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#1 2018-02-06 21:56:42

aidan
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Registered: 2017-04-28
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Chicago95 for XFCE theme help

Hey guys, I've recently made some updates to the Chicago95 / Windows95 Total Conversion theme for XFCE. I'm trying to get some feedback on issues that people might run into since I'm unable to test every nook and cranny. GTK2 appears to work perfectly for the most part; GTK3 on the other hand might have a few issues.

screenshot 1:
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Direct link (unscaled): https://github.com/grassmunk/Chicago95/ … g?raw=true

screenshot 2:
PZZkJzy.png
Direct link (unscaled): https://i.imgur.com/PZZkJzy.png

XUbuntu 17.10 is the preferred distribution for the theme, however I imagine it should work across most Debian based distributions well enough. Some distributions use different versions of XFCE plugins so parts of the instructions might be a little off.

Main repo
https://github.com/grassmunk/Chicago95

I also have an alternative for non compositing environments where I made some workarounds since GTK3 unfortunately wasn't meant for that situation. This is mostly intended for older systems and gaming since it's common to disable compositing for those situations.

And an alternative for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users since the main project moved on.

- There are some issues that I'm unable to fix, such as LibreOffice 5 with the libreoffice-gtk3 package having some odd inconsistencies with the rest of the system theme; but this seems to be the case with other themes as well. I just recommend uninstalling the package so that libreoffice falls back to the GTK2 engine. I do this regardless of the theme anyhow.
- Some GTK3 applications like Thunderbird seem to use their own menu arrows and separators, unless I'm missing something there.
- There's support for GNOME's client side decorations, however it looks really out of place with a skeuomorph theme imo. (I have an alternative with disabling those though!)
- Also there isn't any support for high DPI displays. I don't know how to make SVG icons or how to work with that stuff since I don't have a high DPI display myself. For the most part I'm still running on a CRT, but 1080p is the highest monitor res I've got at the moment.

Last edited by aidan (2018-02-06 21:58:44)

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#2 2018-02-21 14:02:15

lazlo
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Registered: 2011-03-02
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Re: Chicago95 for XFCE theme help

This looks awesome! I'll try and give it a shot as soon as I get home. Will let you know of any issues I encounter.

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#3 2018-02-23 06:48:02

aidan
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Re: Chicago95 for XFCE theme help

Awesome!

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#4 2018-02-23 18:23:51

lazlo
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Re: Chicago95 for XFCE theme help

So I had a go and just wanted to say you've done an absolutely fantastic job! It looks stunning.
Also the installation guide was quite comprehensive.

The only thing I coulnd't do was to make the icons on the left side of the clock look like the ones in the screenshot. Mine look like buttons, with a frame around the icon and yours are flat with nothing around them. Maybe I missed something.

But again, great work.

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#5 2018-02-25 06:58:56

aidan
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Registered: 2017-04-28
Posts: 12

Re: Chicago95 for XFCE theme help

Thanks!

The "notification area" plugin will draw a frame by default around the tray icons. You can disable the frame in the plugin settings by opening the Settings Manager > Panel > Items tab > Notification Area (double click it) > uncheck the box for "Show frame." Or just simply access it by right clicking an empty spot of the notification area on the panel itself and selecting "properties" in the context menu.

Now the notification icons displaying as buttons is a little strange. Which distribution and release version are you using?

Oh I wanted to mention I'm not the creator of the theme, but just a collaborator. EMH-Mark-I.

Last edited by aidan (2018-02-25 07:01:05)

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#6 2018-02-25 08:53:04

lazlo
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Re: Chicago95 for XFCE theme help

Ah, that's ok. Still, great job to all the contributers!

I am using Xubuntu 16.04.1.

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#7 2018-03-02 18:01:13

aidan
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Registered: 2017-04-28
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Re: Chicago95 for XFCE theme help

Did you use the Ubuntu 16.04 version of the theme? The main project is for GTK3.22. Ubuntu 16.04 is on GTK3.18 if I recall correctly. As minor of a difference in numbers that may seem, the GTK project can sneeze and it would require a complete rewrite of the theme...

Just in case, here's the Ubuntu 16.04 version of the theme.

Last edited by aidan (2018-03-02 18:08:11)

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