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Sunday, September 24th 2006, 1:02am

why KDE so ugly

hi! i like to use KDE because it is future full.
but why it is so ugly. i mean they have so huge button. and so crude scroller..

i trust KDE groups
thanks for your work
but pleas make KDE little elegant

thanks again..

This post has been edited 2 times, last edit by "fgenc" (Sep 24th 2006, 1:04am)



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Sunday, September 24th 2006, 10:01am

RE: why KDE so ugly

Because you find KDE ugly, it doesn't mean KDE is ugly. You're aware that you can theme every single bit of the desktop? Think of window borders, the widget style, colors and the appearance of the panel. Just have a look in the Control Center under Appeareance & Themes.
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Sunday, September 24th 2006, 11:48am

RE: why KDE so ugly

i know that's all. i try too. But try to make your window small

i am sure you use firefox
look the button and tools of firefox compire it with KDE window.
firefox have bette lines than KDE

i dont need to style firefox. i know that both have themen.


Friday, September 29th 2006, 9:23pm

my destination was to like to focus kde people at the kde dizayn


Sunday, October 1st 2006, 2:22am

I guess he was talking about KDE's default theme obviously. I also agree that KDE is ugly and it needs to be finer, with everything cleaner, smaller (buttons, icons, borders, etc...)


Sunday, October 1st 2006, 2:34am

general KDE themes have to big button and fonts
how ever the font's size can optimized.



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Sunday, October 1st 2006, 3:23am

The question is: what is really KDE's default theme? More often than not, the "default" look that KDE has depends on distro to distro. Kubuntu has a different default KDE look than MEPIS or Mandriva or PCLinuxOS. Sometimes, it's really down to the distributor's preferences.
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Sunday, October 1st 2006, 3:25am

may be you are right
i use debian
debian have general so ugly colors too :)


Sunday, October 1st 2006, 3:58am

Whatever distro you use, KDE still has thick borders, large buttons and everything is not refined as a whole.

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "calande" (Oct 1st 2006, 3:59am)


Saturday, October 14th 2006, 10:11pm

why is it that i have everything nice and compact now then :)

as said, you can change every bit of the desktop.

i had a full mac os clone :)

just, for starters, install kwin-baghira.
That's one nice start.

the look around on and stuff.

my linux looks great! :)



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Thursday, November 9th 2006, 4:43am

:)I can only reinforce what bram85 suggests, you have the flexibility to alter every part of the desktop (via Control Center > Appearance & Themes, AND, via Control Center > Desktop).

Also, if you're using Firefox as a browser, you can adjust it's behaviour and appearance (via Edit > Preferences).

KDE is very flexible in terms of its appearance.

Customise to your requirements !!
Remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. :)



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Thursday, November 9th 2006, 10:05am


Originally posted by calande
Whatever distro you use, KDE still has thick borders, large buttons and everything is not refined as a whole.

I totally agree with cecram above.

I use FC5 and CentOS 4 now, both with KDE 3.5.x. I don't see any think borders or large buttons on my desktop at all. :)

I don't mean to say KDE is perfect. It's probably not. One of the great things about KDE, though, is it's highly customizable. KDE comes with many different themes (i.e. decorations). If none of them suit you, you can find good third-party themes from places like

I've been using KDE for over 4 years. I have tried Xfce and Gnome, but neither of them lets me customize the desktop that way KDE does. :)
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This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "daihard" (Nov 9th 2006, 10:07am)