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fill bug reports!

Everything starts with a good idea or a bug report. Someone asked for an app icon for claws mail (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=371914) and Jens Reuterberg make one. As I don’t think that every application need an breeze specific app icon, I’m look more for a consistent look of the applications so I made an claws breeze icon theme. You can download the icon pack from the claws webpage and dont’t forget to give me feedback cause I don’t use claws.

claws-mail

So if you think there is an application which need to be breezified, fill a bug report. This doesn’t mean I will fix it (in my spare time), but there is a chance.

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Your most wanted icon set for KDE

Hi,

I did a lot of work for breeze icons and l think it fits the kde desktop, gnome core and libreoffice very well.

But kde mean community, customization, open for 3rd party. So I would like to help icon designers to ship there icon sets for kde or libreoffice. I don’t want to start a new icon set. I’d like to help open source designers to ship there awesome work for kde.

Are you an icon designer and need help? Are you a user and want to have a better integration of your favorite icon set? Are you an app developer and your app wasn’t supported with breeze icons.

Leave a comment, for a better open source experience.

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Breeze mimetype WIP

Here are some results of the breeze-icon mimetype redesign. As you can see we make use of your feedback.

mimetype-update

What is still missing? The archive, vector graphic images and virtualbox icons will get some love. After the shapes are finished Alex will work on the colors and gnastyle on the MS Office icons.

Be part of it

git clone:https://github.com/kde/breeze-icons
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Breeze icons got gnome support

I forget to blog that the breeze icon set get full gnome support. You can test it with the upcomming plasma 5.8 release. Don`t forget to test the beta and fill bug report.

95% of the awesome gnome icon set adwaita are available in breeze. The missing ones I didn`t know where they were used or they are needed only in a gnome session.

Plasma open for 3rd party apps to support the best experience for the user.

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Mimetype updates

secondary title: see how open source work

Starting point

My first contribution to kde and breeze-icons were the mimetype icons. I’ll ask Uri Herrera for help and he get my mentor. After some iteration I come from really ugly mimetype icons to the fancy new ones.

mimetypesold

I think they look really awesome but they had some usability issues. All background shapes are the same and the center element isn’t that visible at the initial look. But as they look awesome nobody changed something (there are a lot of icons). But from time to time I get feedback from the users via the VDG forum, bugs.kde.org or g+ that an usability improvement would be good.

Improvement

But why do you want to change something that look awesome only cause of usability. The design guidelines from breeze icons say show only stuff that is importend. So have always the same background mean remove it cause it’s not importend.

mimetypesempty

And here we are. The simple paper shape were updated by different styles depending on the file type. What do you think? Usability improvement, yes or no? Did you know the file type according to the icon?

mimetypes

Awesomeness

This is the first third draft of the mimetype update. I think it’s an usability improvement and it look good, but to look awesome I need the power of Open Source and the VDG. One person can make nice stuff, but work together will make your work awesome. So Alex L. and Gnastyle are now working on polishing the stuff.

Of course you can join, or you can have a look how it work to improve things. Clone the breeze-icon repositor, update them (once a day) and you will see how things change. And of course don’t forget to give feedback, cause without feedback I didn’t start this change.

 

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Rainbow Folders

Breeze Icons follow the colorscheme that’s not new but now the folder icons also follow the color scheme.

That’s how it look like with the breeze color scheme

breeze

as you can see there is no difference between the old and new folder icons but if you play with different color schemes in the color setting, …

folderIcons

you see there openSUSE, Manjaro, Krita, Ubuntu, Elementary, Arch Dark and any other style you would design by yourself. So don’t stop playing with your plasma desktop, it’s designed for your flavor.

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boot 25 % faster

My machine isn’t that fast, but I can improve the boot time for the plasma desktop up to 25%.

How, it’s simple turn of ksplash.

from plymouth to ksplash to the plasma desktop (movie)

 8 sec plymouth (linux boot time) 
11 sec ksplash 
4 sec desktop is finished
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23 sec (1/3 for linux 2/3 for plasma)

from plymouth to the plasma desktop (movie)

8 sec plymouth (linux boot time) 
11 sec desktop is finished 
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19 sec (42% for linux 58% for plasma)

So with ksplash the computer need 15 sec to start plasma without it need 11 sec (-27 %) but the god thing is that it looks even faster cause I see plasma instantly after the login and as you can see in the lined movies the desktop flickering is also visible with ksplash. To be honest I like the deskop flickering, cause I see how plasma work.

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