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Re: A new user experience for Jessy ?

Heya !

I have now some time to work on a theme for Debian 8. I'm willing to do it via the gitorious repo of collabart. Could you give me an access to the repo ?
My gitorious' account name is vagdish [1].

The wallpaper will be the theme's base [2]. I won't create deb packages, but i'll try to tweak the config files for popular packages.

Then, maybe I can dream to change the default packages from Gnome to something more custom, and lighter. Indeed, we may attract new user with something different (like Crunchbang did) without losing advanced users that already install their own set of packages.

Thanks !

[1] https://gitorious.org/~vagdish
[2] https://raw.github.com/Vagdish/Debian8-Theme/master/wallpaper/jessy-background.png

Le 19/08/2013 14:47, ValessioBrito a écrit :

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:
- 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

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
[3] http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/bjsh.png/
[4] http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/89/k41x.png/

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