"Borealis" sound theme
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KDE Sound theme "Borealis"
Version 0.9a (11/14/2004)
by Ivica Ico Bukvic (SlipStreamScapes)
ico at bukvic dot net
http://ico.bukvic.net
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=12584


OVERVIEW
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The goal of this sound theme is to provide "better feel" through use of the subtle aural notifications. The test I always have in my mind while designing the desktop sounds is to imagine having half-dozen (or more) computer stations in the same office or studio and consider whether their simultaneous use (and resulting desktop sounds) would pose as distraction on users and their productivity. Therefore, in order to minimize the "distraction factor" this theme associates many of the common desktop events with brief, mostly non-pitched, but nonetheless pleasing sound sources (a.k.a. effects).

All of the sounds included have been composed (if applicable), recorded, and mastered by me (although a few of them bear resemblance to other OS's sounds). Some of them are leftovers from my previous compositional and production endeavors, while others are entirely new creations.

All sounds are designed and mixed at CD-quality (stereo, 16-bit, 44.1KHz). Ogg version is distributed as 192Kbit stereo files.

Thank you for your interest!


LICENSE
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See below.


FEATURES
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*Includes sounds for:
*KDE WM
*KDE System Notifications
*Kdevelop
*Kopete
*KDE Sysguard
*KMail
*Konsole
*Proxy configuration
*K3b (missing 1 sound)
*4 startup sounds
*2 exit sounds
*Automated installer and uninstaller (KDE 3.x)

INSTALL
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IMPORTANT! installer has been tested only with KDE 3.x series.

Borealis comes with an automated install shellscript making the install a simple 2-step process:

1) Untar the package:
tar -jxvf Borealis_sound_theme-VERSION.tar.bz2

2) Install the theme:
cd Borealis/
su -p
(IMPORTANT! You must do 'su' with the '-p' flag in order to preserve your home dir variable while running as superuser)
sh install.sh

At this point simply follow the on-screen instructions and in a couple moments it should be all ready to go.

Optionally, you may also want to disable animation of minimizing/restoring windows as the theme sounds associated with these actions in my opinion work better when the animation is disabled. You can adjust this setting in the KControl -> LookNFeel -> Window Behavior -> Moving tab -> Animate minimize and Restore option.


UNINSTALL
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To uninstall Borealis theme simply use the uninstall.sh script included in the tarball:

sh uninstall.sh

Your votes, comments, and suggestions are most welcome and appreciated. Thanks!

Enjoy!
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SlipStreamScapes

10 years ago

Thank you very much for your kind words and compliments.

To answer your question, yes, there is a new version in the works. Although at this point I would prefer not to make any promises as to when the next release will be ready, other than it is my hope that it will be sometime "soon."

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Ico

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kenhead93

10 years ago

Nice sounds, I really like them... But the Startup and Exit sounds are way too long, and that's a shame :|

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lupine

10 years ago

cool i love it :)

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tuxcayc

10 years ago

HI!

good job! i remembered the new startup sound... it seems that your sounds are included in some linux distros.

bye

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SlipStreamScapes

10 years ago

Many thanks for your interest in "Borealis." I must admit that I am intrigued by your comment. Do you mind telling me which distros are actually using my theme? Please feel free to e-mail me off-list if you like.

Many thanks!

Best wishes,

Ico

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azaghal

11 years ago

The only reason I registered was because I wanted to tell you how good job you have done. PLEASE, add some more sounds!

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miga

11 years ago

I like very much that sounds, but i have a doubt, How can i restore my old system sounds?

Great job, and thanks

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SlipStreamScapes

11 years ago

Hi,

You should be able to simply go into the KDE control center and under system alerts press "Default" for all of the altered categories. That ought to do it.

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Ico

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SlipStreamScapes

10 years ago

The aforementioned fix is in the case the uninstall script that is provided with the package proves for whatever reason not to work. If latter happens to be the case, I would appreciate it if you would please inform me, so that I can make appropriate fixes.

Best wishes,

Ico

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spktkpkt

11 years ago

great sounds...keep them comming!

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Malax

11 years ago

I love it! Keep up the good work! :)

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decept

11 years ago

Any plans to add more sounds?
Need more of this cosmic aural delight!

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SlipStreamScapes

11 years ago

Yes! There are definitely plans to expand the collection, it's just a matter of finding time to do so. (-: It is my hope to have 1.0 version ready in the next couple of weeks, but I won't make any promises...

Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement, though!

Best wishes,

Ico

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ssuuddoo

11 years ago

hi, could you help me with downloading of your theme? -

I always get an error that the page does not exist and am not able to go the homepage too.

If U have the time, just send it on my email. (ssuuddoo@gmail.com)

thnx

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athleston

11 years ago

sounds have an ugly sound like echos on my system, dunno if its just me?

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SlipStreamScapes

11 years ago

Hi,

Can you please be a bit more specific? Is this only with the ogg files or both wavs and oggs? If it is only an ogg issue, then it is likely something with your system setup. Otherwise, you may be talking about the reverberation that has been applied to the mix in order to make the sounds "warmer," Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for this either as it may be simply a matter of taste.

Thanks for your interest in the theme!

Best wishes,

Ico

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jonz

11 years ago

Hello, Just wondering if you have any support for debian based systems? Trying to intall on (K)ubuntu does not work.

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SlipStreamScapes

11 years ago

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in the "Borealis" sound theme!

I am actually also using Kubuntu and haven't had any problems. Could you please provide me with specific steps you did as well as any errors that may show up? Other info (i.e. which version etc.) is also helpful.

Best wishes,

Ico

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genjix

12 years ago

have you shortened the songs, because I like them being really long (maybe include long versions as well?)

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SlipStreamScapes

12 years ago

Hi, I actually haven't made any changes to existing sounds but there will be some new ones added hopefully soon.

Thanks for your interest!

Best wishes,

Ico

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SlipStreamScapes

12 years ago

Server is back up although strange noises are emanating from the HD so my guess is that it is on its last legs. Hence, grab the files while you can :-)

Hopefully, a new server will be set up soon.

Best wishes,

Ico

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SlipStreamScapes

12 years ago

Thanks all for your interest in "Borealis" sound theme. Unfortunately it seems that currently the university Linux server that is hosting this content is down. I am not sure whether this is due to university network issues or if the actual server is having problems. If the connection is not restored by tomorrow morning I will go check on the server.

In the meantime please accept my apologies for the inaccessibility of the content.

Best wishes,

Ico

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nego1620

12 years ago

Does this even work on gnome? Seems like a kde sound theme to me, odd that its on gnome-look.org.

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SlipStreamScapes

12 years ago

Well, I posted this on kde-look.org but ever since gnome-look.org has been added, the site apparently makes no distinction between KDE and Gnome sound themes. This is likely why you saw it on gnome-look.org as well.

That being said, there was someone who posted a comment here mentioning they adapted the theme to Gnome. Try looking through the post archive for more info. I did not add it to the package since they never provided me with the config file for Gnome.

Of course, I always welcome contributions if you are interested in assigning sounds with particular Gnome events (which in itself should not be too difficult) and e-mailing me the config file. This way you can help others also enjoy the theme on their desktop of choice.

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paenil1

12 years ago

I received the same msgs as johnnyICON, but the installation went ahead WITHOUT backing up the previous sound files. So therefore i couldn't run the uninstall script since it couldn't find any backup files.

Perhaps as a precaution, you should mention to backup the system sounds manually just to make sure.

Oh and another thing, my sound stopped working after i restart my computer. I logged in as different user and it works but now my previous account is un-usable since everytime i log in an error msg pops up over and over and freeze the whole thing. Sorry i couldn't get any more info for you on this but if it helps, I'm running SUSE 9.1 Personal Edition in case you want to try and test your sounds :).

I didn't really get to hear all the sound effects except for the error sound :). But it sounds good. Hope i can get it working later om.

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