3 theme mimicking CDE / Motif .
This 1.1 version is mainly an update of the Gtk2 theme. It now looks.. well as close as I could get it to mimic CDE (at least, this is as far as I want to take it.) It is now completely based on grabbed images from CDE, for buttons and such. A script will colorize all images for the selected CDE palette. (there are 40 or so). The script uses code grabbed from the motif window manager to calculate the colors, so it should come very close to the original. Lot of programs still use Gtk2, eg Gimp. I'm really happy about how it works with Gimp. Eg all dialogs have green widgets, like in the HPUnix I used to work on as a student ;) (see screenshots.)
CDE= Common Desktop Environment was (is) a colorful desktop from the '90s with a very distinct flat / boxy look.
Comes with about 40 original CDE color schemes. Script generates the gtk.css etc files. Includes the purplish 'Solaris' found in many 'cde themes' (the palette Crimson.dp)
Includes theme for Xfce window decorations ala CDE/Motif
I'm also working on a cde front panel app emulation.. see sourcforge 'cdepanel'
README FILE: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CDE/MOTIF LIKE THEME FOR GTK2/3 AND XFWM4
(Jos van Riswickemail@example.com)
Please copy the CDEtheme directory to ~/.themes/CDEtheme
For the theme to take effect, go into Xfce Settings/Appearance and pick
CDEtheme to make the colors apply to all running apps. Similar in other desktop
For the xfwm4 theme to apply, go into Xfce Settings/Window Manager/Theme and choose
CDEtheme (for cde style window decorations)
Default color scheme is 'Broica' but you can also switch to any other CDE
colorscheme in the CDEtheme/palettes directory, by using the MotifColors.py
script. For each palette, in CDE you could choose between 4 or 8 colors, so do
one of these:
MotifColors.py palettes/Broica.dp 8
MotifColors.py palettes/Broica.dp 4
to generate all new files. For this to take effect, you need to switch to another
scheme, and then switch back to CDEtheme again.
Script now also generates a new theme directory eg for
./MotifColors palettes/Charcoal.dp 8
it makes a new theme 'CDEtheme-Charcoal-8-colors. So you can also click
For this script to work you need to install the pyqt4 modules and the
pixmap gtk2 engine. Eg on ubuntu something like:
sudo apt install python-qt4
sudo apt install gtk2-engines-pixbuf
and of course you need python.
So yes, hope you can get it to work !