Cataloguing & Converting Bluecurve Icons

Máirín Duffy duffy at
Mon May 22 22:22:10 UTC 2006

Hi Steven!

Steven Garrity wrote:
> Is it fair to assume, then, that the Bluecurve icon style will live on?

Well, this effort is pretty much orthogonal to discussion of Fedora's default 
icon set. :)

*Many* people have expressed interest in keeping Bluecurve alive. Whether or not 
it lives on as the default style for Fedora, it's still a large set of GPL 
artwork that is sadly quite poorly documented, so this is a plan to at least 
make a set of guidelines for making more icons in the set and making it easy to 
browse the entire catalog of icons and contribute to it.

> The thing about Tango is, for it to really work, there needs to be 
> adoption.

How so?

Is there really that much advantage to every Linux desktop's icons looking 
*exactly* the same? How about if we stuck to a common set of metaphors? This is 
something that I brought up in my discussion with Andreas that still has not 
been addressed for me:

"<andreasn> btw, if you have any suggestions on how we could make the guidelines 
better, like if some of the palette colors suck please tell us they are not set 
in stone in any way
<mizmo> andreasn: it's not the palette colors specifically as its just the 
entire aesthetic.
* dfong nod
<mizmo> andreasn: what i think would be better is like what dfong is suggesting 
- guidelines for the icon metaphors because i think (i hope) the whole point is 
to make the linux desktop across distros easier to use
<mizmo>andreasn: the icon metaphor i think is really more the meat of the 
usability issue than the actual aesthetic appearance" [1]



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