Metrosuave
Beryl/Emerald Themes
Score 75%
Description:

Bring that Sexiness to It.
An Emerald theme for those looking for something with that modern, alpha blended look, yet distinctly Linux.
A few minimalist sensibilities like the subtler drop shadows, clean window title font, and light borders keep it from overpowering your desktop while tasteful touches of eye candy like the glowing buttons make it a pleasure to close any offending windows ;)

Like the GTK Theme?
The GTK theme, MurrinaMetrosuave is included in the archive. You'll need the Murrine engine installed to use it.
See http://www.cimitan.com/murrine/ , or check your distribution's package repository.

Like the Icons?
Somatic icons are linked below.

Like the Background?
Check out http://exoteric.roach.org/bg/index.html
You need to read the terms of service to get the password (seems to be generated every day).
Background shown is 'Scream' in this gallery:
http://exoteric.roach.org/bg/bgal36.html

Other Issues
If you're trying to unify the look of your KDE and Gnome apps there is an informative article here:
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Uniform_look_for_QT_and_GTK_apps
If you're using KDE, it may be difficult to make Firefox look like it does in the screenshot. You may be able to make Firefox jive with your current Qt theme, however.

Changelog
0.4 Added button glows, tweaked the look of the frame a bit.
Last changelog:

8 years ago

Because I haven't updated this in a while, I've added the PSD source file used to make the icons.

Feel free to mess around and make your own renditions of this theme. I'd appreciate some acknowledgment however!

The psd consists largely of vector layers and various non-destructive edits so you should get a lot of mileage out of it even if it's only to glean a few layer effect ideas.

The license has also changed to LGPL.

hamletv

9 years ago

My Synaptic Package Manager window and the Software Sources window don't get the GTK theme applied. If I change the theme to one of the pre-installed ones (Ubuntu 8.04) then they do get themed.

Any ideas on this?

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jithu2k1

8 years ago

Thats because they run as a different user (root)...Move your themes from /home/username/.themes to /usr/share/themes and all the windows would be themed.

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slower

8 years ago

Thanks for this tip. I was wondering the same thing as OP.

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alvanx

9 years ago

That looks like a really awesome theme! But how do I get murrine and the gtk theme to work?
Does murrine run on KDE?

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alvanx

9 years ago

Oh, I see! After the installation, you move the file gtkrc from the archive into /usr/share/themes/Qt/gtk-2.0/, replacing the existing file.
Got it figured out! :-)

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alvanx

9 years ago

...except the only window where it applies seems to be Mozilla Thunderbird. None of the other windows show the stripes, other than in the screenshot. Is there a trick?

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bundini

9 years ago

Not entirely sure how you go about installing GTK themes in KDE. In Ubuntu it's as simple as a drag-and-drop of the MurrinaMetrosuave.tar.gz archive into the theme selection window but that's using gnome as the desktop environment.

You've just stumbled upon one of the big annoyances of having competing desktop environments and their associated api's (GTK+ and Qt) - visual inconsistency. There isn't really a de-facto solution, but a quick google search yielded some possibilities:

http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/gtk-kde4?content=74689
http://gtk-qt.ecs.soton.ac.uk/screenshots.php

But these look to be aimed at making your GTK apps look like Qt apps - not installing GTK themes. In either case, your QT apps won't have the striped bars look (which is a Murrine thing).

Another option is:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=40492
Which provides a unified engine for both GTK and Qt apps. Again, won't look like the screenshot - so you'll have customize it independently to suit your tastes.

But in any case, Emerald is the same on either KDE or Gnome, so the sexy window decorations will continue to function and look the same.

Any other suggestions from KDE users?

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patel90

9 years ago

As in the preview, i am not getting those 45 degree lines that you u get on the top of firefox and other windows...
I have installed both, GTK and emerald theme...

The theme is super hot nevertheless. Loved it very much.

Thanks for the hard work. Really appreciated.

Here is the screenshot of my desktop with all the changes of ur pack..

http://gnome-look.org/CONTENT/content-files/78866-Screenshot.jpg

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bundini

9 years ago

I believe you may be missing the Murrine engine.

I've you've got Ubuntu, open up synaptic in administrative options, search for "murri" (not sure if it's 'ine or 'ina' ;)

Something relevant and self-evident should show up ;)

Otherwise, the author's website is: http://www.cimitan.com/murrine/

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patel90

9 years ago

Yep, got it working. It was murrine. Had to restart to see changes though.

Thanks again dude.

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jithu2k1

9 years ago

Hi,

I believe you forgot to package the emerald theme along with the gtk.

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bundini

9 years ago

Thanks for the heads up :)

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onyxrev

9 years ago

All I see in v.4 is a GTK theme but no Emerald theme. Perhaps you forgot to include it?

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thebinz

9 years ago

I really admire you subjects of study. ;)


"It's all real and it's all illusory:
that's Awareness!"
-Ram Dass

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bundini

9 years ago

Richard Alpert would've been a good tab to open up :)

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bundini

9 years ago

Oh and if you're into the psychedelic stuff that Shpongle album in the screenshot is worth checking out! Psychedelic electronic \ trance \ ambient.

Their logo had the honor of appearing along with Tool's and the Grateful Dead's in Alex Grey's 100th birthday painting for Hoffman - can't give the band a better endorsement than that ;)

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Jagmax

9 years ago

Finally someone came up with a theme that's not blue colored, or Vista-copy.

I was beginning to think that I was in a theme-park for the 'color-blind and 'vistally-disabled. :)

The Metrosuave theme is a nice compromise that's pleasing to the eyes without being so damn boring.

It’s quite a reprieve from all the rest of the billions and billions of (Carl Sagan here) billions upon billions of ‘mind-numbing blue and insipid 'Copy-Cat Vista themes that run rampant here in the Beryl Blue-ew Universe.

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sousuke

9 years ago

what murrina theme are you using?

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bundini

9 years ago

It is included in the zip - MurrinaMetrosuave.

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Arry2006

9 years ago

Just perfect! Thx!

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Contrast

9 years ago

Easily one of the most original Emerald themes I've seen in quite some time (great description too :-P ). Looks great, keep it up.

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bundini

9 years ago

It's a shame I accidentally lost that part of the description.

OTOH, we now have a beautiful mug of Cmdr. Riker.

Thanks for the positive encouragement!

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8 years ago

Because I haven't updated this in a while, I've added the PSD source file used to make the icons.

Feel free to mess around and make your own renditions of this theme. I'd appreciate some acknowledgment however!

The psd consists largely of vector layers and various non-destructive edits so you should get a lot of mileage out of it even if it's only to glean a few layer effect ideas.

The license has also changed to LGPL.

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