CDE theme

GTK3 Themes cde emulation gtk2 gtk3

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Description:

Gtk2 / Gtk3 theme mimicking CDE / Motif and Front panel app
'An elegant desktop, from a more... civilzed age.' ;)

Latest version 1.3 : Now includes configurable XFCE window decorations. Title height and border width can be set in pixels, and the images necessary for xfwm making up the border and window buttons will be generated from that. Also the panel app and gtk/xfce theme are now combined into a single package

Unpack, and run 'cdepanel'. (Maybe do chmod u+x cdepanel first.)
Tested on Xubuntu 17.10.

To generate theme files without using the panel app, use the 'switchtheme' script.



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) and a color scheme used on HPUnix (at least on the Hp9000 I used).

Includes theme for Xfce window decorations ala CDE/Motif



README FILE ########################################################################

CDEPANEL AND CDETHEME 1.3 / JOS@JOSVANRISWICK.COM

CDE front panel emulation with gtk and xfce theme

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HOW TO TEST:

Make fresh a live usb of xubuntu 17.10 and run the binary 'cdepanel'
(you may need to do 'chmod u+x cdepanel')

Use gtk/xfce theme *without* the panel app with the 'switchtheme' script, eg:

./switchtheme ../palettes/Broica.dp 8 5 18 true true true

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NEWS:

In this 1.3 version I added configurable XFCE window decorations. Title height
and border width can be set in pixels, and the images for borders and window
buttons will be generated from that.

Directories and are now organized a bit different. See 'TWEAK' below.

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REQUIREMENTS:

1) linux
2) a /tmp directory
3) python2.7
4) imagemagick convert
5) gtk2 pixmap engine
6) python and PyQt4
7) Prefarably, use XFCE4 !

It was tested on xubuntu 17.10. On ubuntu,
python and imagemagick should come installed. But if not, do:

sudo apt install imagemagick python gtk2-engines python-qt4 gtk2-engines-pixbuf

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INSTALLATION:

A) CDE Panel app

1) extract the zip to some place you can access
2) copy 'cdepanel' to your path, or just run it from there
(maybe you need to make it executable, do: 'chmod u+x cdepanel')

If you are using xfce4 the script will set a different CDE
backdrop to every workspace. However, not all versions of xfce4 allow
setting the backdrop from a script. So you may need to go into
SETTINGS/DESKTOP and uncheck 'Apply to all workspaces'.

The Gtk2/3 theme uses images (arrows and such). Gtk3 doesnt always display
these sharply, depending on the dpi setting or font size. If some elemens
in apps appear blurred, try modifying your custom dpi setting or font
size. (XFCE SETTINGS/APPEARANCE/FONTS)

If the 'cdepanel' binary doesnt work on your system, you need to TWEAK (see below)

B) Gtk/xfce theme *without* cde panel app

1) copy 'cdetheme' directory to ~/.themes
2) Go into xfce/settings/ appearance and window manager to pick 'cdetheme'
(or similar app in other environments)
3) use the 'switchtheme' script for picking a new color palette or set the
window height/border width

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USAGE:

Configuration of the cdepanel app can mostly be done by right click on the panel.
Apps can be added to the panel and drawers using drag and drop.

Keys and mouse:

mousewheel: switch workspace
=/- or ctrl-mousewheel: change size
h/H or shift-mousewheel: change sharpness/antialiasing
p/P: quick palette switch
s/S: tweak displayed saturation
c: pop up config dialog

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TWEAK

The file 'cdepanel' is a pyinstaller executable containing almost all
dependencies. So running that has the greatest chance of just working. The
cdepanel script will try to make an initial configuration based on what it
finds on your system. If you want to manually tweak or modify/improve the
configuration or scripts, here are some pointers:

cdetheme/: directory containting the gtk/xfce theme files, should be copied to
~/.themes A link to this directory called cdetheme1 will be created to be able
to quickly switch and affect changes when the theme has been modified

cdetheme/scripts: directory with all the python scripts

scripts/cdepanel.py: the source file of the main app. If the binary 'cdepanel'
doesnt work, try to run this one.

scripts/switchtheme: script for setting the theme (gtk/xfce), without using the
panel app

scripts/CdePanel/: the configuration directory for cdepanel. On initial run,
this is copied to your ~/.config directory.

CdePanel/layout: file that determines what is shown on the panel

CdePanel/config: some configuration options

CdePanel/cache: icon cache. If your icons look funny, empty this dir

CdePanel/drawers: contains drawer files (the arrow things that pop up a list of
apps). On inital run, a set of default drawers is created.

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PYHON DEPENDENCIES

If you want to use the python modules instead of the 'binary' please install
the following dependencies:

sudo apt install python-dev build-essential python-sip-dev python-sip-dev libpythonqt-dev libqt4-dev libqt4-dev libqt4-dev python-qt4-dev python-qt4 python-yaml python-xdg python-pil python-pip

sudo pip install ewmh
sudo pip install colors.py
sudo pip install pyinstaller

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QT THEME

Hmm in xubuntu 17.10 the gtk style now doesnt seem to be applied to QT apps. To do this install

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mati75/qt5ct
sudo apt install qt5ct
sudo apt install qt5-style-plugins

and in .bashrc set

QT_QPA_PLATFORMTHEME=qt5ct
export QT_QPA_PLATFORMTHEME=qt5ct

(one of the 2)

start qt5ct and pick 'gtk+'



So yes.. I hope you can get it to work !

rosaastrum

22 days ago

The themes are great! The CDE Panel runs, theme configuration works well, but I get the following error when trying to launch anything from it on Xubuntu 18.04:

gtk-launch: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libatk-1.0.so.0: undefined symbol: g_log_structured_standard

Any ideas? Thanks for your great work by the way.

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josvanr

18 days ago

Thnx! Hm it will be some time for I can look into this again. What happens if you run gtk-launch separately (from a terminal)? Maybe you can try sudo apt upgrade and sudo apt update or something, try and fix broken dependencies..

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roffez

1 month ago

How do I set text (foreground) and selection color? I saw that some themes have text color set to white and others to black, but the palettes don't seem to contain the text colors.

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josvanr

1 month ago

hi Roffez, right, you can't. In CDE, the text colors are calculated from the background they are on. Black for light backgrounds, white for dark ones. So I replicated that calculation (got the code from MWM). If you want to set it manually, you would need to do some hacking.............

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josvanr

1 month ago

thnx btw for your contribution, if that was you !

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roffez

1 month ago

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roffez

1 month ago

Great! But GTK2 apps are missing bevelling (they have no borders around buttons etc.). What can I do?

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josvanr

1 month ago

Thnx! Hm in my distro (xubuntu 18.02) it seems to work. What distro are you using?

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roffez

1 month ago

Kubuntu 18.04, but with a 4k display (Fonts dpi forced to 120dpi, although changing this does not have any effect). Here's what it looks like:
https://pasteboard.co/HAlausT.png

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josvanr

1 month ago

ok thnx. Hmm I may be able to try that from live cd. What application is this? Same for Gimp?

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roffez

1 month ago

This is the GTK2 theme preview from KDE, but yes, same for gimp+other GTK 2 apps I checked.

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josvanr

1 month ago

Hello!

I'll release an update sometime soon but if you want to try in the meantime:

please delete the directory ~/.themes/cdetheme/gtk-2.0/bak , that seems to cause the trouble.

Unfortunately, the panel app doesnt seem to work too well with kubuntu, but the gtk themes do.

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roffez

1 month ago

Thank you, this seems to work! I don't care for the panel but the rest is simply awesome!

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unxusr

2 months ago

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gyll

2 months ago

Absolutely great! still needs some polishing here and there, but all in all a great piece of work

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unix-junkie

3 months ago

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hide2018

3 months ago

I do not know why, the gtk3 elements are displayed incorrectly, the panels are either transparent or completely black.
Ubuntu 18.04

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hide2018

3 months ago

Я не знаю, почему элементы gtk3 отображаются некорректно, панели являются прозрачными или полностью черными.
Ubuntu 18.04

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josvanr

3 months ago

prastitje daitje mnje el screen shot

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josvanr

3 months ago

what do you mean with 'panels' ?

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hide2018

3 months ago

This applies only to programs on gtk3.
I attach a screenshot of the link:
https://s33.postimg.cc/xh54bdzgv/2018-07-14_12-35-09.png

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josvanr

1 month ago

Hmmm I seem to be unable to set the gtk theme in the live usb version (gnome-tweaks can't be installed). Dont know if I'll get around to do a full install. Maybe you can try and look for error messages if you start an application from the command line. The gtk3 errors should be visible then...

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gpyra

3 months ago

Great theme! Could you please also create IRIX theme? There is gtk2 version available as part of MaXX Desktop project http://maxxinteractive.com/downloads/Indy-1.1.0/FEDORA/MaXX-Indy-1.1.0-NO-ARCH.tar.gz (by MaXX/share/themes/MaXX-Classic path), but we also need gtk3 version.

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josvanr

1 month ago

thnx! Hm yes that would be nice. But I doubt I can find the time for that. Since my last upload, I haven't even found the time for simple maintenance.. but who knows, someday...

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trendkill

4 months ago

Hi, very nice, I love it. Thanks! Here is something:

[trendkill@archmac scripts]$ ./switchtheme
File "./switchtheme", line 63
print helptxt
^
SyntaxError: Missing parentheses in call to 'print'. Did you mean print(helptxt)?
[trendkill@archmac scripts]$

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