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Dark Light. The native KDE windeco.


Window Decoration native KDE 3.2 +

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Dark Light. The native KDE windeco.

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Downloads:  3455
Submitted:  Jul 14 2006
Updated:  Sep 12 2006


I played around with DecGen as yet another attempt at deco for The Dark Star OS.

1) untar the archive
2) cd to the new directory
4) make
5) `su' unless you are doing this as root
6) make install

1) Compile may fail in older KDE/Qt versions:
A workaround is to comment lines 2041 and 2042 in kwin/darklight.cpp
2) FreeBSD: libtool may fail misteriously and make will install the files in the pretty wrong directory
A workaround for this:
-before doing ./configure; do `pkg_add -r libtool` unless you have it.
-CONFIGURE MUST BE DONE WITH --prefix=`kde-config --prefix`!!
-after ./configure; do `rm -f libtool && ln -s /usr/local/bin/libtool && cd kwin/config && uic darklightconfig.ui > darklightconfig.h && cd ../..`
-run make and all related stuff.

All of those anti-M$ trolls/free software freaks:
Sadly, I'm forced to use GPL. Argh.
My first native window decoration! Hurray!
Please, if you like this theme, you can support The Dark Star (based on FreeBSD), for which this theme was made.


Fixed upload.

-Included in The Dark Star 4.0.
-Most things redone, using the Gnome theme Linsta.

-Included in The Dark Star 3.0, shoulda called this R4, oh, well...
-Made Close a little darker to make the colorize option still look good. I took care this not to be noticeable with the non-colorized buttons, though.
-Fixed the ugly borders.

-added more screenshots. Damn, this isn't bumping, what's wrong?

-added a notice about a workaround for FreeBSD users
-and also added a notice about The Dark Star. You're more than welcome to support us!

-just switched the inactive close button's hover and pressed states.

-woo! blinkies!

-tested under KDE 3.2.3 (with the workaround listed above), should work and compile under newer like a charm.
-initial version.

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 Just a suggestion.

 by abhay on: Jul 14 2006
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It compiled fine here on 3.5.3 but I have a suggestion. Can you put a little space between close and maximize button? That would make it more compatible to usability standards. Otherwise, excellent work :)

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 Re: Just a suggestion.

 by franzf on: Jul 14 2006
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You can do that yourself.
Go to Buttons-tab and drag a spacer (from the list) between those buttons.
There you also can change the positioning of the buttons.

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 Re: Re: Just a sugge

 by abhay on: Jul 15 2006
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Oh never knew that. Thanx :)

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 Re: Just a suggestio

 by InFeRnODeMoN on: Jul 14 2006
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Everybody can change the button layout and add some spacers between the buttons if they want.
I don't plan adding this feature to the main package, but I can make a second one with the spaces, only if I knew how to implement this...
Any help is appreciated.

The Dark Star. Possibly all what you need in your lifetime.
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 Great, but .. ;)

 by industrie13 on: Jul 15 2006
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Hi, thanks very much for that great theme.
However, I have a little suggestion. Is there a possibility to add an hover-effect to the buttons? At the moment they seem to be static, but a hover could make using this theme a lot more fun ;)

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 Re: Great, but .. ;)

 by InFeRnODeMoN on: Jul 17 2006
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Done. How could I forget to add them!

The Dark Star. Possibly all what you need in your lifetime.
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 Re: Re: Great, but .

 by industrie13 on: Jul 18 2006
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Thanks ;)

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 by sabby7890 on: Jul 19 2006
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IMHO it looks like XP deco, but I like it:) Vote +

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 How to install windo

 by RaKris on: Jul 20 2006
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Hi i was using GNOME these days...
i am new to KDE...
So can u please tell me how to install
windows decorations please..
I would be very GLAD....
Anyone Please............

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 Re: How to install w

 by InFeRnODeMoN on: Jul 20 2006
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These days people aren't reading the howtos, do they?
Look at the "HOWTO COMPILE" I wrote.

The Dark Star. Possibly all what you need in your lifetime.
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 Re: How to install windo

 by angrykeyboarder on: Aug 11 2006
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KDE offsets it's coolness factor by making it 10 times harder to install a theme in KDE than in is GNOME.

On the other hand, GNOME can't figure out how to do something as simple as allow a user to change the colors of widgets or window decorations...

They're both lame. But I digress...

The instructions are right near the top of this page.

Oh and welcome to the world of compiling software!

© 2006 angrykeyboarder™ & Elmer Fudd. All Wights Wesewved

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 by angrykeyboarder on: Aug 11 2006
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$ ./configure
checking build system type...
Can't find X includes. Please check your installation and add the correct paths!

What does that mean in English and how do I fix it?

Everything else in KDE seems to be working fine. That's the first time I've ever seen that error conpiling a theme for KDE.

© 2006 angrykeyboarder™ & Elmer Fudd. All Wights Wesewved

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 Re: Ummm...

 by InFeRnODeMoN on: Aug 12 2006
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It seems that your X11 includes are in a nonstandard place. Try to have a copy (or a symlink) of them in /usr/X11R6
Hope this works!

The Dark Star. Possibly all what you need in your lifetime.
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 by franzf on: Aug 23 2006
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Cause this theme looks really nice I finally managed to write an ebuild.
Due to your versioning it is not so flexible (for newer versions u have to edit it...).
Probably you could change versioning from -r3 / -r4 to -3.0 / -4.0 / -4.1 / ...
Thats the way nearly every project does, and ebuild-handling is easier ;)

OK, here it is:
-> x11-themes/darklight-3.1.ebuild

inherit kde


#Please improve Description, dont know what to write :D
DESCRIPTION="WinDec with a nice contrast."


KEYWORDS="~amd64 ~x86"

src_compile() {
   ./configure \
     --prefix=`kde-config --prefix` \
     || die 'configure failed'

need-kde 3.2

When compiling the source there are 100's of ugly warnings:
/usr/kde/3.5/lib64/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so: Feature KFontCombo already defined in /usr/kde/3.5/lib/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so!
/usr/kde/3.5/lib64/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so: Feature KFontRequester already defined in /usr/kde/3.5/lib/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so!
/usr/kde/3.5/lib64/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so: Feature KGradientSelector already defined in /usr/kde/3.5/lib/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so!
/usr/kde/3.5/lib64/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so: Feature KHSSelector already defined in /usr/kde/3.5/lib/kde3/plugins/designer/kdewidgets.so!

Probably you could manage to clean this for the next version ;)


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