This is the first post in what I hope to be a series which highlights the best themes out there for GNOME (GTK, Emerald, GNOME Icons). There are a couple of good sites to find themes, however they don’t do a very good job highlighting the themes that are really worthwile. There are so many to look at, and the ratings aren’t all that accurate. Also, for the most part, everything out there is so piecemeal. Granted, it’s nice being able to pick and chose every element of your desktop, but it’s nice to find themes that work well together.
My first theme package contains a very nice GTK theme by freakcode at deviantART. The theme is based on the Aurora engine, which in my opinion is the nicest looking engine out there. It is very well put together. All of the details are really well done. The progress bars are animated and I love all of the rounded edges. Have a look:
I like the fact that it’s not too dark, but it’s not so bright that it’s hard to look at. The icon pack is called Elementary, by DanRabbit again at deviantART. It’s a macish looking icon pack that is really well done. The icons are svg based so no matter the size they look fantastic. Here’s a look at some of the icons, it should give you a good idea of the quality.
Lastly, the emerald theme I have included in this pack is called Aero-Aqua mix. Let it be known that I am not a fan of Vista, or Microsoft for that matter. But this theme does a good job of taking two different looks and combining them into something that looks really nice. It gives Emerald / Compiz a chance to show off its blur and transparency effects. Props to the guys that created these themes.
This is what I am currently using for my desktop. All of these themes really come together well and create a very impressive look. I am always looking for something better, when I find another combination that works well I will write another one of these hogs.