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Make default KDE theme greenish, to match whole system

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openSUSE 12.1
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We really need to make default KDE theme green, to match whole system greenish appearance. It's involves just two steps: make default green icon set (like
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Oxygen-Refit+2+-+Green+Version?content=84683 ) and make default green colours (like
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Ordinary+Green?content=107944 )

Edit: Added it for 12.2, as it is incomplete in 12.1. While root now have pretty green theme, users still get default KDE-blue.

Edit: I've finally finished icon theme. Based on Oxygen, it mostly differs in green folder icons. It can be downloaded at
KDE-look or

Edit: Updated version with some fixes can be downloaded at above links. Now it's also available at
Build Service for 1-click install.

User benefit:

It's kinda ugly when you have blue icons and colours in otherwise green system. Also blue is highly overused nowadays - remember default themes in windows, from 95 to latest 7, in all mac os x, and in tons of other linux distributions.


icons/user_comment.png m. s. wrote: (6 years ago)

Yes, that is great idea. I also wanted to submit it. Gnome version of openSUSE has its great Sonar theme, while KDE desktop always sticks with blue Oxygen. Changing colour scheme to this from description would be good (I also changed my color scheme to that), changing icons too. openSUSE was and will be green ;) Have a lot of fun! :)

icons/user_comment.png B. M. wrote: (6 years ago)


I created Ordinary Green, and I fully agree that openSUSE shouldn't use the default blue KDE colors. (Thank you for taking my color scheme as an example! :-) )
For icons though, too much green might make it look unprofessional. There might be a point for using green instead of blue folder icons. Take Mint, for example: I think they (used to) go a little too far on greenifying everything (now they use Faenza for most things, which looks real nice). No problem with a few good accents of green on those awesome Oxygen icons though.

icons/user_comment.png m. s. wrote: (6 years ago)

I created another color scheme, which we could use in KDE. It is based on Sonar from GNOME. More details on my blog here: http://my.opera.com/miki100/blog/2011/06/05/sonar-color-scheme-for-kde

icons/user_comment.png m. m. wrote: (6 years ago)

All green?

It would be a consistent style, but ... it could be a little bit to much.
Green and blue is as combination quite o.k.
You know blue make you be stay in freedom. Very good when the system is not so smooth working.

icons/user_comment.png m. s. wrote: (6 years ago)

OK, maybe my color scheme is a bit too green, but Benjamin Misja's Ordinary Green fits openSUSE much better than default KDE colors, because now only wallpaper is green. Of course please don't think that I'm obsessed with green color ;) . I only don't understand why we can't change default blue colors to green.

icons/user_comment.png D. E. wrote: (6 years ago)

All Green!!

There simply can't be "too much" consistency. The design is consistent or it isn't. Like with OpenSUSE, where GNOME theme is very well done, polished and consistent and KDE theme is default, which simply doesn't integrates with GRUB, BootSplash and KDM themes and fall apart. If you like blue and it makes you feel something, it is your personal preference, but for me blue is killingly boring - any feelings is subjective. What is objective is that "blue is highly overused". Take default theme of any Windows version - from Windows 95 to upcoming Windows 8 they are all-blue. Take default theme of almost any Mac OS X version - from Pre X to upcoming 10.7 Lion they are all-blue. Take default theme of almost any Linux distribution - they are all-blue. OpenSUSE NEEDS as good, polished and consistent default KDE theme as it already have in GNOME. Besides being visually pleasing it will allow OpenSUSE to stand-out from other blue-faced distribution twins.

icons/user_comment.png M. C. wrote: (5 years ago)

totally agree!

icons/user_comment.png A. K. wrote: (5 years ago)

Green Power!

icons/user_comment.png F. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

This was a huge thing to overlook in openSUSE KDE, even as far back as 11.2! GNOME has the green Sonar theme and icon set, which gives a look of professionalism, branding, and consistency; yet for some reason KDE (the jewel of openSUSE) uses the vanilla theme and icon set?

I use the Ordinary Green 2 theme, linked above. It's one of the first things I installed on my openSUSE KDE systems. I also use some sort of green icon set.

If openSUSE GNOME version is tricked out in sexy green, why not KDE as well? I was going to make a feature request myself, but I was pleased to know this was already requested!

How come this says "Done" for openSUSE 12.1? I installed 12.1 KDE on a test machine, and it uses the vanilla blue theme with blue icons.

When implemented, this should also apply to the root user as well, so when launching Yast or the package manager, the same green theme will be used. This is better than seeing the blue theme when running root tasks.

icons/user_comment.png F. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

I should add though that the color theme should be tested to make sure it does no hinder readability or act funky with certain applications. For example, there are some black KDE color themes that make the address bar for web browsers unreadable. I doubt Ordinary Green 2 has these issues, but it's better to verify than to assume in this case!

Oh... and the web site is green for heaven's sake! If that isn't a good enough reason, I don't know what is.

icons/user_comment.png F. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

Ordinary Green 2 was just updated 10 minutes ago to Ordinary Green 3!

Here are the changes:
- New shade green
- Finally adopted the darker grey of Oxygen default (used to be that of Oxygen Cold
- Some optimizations regarding details like title bar and link colors


icons/user_comment.png B. M. wrote: (5 years ago)

Yes, I was inspired by your comments here to finally post the version that I had been testing with openSUSE 11.4 for months. Thanks for the advertisement! :-) It's really nice to hear that you liked version 2 so much. How do you like the new green? Anything that's not working?

icons/user_comment.png F. S. wrote: (5 years ago)

Thank you for your work on this essential KDE color theme! I did indeed love version 2, and I just tried out version 3 on my openSUSE 11.4 system. Your version 3's green hues lean more towards an aqua tint, which perfectly matches openSUSE 11.4 default wallpaper. I really love the smoothness of it (not as "forced green" as version 2.) I used version 3 on Opera, Firefox, and Chrome, and so far I have found no readability or consistency issues.

Of course, ironically, version 2 (not 3) matches openSUSE 12.1 more closely, since 12.1 doesn't have an aqua-like green wallpaper. That's why I think version 2 is a better match for openSUSE 12.1.

This is only my opinion:
I love both versions equally (and will use version 3 on my 11.4 computer.) They are very, very well done and look like you've put much thought and effort into them, unlike some other color themes out there. Even though version 2 matches openSUSE 12.1 better, I'd still rather use version 3 over the plain, boring vanilla KDE blue theme.

Since you made these color themes for openSUSE, perhaps you can have two versions at the same time, for the two currently supported openSUSE versions? (E.g, now it would be Ordinary Green 11.4 and 12.1, later it would be Ordinary Green 12.1 and 12.2.) That might be too much work, and I don't want you to stress it. In the end, your color theme is what openSUSE KDE needs desperately by default. It looks nice, it's polished, and it breaks us free from the boring and inconsistent blue KDE.

Thank you so much again for your work!

icons/user_comment.png W. W. wrote: (5 years ago)

Perhaps the Sonar icon theme can be used in openSUSE KDE as the default, more or less like this-
http://flic.kr/p/aMwnMn . Or something like Linux Mint's version of the Elementary icon theme-
http://flic.kr/p/aMwoJ4 .

icons/user_comment.png K. A. wrote: (5 years ago)

I think the icon theme is very good! But, the color so-so... and need work.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (5 years ago)

Indeed, the Oxygen Green icons contribute a lot of intense color, which is due to green being perceived brighter. As such, the color needs to be more muted, i.e. gray added/saturation decreased. Like it's done in the Ordinary Green theme. Both are great, but need to be combined to be greatest.

(N.B.: be sure to have your monitor sRGB-calibrated)

icons/user_comment.png F. S. wrote: (4 years ago)

Guys, what's going on? The latest screenshots of openSUSE 12.2 RC show the same boring vanilla blue KDE theme; yet the GNOME version has a green theme!
The hard work has already been done. An excellent green KDE theme is available from KDE-look.org, which can quickly be adopted as the default theme for KDE. (Just read the comments above.) Why, even up to 12.2, is openSUSE neglecting the KDE desktop when it comes to a consistent theme to match everything else? It's like no one cares anymore.

It's disappointing to see this continue happen.

icons/user_comment.png R. W. wrote: (4 years ago)

There is some good news on this front. The new openSUSE KDE community team is now working on a new plasma theme with corresponding color scheme. This would bring a better openSUSE touch to the KDE desktop.

We are planning to bring this as the new default openSUSE branding for KDE in 12.3. Stay tuned.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (4 years ago)

excellent news, thank you.

icons/user_comment.png H. S. wrote: (4 years ago)
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