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Re: A new user experience for Jessy ?


I think this is an opportunity to work in collaboration among all
artists, developers and users of Debian. Together we can deliver a
better user experience, from the installer to the desktop version.

I'm available to assist with anything you need.

If you need access to and Gitorious[1] or DebianArt[2], count me out.

[1] https://gitorious.org/themes-debianart/collabart
[2] http://www.debianart.org or http://svn.debianart.org/

2013/8/17 Adrien Aubourg <adrien.aubourg@gmail.com>:
> Hey guys !
> Yes, Jessy is far from being release as the stable release, but it's not too
> soon to begin working on the graphic theme, and more generally on the user
> experience. Indeed, the choice of the Wheezy theme was kind of arbitrary,
> but it was necessary due to freeze deadline and debian package validation.
> Well, let's begin to work then !
> Some critics about the Wheezy theme was that "it was just a bunch of
> wallpapers and backgrounds". That was kind of right. So there I propose a
> totally new approach for the design and the user experience for Jessy.
> Before describing the approach, I wish this work to be part of CollabArt
> [1], as I prefer collaboration than competition (competition that happened
> for Wheezy).
> Well, you all heard about the famous distribution called Archlinux. After
> long talks with users of the distributions, I discovered many reasons why
> people are attracted by this distribution. The two main reasons are the
> packages that are all up to date from upstreams (something that Debian
> shouldn't and won't compete) and the fact that's a bare and very light
> distribution out of the box. The latter is interesting, as many of them
> wasn't aware that Debian can be installed with very few packages. Debian is,
> actually, a very light distribution. It's just that people are used to
> download and install the default Gnome distribution.
> On the other hand, Debian is not well-known for its simplicity. Actually, I
> favor Lubuntu and Xubuntu for new Linux users. So we can't set a new default
> Debian distribution that won't be perfect for newcomer, but will be a good
> and light start for a medium-experienced user, or for users that want
> lightness over simplicity.
> So I've selected few packages for a bare Debian installation, and I
> configured them to obtain both a new design and a new experience. Roughly:
> - LXDE with Openbox/pcmanfm
> - Slim
> - Midori
> - Xarchiver
> - Wicd
> - Sylpheed
> - I intend to replace xscreensaver by slimlock [2]
> There are two screenshots: Slim, and desktop. These are taken directly after
> the installation of the theme [3 - 4]
> To install the theme:
> - Setup a minimal (really minimal) Debian Jessy
> - Log as root and install the "ca-certificates" package
> - Grab the installation script:
> https://raw.github.com/Vagdish/Debian8-Theme/master/install.sh
> - Make it executable (chmod +x install.sh)
> - Launch it (./install.sh)
> - Wait until reboot.
> - I can't find how to change the default gtk theme. So change it from
> "Clearlooks" (the default) to "Mist".
> - Voilà !
> Two things to notice:
> - Slim and Pcmanfm can't scale the background to fit (like --bg-scale feh
> option), So we will have to make many wallpapers at different resolution.
> - The wallpaper has no license at all. I'm trying to contact the original
> author. But anyway, the wallpaper is just a part of the whole experience.
> I *will* make gnome/gdm/kdm/... themes. Like any other Debian theme, it will
> act on all required packages. But I want to uses Jessy as an opportunity to
> change the default Debian set of packages to make it lighter and more
> attractive.
> The project if hosted on Github: https://github.com/Vagdish/Debian8-Theme
> I may push it to the CollabArt Gitorious repository if asked.
> Thank you !
> Adrien Aubourg
> [1] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Themes/CollabArt
> [2] http://joelburget.com/slimlock/ (It is currently a part of the upstream
> Slim)
> [3] http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/bjsh.png/
> [4] http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/89/k41x.png/

> Profissional de inovação
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