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Re: The status of desktop-base in wheezy


I don't really know how to begin this email, except by thanking you and
the desktop mailing list for their feedbacks and their support.

I'm very proud that my work has been chosen. I though that, despite the
very good feedbacks I had, the "7th Element" theme would be chosen.
Indeed, everyone agree that it is very polish, efficient, and would have brought
a second wind for the Debian identity.

Every submitted work has their goods, and I liked everything. The
"competition" was tough thanks to each person that submitted a
proposition. The choice must have been difficult to make.

Well, I don't have any experience in packaging (I do have some in coding though)
but I have some time and motivation (of course !) to help you in packaging 
the theme. I will send you all the sources I have, including a minor
modification of the plymouth loading screen.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any help, advice, or whatever.


2012/6/21 Paul Tagliamonte <paultag@gmail.com>
Howdy, desktop,

As many of you know, we're tragically close to freeze. As a result, the
usual process of voting, debating and picking a theme via consensus is
not really possible. There was also a distinct lack of interest in such
a process, as well.

I've taken it upon myself to start getting desktop-base into shape for

I've picked the "Joy"[1] theme by Adrien Aubourg as the default
for Debian 7.0, which features a tasteful, understated and classic
look, something that both identifies as Debian while still maintaining
an air of professionalism.

Congrats, and thank you Adrien!

I'd like to thank everyone who submited artwork, and express how
impressed I am with the artistic talent we have in Debian.

I'd like to also give high honors to the "Roj"[2] theme, as well as the
"7th Element"[3] theme. If there was more time before freeze, I'd love to
have seen a working mockup of 7th Element. I don't think anyone will
argue that 7th Element had one of the most jaw-dropping and impressive
login designs I've ever seen.

The plan for wheezy is as follows:

 * I've pushed changes to desktop-base to SVN.

 * Once I give it some finial polish, I will target an upload to experimental,
  where it will (hopefully) recieve some testing, feedback and patches.

 * Once it's in good shape, or directly before freeze, an upload to
  unstable will be targeted.

 - Paul

[1]: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Themes/Joy
[2]: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Themes/Roj
[3]: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Themes/7th-element

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