Hey guys !
Yes, Jessy is far from being release as the stable release, but
soon to begin working on the graphic theme, and more generally
experience. Indeed, the choice of the Wheezy theme was kind of
but it was necessary due to freeze deadline and debian package
Well, let's begin to work then !
Some critics about the Wheezy theme was that "it was just a
wallpapers and backgrounds". That was kind of right. So there I
totally new approach for the design and the user experience for
Before describing the approach, I wish this work to be part of
, as I prefer collaboration than competition (competition that
Well, you all heard about the famous distribution called Archlinux.
long talks with users of the distributions, I discovered many
people are attracted by this distribution. The two main reasons
packages that are all up to date from upstreams (something that
shouldn't and won't compete) and the fact that's a bare and very
distribution out of the box. The latter is interesting, as many
wasn't aware that Debian can be installed with very few packages.
actually, a very light distribution. It's just that people are
download and install the default Gnome distribution.
On the other hand, Debian is not well-known for its simplicity.
favor Lubuntu and Xubuntu for new Linux users. So we can't set a
Debian distribution that won't be perfect for newcomer, but will
and light start for a medium-experienced user, or for users that
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.
- LXDE with Openbox/pcmanfm
- I intend to replace xscreensaver by slimlock 
There are two screenshots: Slim, and desktop. These are taken
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
"Clearlooks" (the default) to "Mist".
- Voilà !
Two things to notice:
- Slim and Pcmanfm can't scale the background to fit (like
option), So we will have to make many wallpapers at different
- The wallpaper has no license at all. I'm trying to contact the
author. But anyway, the wallpaper is just a part of the whole
I *will* make gnome/gdm/kdm/... themes. Like any other Debian
act on all required packages. But I want to uses Jessy as an
change the default Debian set of packages to make it lighter and
The project if hosted on Github:
I may push it to the CollabArt Gitorious repository if asked.
Thank you !
 http://joelburget.com/slimlock/ (It is currently a part of the