New Default Theme for Phoenix

Tuesday December 24th, 2002

Arvid Axelsson's Qute is now the default theme in Phoenix, replacing the previous Orbit-derived skin. The transition to the new theme is mostly complete but a few changes still need to be made. The new default theme isn't in the latest builds yet, but here's a screenshot of Qute in the most recent nightly to give you an idea of what it will look like. Follow the thread in the Phoenix Themes forum for more details.

Update! The latest Windows nightly now features the new default theme.

Another Update! The latest Linux builds now also feature Qute as the default theme.

#63 Re: I don't like it

by diabelek

Saturday April 12th, 2003 11:55 PM

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I would like to argue two (short) points for not using Qute as the default theme.

1) Its not original. I don't know about anyone else but looking at the screenshots all that I can think of is Internet Explorer. The back, forward, stop, home, print and bookmarks (or should i say favorites?) are more or less identical to IE. I know this sounds like an anti-MS arguement but please don't take it that way. I do think the artwork is good but I would like to see phoenix be a destinct browser instead of mimicing another browser. You don't generate brand loyalty by mimicing another product do you?

2) I agrea with sremic on the fact that it is to "cartoonish." I would also like to point out that the theme doesn't work well (visually) in other OSes. XP (by default) is the only os that I think that theme really "works" in (gnome is only a sorta). I think something more simplistic or original would be more suited for phoenix since it needs to work on various platforms. While not a big fan of Mozilla's default theme, I think using that would be more appropriate than using Qute (still want something a little more simple). Note that Phoenix is a derivative of Mozilla (and now a replacement, correct me if i'm wrong) and so using its theme would not be mimicing another browser since they more or less are the same browsers. Also they are from the same company and so it would be a good idea to use the same theme to generate more brand loyalty.

Ultimately I think the designers need to ask the people what they would like for the skin. Maybe I've missed it, but I have never seen a voting option on the site for the favorite skin.

I would personally like to see skin that works well in plain jane X11. If you've used NCR/AT&T Unix or cygwin, that's the environment i'm talking about.

Thats about all I have to say so post and correct any of my ranting. I always love to be criticted/corrected. but please ignore typos... i'm really tired right now :) Nightty Night