Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Faenza Desktop Makeover

It seems that everyone loves the Faenza icon set. If you like glossy, square tiled icons in candy-colours, this could be the desktop-makeover you're looking for.

I wasn't especially looking to change until I came across this set, only to realise I've been staring at the standard icons for a long time and needed a bit of visual pizazz...

Faenza is now available for Gnome and KDE in both light and dark flavours to fit your preferred themes.

An installation script lets you choose the logo of your favourite distribution and the appearance of the main menu icon (Gnome/distrib, monochrome/colour).

If you get the Gnome set from Gnome-look:

   1. Download the file.
   2. Extract the archive.
       2.1 Ensure permissions for install.sh set to run as executable program.
   3. Click on install.sh OR
      3.1 in a terminal - change to the directory you extracted into

(the installer needs the right sub-folder paths)
sudo ./installer.sh
(running as root will make the icon set available for all users on your system)
   4. Follow the prompts and hits the keys for selected options instructions.

See the release notes for Known Issues (there are some).

Why not?
  • If you don't like monochromatic icons for panels, toolbars and buttons (yes, it is almost bit too Mac-like)
  • If you don't like colourful squared icons for devices, applications, folder, files and Gnome menu items.
  • If you can't see the smaller sized panel icons (the VLC and Firefox icons don't work for me at all)
  • This is a work in progress: a lots of icons are missing especially for devices and emblems.
There is a Launchpad PPA repository to keep up with the Joneses as versions are updated.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

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