Desktop Graphics Approval committee?

Trae McCombs occy at
Wed Dec 3 02:05:18 UTC 2003

On Tue, 2003-12-02 at 19:51, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-12-01 at 14:43, Trae McCombs wrote:
> > Is there going to be some sort of committee that approves things? 
> I tend to say there's a committee with one person on it, namely Garrett
> ;-)


> Code surely suffers from design by committee, but graphics seem to
> suffer even more.

I more than concur.

> Not to say Fedora Extras especially can't contain all kinds of alternate
> themes and backgrounds but I think the Fedora default appearance really
> benefits from a quality dictatorship.

This should still be a limited contribution so as not to take up too
much space.  

> The point is to be sure the defaults stay consistent and attractive, I
> don't think there's any need to suppress alternate themes, though I'd
> say the default install should try to keep a nice sane set of choices
> that appeal to a variety of people.

You took the words right out of my mouth.  There is a BIG difference
here where people are starting to get all excited and talk about themes
and what-not.  Fedora, or any distro for that matter, should NEVER be a
theme repository.  There are way too many different look and feels out
there, and to try and include a smattering of all of them would take up
tons of space; space on iso's that would be better spent on high-quality

The main thing we need to concentrate on, and TBH, Garrett has most of
this pegged out 99.999%, is the default look for Fedora.  I think there
are a few minor tweaks here and there that need to take place, but over
all, Fedora has a great look and feel that rivals, if not beats, all
other desktops.  I even enjoy using it much more than MacOSX.  

So again, let's not waste time, and bandwidth on this list talking about
themes, but more or less spend time on tweaking, and doing
ever-so-slight modifications to further enhance the great work that
Garrett has already done.

Furthermore, keep in mind that any graphics that get accepted should be
of the highest quality.  Just because someone fires up Gimp and creates
a logo, and they, and their friends, happen to think it's cool, doesn't
mean it would be the best fit for Fedora.  There are tons of artists out
there who have different tastes and styles, and when it comes to
consistency, we need to stay with the current look and feel no matter if
it's Icons, Backgrounds, Window Borders, Boot-up screens, or whatever. I
personally know Garrett, and know he's a really nice guy, but he's going
to have to put his foot down on some of these submissions.  Again, that
has nothing to do with an artists ability, but more or less his,
Garrett's, knowledge and understanding of what style fits better with
the current Fedora overall look and feel.

Thanks for your time,

Trae McCombs
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