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Re: Good News On the Fedora 8 Theme & Decisions

Several thoughts:

The Echo icon theme doesn't seem to me like it would work as the F8 default icon theme unless used with the Nodoka theme; the Echo icons somehow seem immature otherwise.  So, I guess I would see Echo having a dependence on Nodoka, actually.  I think Echo + Nodoka would work quite well, if the Echo icon theme is made complete enough.  I also don't see any need to change the default Bluecurve mouse cursor theme.

The Mist icon theme seems to fit fairly well with Nodoka also.  I might add that a few of the Mist icons seem too "pixelated," however (this is merely something with the Mist icon theme itself).

As for the Nodoka theme engine, it is nearly complete, I think, and should definitely be ready for testing by August 28.  I don't think there's terribly much left to do with styling (see /usr/share/doc/gtk-nodoka-engine-0.5/TODO).  The choice of Fedora/Mist or Echo as the F8 default icon theme might influence some of the minor styling details, however.  The Nodoka Metacity theme is essentially in its final form, with the exception that it needs work for bugless button layout support.

So, I could go either way with Echo/Mist as the default icon theme, I guess.  I don't think the Nodoka theme really has much of a dependence on Echo, but rather the other way around, if either has a dependence on the other one.  What are your concerns that you mentioned over Echo?


Máirín Duffy <duffy redhat com> wrote:
Hey folks,

I just heard from members of the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee
(FESCo) that our team has been granted the authority to make decisions
on all Fedora artwork. What this means is that we will be able to
determine the default set of artwork and themes for Fedora 8. So, yay!

Now, this also means we do have some decisions to make:

- F8 default theme engine:

FESCo would like to see us make a decision on the default theme engine
for Fedora 8. Basically, if Nodoka is ready in time (the feature freeze
is Aug 28, might it be ready by then and testable by test 2, Sept 6?),
are we all comfortable with it being set as the default theme? How about
if Echo doesn't make it? (I'm using the Nodoka metacity theme right now
with the current default icon set, Mist, and I think that they
complement each other quite well. So I personally don't see there being
a dependency on Echo for Nodoka. What do you think?)

- F8 default icon theme:

Another decision we have to make is if we are comfortable with Echo
being the default for F8, and how complete we would require Echo to be
before it can be set as the default. Echo is not actually on the
proposed feature list [1] for F8, however. This may be an issue in
getting it into F8; I'm not sure. Would we be happy with Mist for
another release? Do we agree the Echo is the right direction to head in?
(I have some definite concerns here but would like to hear from you
folks before outlining them.)


[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/8/FeatureList

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