I'm looking for a good simple basic old-fashioned practical productivity-focussed theme.
I do truly appreciate having an OS, including a desktop and apps, that is all free.
I hope this question doesn't come across badly, I'm just frustrated.
I've just upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04 directly using the desktop software updater.
All went smoothly except my desktop was messed up.
So I went to --
System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Appearance -- and found that I couldn't have my custom theme 'Ambient MATE with Atlanta borders' because Atlanta is no longer available. And Ambient seems to have changed.
My problem / request for help
After many attempts at choosing themes and customizing them, I still cannot create a comfortably usable desktop. From all of the failed attempts, I've put together a list of requirements. Can I have this?
- Running application buttons (the buttons you click to show that particular window) that have white text on a dark background,
not light grey text with a dark border on a light grey background (who would 'design' that?).
- Toolbar icons (eg the one that lets me control speaker volume) with good contrast,
not dark grey on black.
Settingswith a gap between,
not all squashed together
ApplicationsPlacesSettings(yes, some themes do this too).
- Nice, old-fashioned, comfortably large window border controls: underscore, big square, big X;
not any of the other art-house options such as three blobs with no icons.
- A scrollbar on things that are scrollable
(choices in some themes have me totally baffled)
- Good size window borders so that I can grab them with the mouse to resize a window.
Actually it's not the size of the border that's the issue, it's the grab range --- 3 pixels from off to on to off again is too small and is extremely frustrating.
I have tried clicking the 'Get more themes online' link. The page shows two options:
GTK 2.x themes and
GTK 3.x themes. Great, so which? Why doesn't the link button know which set to send me to?
And, regardless of that, I'd rather just pick an installed theme and go.
I feel like I've just moved into a new 'furnished' office and, before I can get on with any of the huge pile of work I have, I'm being forced to choose new curtains and make my own chair!
I understand that some aspects of a desktop come from the desktop manager and some from the windows manager, etc, etc. But is it not possible to have one simple app that has all the options in it? So the user can just click and set the options required. Instead of having to choose a theme and then try, in vain, to customize it without enough options to change what needs to be changed. I'm sure things used to be more customizable a few years ago.