... To actually install and smoke-test some of the configuration changes and theming I’ve been doing with e16. (And I don't mean glancing at the screenshots and pontificating. I mean get down and dirty in the trenches ... and try
I was going to wait to roll this out until I had the docs done, but that's gonna take a while, and some constructive feedback on the rest will help that, too.
If you choose to participate, you’ll have to install e16 on F20 via the normal repos. The version you should end up with will be 1.0.14. Version 1.0.11 will work just as well. If you’re running a different distro and release other than fedora 20, I can’t guarantee things will be in expected places. I suppose I could chase that rabbit later on. Or not. Seriously, if you're that
interested, you really should be willing to run that one to ground yourself. Also note that this theme is completely
There will be some presumed dependencies. I may miss one or two, but these should be the bulk of them. If you hit a snag, post below and I’ll see if I can figure out what I’ve missed or fat-fingered.
For the purposes of this thread/tutorial there will be some nominal ...
- <....>Items marked with a caution symbol need careful attention.
- <....>Items marked with a stop sign should not be done.
- <....>Items marked with a question mark are items subject to personal discretion and taste.
Mandatory Cautions and Warnings
- Make back up copies of any and all files and folders you'll be working with before you edit or replace them. I will only mention this once. After that, you are on your own.
- Caveat Emptor. Install and use this at your own risk. It works for me, but your results may vary.
- The current documentation in e16 is badly out of date. It was written around version 0.6.x, and the version in the fedora repos is 1.0.14. I am updating that documentation as I go, but it's a rather tedious work in progress.
- If you're not overly fond of the color blue, this will never be a favorite for you.
- If you don't like a certain amount of, “Tzing!” (kinda like, “Bling”, only in silver) in your themes, you might want to give this one a pass.
- At least one operation listed here may effect other DE/WMs. It will be marked as such. But remember, this is all just a bunch of inconvenienced electrons, so I recommend trying it at least once, and then reverting the change before (s)logging back into that other Gnormal fedora desktop environment. If you don't use that other Gnasty thing, and you like the added color ... meh. I'd just leave the change there until you find a real good reason to reverse it. It does have the singular benefit of returning the scrollbar arrow controls to Firefox etc. Sadly, not for Gnome-centric apps, though. They've thoroughly broken those in the warp and woof.
- e16 (natch! <....> )
- complete DejaVu font set
- thunar and/or pcmanfm
- at least one normal polkit authentication agent provider (for sake of argument, I built the script file on gnome. Not a favorite, but most folks already have it installed.)
There may well be more. Check for edits to this post and thread bumping updates.
Existing files we will be editing, and how:
- /etc/sudoers -- edited <....> <....> This one just makes life easier. If you aren't going to run this DE/WM other than to try it, you can skip this step.
- /home/(your user name)/.gkrellm2/themes/ -- addition
- /usr/share/cairo-clock/themes/ -- replaced
- /home/(your user name)/.e16 -- replaced
- /usr/share/themes/adwaita/gtk2.0 -- replaced <....>
- /usr/share/e16/pix -- replaced
- /usr/share/e16/E-docs -- replaced
I will attach/linked several files to this thread. You will need them to complete the smoke-test package. They are as follows:
gkrellm-theme.zip >>>-----> Provided here http://forums.fedoraforum.org/attach...2&d=1363753594
cairo-clock-theme.zip-replacement >>>-----> Provided in the linked file (in root directory)
user-home-e16-directory-replacement >>>----> Provided in the linked file (it is
the attached file)
adwaita-default-gtk2.0-replacement >>>-----> Provided in the linked file (in root directory)
global-e16-pix-replacement >>>------> Provided in the linked file (pix folder)
global-e16-dox-replacement >>>------> Provided in the linked file (E-docs folder)
Please remember this is a work in progress. It's very likely you'll hit a bump or two. I've tried to anticipate most of them, but that's just not the way things work in this universe. Otherwise, there would be no such thing as “bug Reports”.
It's also something that maybe fifty people will ever see, a half dozen will actually try, maybe only two will ever use. I realize that. But I'm putting it up here anyway. Such is the nature and arrogance of open source. If the Gnome-Gnuts can do it ... so can I. <..
*You can use nautilus/caja IF you start them (from a terminal or menu) with the "--no-desktop" switch.
- An installed copy of e16
- A working non-Gnome* file manager (Thunar/PCmanFM etc.)
- A terminal
- Some basic terminal skills.
- Root/sudo Access
The Sterling Sapphire Theme:
The Gkrellm2 theme:
The GTK-2.0 theme: (Supplied in the main zip file.)
Again, before this is all over we will be replacing or editing or adding files in the following directories.
You cannot make these changes from within e16!
/home/(your home directory)/.e16 (entire directory)
/home/(your home directory)/.gkrellm2/themes/
You must log out of e16 (existing) and either settle down for some serious work in another tty, runlevel one, or do the file shuffling and editing from within another DE.
Don't miss this first step.
: Either from GUI or terminal, (BUT NOT FROM WITHIN e16) rename your (in your home directory -- hidden) .e16 folder to, "BU-e16." (Sans the quote marks.)
Now unpack the entire replacement directory into:
/home/(your home directory)/
It will directly replace the .e16 directory which was there moments before. (You should now have a [/home/(your home folder)/.e16], and a [/home/(your home folder)/BU-e16] This is not a problem. That's exactly what we want.)
Locate the Gkrellm2 theme in your new .e16 folder, and unpack it into:
/home/(your home directory)/.gkrellm2/themes/
The next two steps are optional, and may have consequences for your Gnome sessions. Both are quite easily reversible, but if in doubt, skip these two steps.
..> As root: Open a file browser and drill down to:
Rename the existing "gtk-2.0" folder to "BU-gtk-2.0".
..> Unpack the new gtk-2.0 theme into
thus replacing the original, but leaving the backup folder intact.
..> (As root) Drill down to: /etc/sudoers, and make the following edits: (This is optional. It simplifies things, such as allowing Yumex to run unfettered). <..
# Defaults requiretty
## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL
## Same thing without a password
%wheel ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
Locate the replacement cairo-clock default theme file, and as root, drill down to:
and rename and replace the "default" folder with the new one.
So ... if nothing went wrong, it's time to start ...
Lighting off the burners
Once all that is done, it's time! Double check you've got everything in the right places, then log out of whatever DE you're in, and log in/Start e16 from the GDM menu. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Choose the naked "e16" item, not
one with Gnome or KDE in the name. <..
If all went according to plan, after a few seconds the window bars should part unto your snazzy new e16 bling-top
. I'll let you figure out how to change the theme in Gkrellm and Cairo-clock. (Insert the gkrellm into your home directory .gkrellm2 folder if you haven't already. The cairo-clock needs to go in /usr/share/cairo-clock/themes.)
For right now, though, let me guide you to the other stuff you may need or want.
In a file browser (Thunar is my choice) surf into:
and note two files of interest.
Pretty much follow the breadcrumbs from there. Click on READ_ME_FIRST
, and that should bring you up to speed on the rest.
The HELP link is also clickable, and is not finished yet. It's all the new documentation edits I've completed so far, but it is NOT finished. Be prepared for some kinda funky things in there. <..
So that's about it. I've used serif fonts because with my eyes, I can see them best. There's instructions in the READ_ME_FIRST to change that to taste, or just hit the last e16 intro thread I did and follow the bread crumbs there. If that's TL;DR, try this:
Drill in to: [.e16/themes/sterling-sapphire/] and rename "fonts.theme.config" to "BU-fonts.theme.config", and then rename "fonts.config" to "fonts.theme.config".
Then hit "Restart" from the left click menu (anywhere on the desktop). Two to four seconds later, you should have sans-serif fonts.
Have fun exploring your choices. That's a whole lot of what Linux is all about.