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What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:56:40 PM »
Hello All

I'm looking to do a video for my channel on modernising xfce, i plan to give a shout out to this awesome community aswell so i thought i might ask for some opinions/views to enhance it, so here are the questions:

1. What theme/theme group is the most modern ?

2. What compositor is your preference ?

3. What icon set is your choice ?

4. What is your desktop layout for xfce ?

5. Do you design your own wallpapers for your desktop ?

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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 01:03:47 AM »
Nice to hear that!
I am using xfce for years and i realise that what makes it so powerful is its simplicity, unlike other lightweight desktop environments like LXDE you don't need to dig deeper to find things. Other than that its development cycle is slow which makes it a stable and rock-solid desktop environment.
On your questions:
Everyone have their own preferences about their desktop some like to keep it as simple as possible and some like to keep it loaded with a lot of widgets/indicators or enhance it via a window manager like compiz, kwin, openbox, etc. The xfce is the most configrable desktop i had ever seen.
1. You can try out any theme that looks good to your eyes. I prefer to use dark theme right now Adapta-Maia.
2. I like to keep it simple, so xfwm4 is my preference.
3. I prefer to use Papirus-Maia, Paper-Maia and Vertex-Maia. Sometimes my own mEWLe-crux and mCOLe-material-unite(varients of paper-icon theme only)
4. I like to stick with Manjaro's  layout it is awesome, the only adjustment i made to the basic layout is moving the panel to top.
5. I like to use a combination of the Manjaro wallpapers and my own tailor-made wallpapers.

I recommend to just have a look at the video created by Spatry sir for getting some inspiration.
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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018, 03:57:14 AM »
you want mine its on the site lol i have several pics in the screenshot portion here and i did a mods review here too about voyager my backgrounds are usually ones i find on the interwebs. some of the pics where kde but most where xfce.
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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 07:11:42 AM »
Ryan, Manjaro is offering the most modern implementation of XFCE which is introducing GTK3 capability. I use Oomox-git to make my own themes for it. With an image editor, you can make your own panel and desktop wallpapers to accompany the theme. The Papyrus icon themes look elegant with XFCE.
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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 08:16:57 AM »
sudo apt install gnome-shell

LOL!!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder my friend. I would go with that new Qogir theme that's floating around.

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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2018, 11:09:35 PM »
I've talked (probably a lot, maybe too much) about mine before, but here goes:

I'm using XFCE with Compiz-Reloaded as my WM and Compositor. I do not have "wallpapers" in any standard sense, instead, I have set Compiz with a 3D model in the "cube" and set the desktops to transparent, so everything on screen is overlaid on the 3D model.

I have six desktops in a six sided cube because that matches the theme of the model. I'm not using any conky's or Cairo Docks or Planks or any of that at this time, but I have two panels... the bottom panel is a fairly standard XFCE "clone of Windows XP" sort of thing... menu, task bottons, system tray and clock. The top panel has weather on the left (with real time basic stats, temp, wind direction and speed, humidity) then on the right net work up and dow speed, cpu speed (averaged across all eight cores) mem usage, uptime,cpu temp, mb temp and wifi signal strength (although I may remove that one since I'm connected on ethernet now)

My icons (which are never shown on the desktop, only in thunar) are "Alienware-Invader"

My window borders I custom made to go with the theme, using Photoshop and Emerald.

Here's a link to a video of what the whole mess looks like... the opening credits are kind of long, so if you want to skip ahead to about 36 seconds (also the video doesn't show the icon set I am using now...)

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Re: Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2018, 03:30:33 PM »
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sudo apt install gnome-shell

LOL!!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder my friend. I would go with that new Qogir theme that's floating around.

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You can run gnome-shell on xfce? Does that make the installation heavy with other gnome packages?

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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2018, 04:50:38 PM »
You can run gnome compatible software with XFCE and I am sure there is a way to bloat down your xfce with gnome but I imagine it would look atrocious even if you were successful enough to pull that off... mutter would want to fight for compositing over xfwm4 and I am sure there are a bunch of other fun catastrophes awaiting you... experimentation is KEY! and after you break it, come back to the darkside.... we have FREE COOKIES! 
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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2018, 09:44:16 PM »
I was more or less joking since I prefer the glutton of a resource hog GNOME. I've been quite happy, since switching from Ubuntu to Fedora, with the default GNOME theme Adwaita-Dark. I used to LOVE the Yaru theme, a.k.a. Community Theme, and still kinda do. There's a Flat theme that's been around for a while and has been forked several times, mostly into Mac OS X themes. I think it's called Arc, that's a beautiful theme too.
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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2018, 02:29:08 PM »

1. You can't tell which but my starter preference for future is adapta, numix
    gtk3-engines-xfce is incomplete & break gtk3 layout apps on xfce.
2. Default
3. elementary-xfce-icon-theme
    I never feel right with any flat icon themes I can't recognize without original app icon logo.
    elementary-xfce-icon-theme is skeptical & just right. Any distro that doesn't have this icon
    I'd stay away from them.
4. Standard bottom panel. 
    I can't make stick figure fighting animation on desktop without bottom panel to stand.
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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2018, 06:17:06 PM »
Long time no see, Sapphire! How have you been? Sorry... did not mean to hijack this thread! LOLz
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Re: Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 09:32:50 AM »
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Long time no see, Sapphire! How have you been? Sorry... did not mean to hijack this thread! LOLz

Hello Spartry, Long time no see I'm fine.
I'm raising Xubuntu 18.04 & Debian Xfce 9.0 like twins.
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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2019, 05:40:41 PM »
I'm setting up a playlist of videos to watch about theming xfce.  I'm just curious if any of you would know of a good way to make the xfce panel look 3D instead of flat.

What Icons sets are 3D looking?  Doesn't seem like there is an abundance of them.

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I'm Impressed!  That Spatry video does look like that the kind of control I want to have over the themes.  I wonder if that can be made to work on the ubuntu based distros. 

The other videos seems to be way over my head.  I'm not that artistic.

Here is what one of my desktops currently looks like:

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Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2019, 09:42:09 PM »
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I'm setting up a playlist of videos to watch about theming xfce.  I'm just curious if any of you would know of a good way to make the xfce panel look 3D instead of flat.

What Icons sets are 3D looking?  Doesn't seem like there is an abundance of them.









you can use any panel image you like, you just have to specify it in the panel settings menu. (It's possible that it needs to be placed in a certain folder, I'm not sure as I haven't tried using an image for the panel)

You would need to find the image you like, say the panel from some other DE that you like, and save the image to the right folder for XFCE, then open the panel settings and choose the image you have instead of a color. Note that if you image is not as long as the panel, XFCE will stretch it to fit whatever length you specify (it doesn't have to cross the entire screen)

I would imagine you could even make a panel that isn't square edged, but you might need to determine what color XFCE uses for "transparent" (not sure if it uses "windows ugly magenta" for that or not)

If you can't actually get the image by downloading it or extracting it from another DE, you can simply take a screenshot of it.
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Re: Re: What are your tips for modernising XFCE?
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you can use any panel image you like, you just have to specify it in the panel settings menu. (It's possible that it needs to be placed in a certain folder, I'm not sure as I haven't tried using an image for the panel)

You would need to find the image you like, say the panel from some other DE that you like, and save the image to the right folder for XFCE, then open the panel settings and choose the image you have instead of a color. Note that if you image is not as long as the panel, XFCE will stretch it to fit whatever length you specify (it doesn't have to cross the entire screen)

I would imagine you could even make a panel that isn't square edged, but you might need to determine what color XFCE uses for "transparent" (not sure if it uses "windows ugly magenta" for that or not)

If you can't actually get the image by downloading it or extracting it from another DE, you can simply take a screenshot of it.

I played around with that.  I took a screen shot of the Title Bar (Window Boarder)  The only thing I could get it to do is display an Image.   Then I couldn't use the transparency.  But I like a little transparency on the panel and on the window title bar.