Nonnative apps may not use KDE icons for the task manager or tray, some apps have nonstandard desktop files, and some others have built-in icons. Nothing can be done for such apps in the theme.
30 Oct 2015
Changed and added some icons/symlinks (especially for use under LXQT).
> There are some missing icons
I'd be grateful if you give me their names. However, please be patient: most of my free time is dedicated to Kvantum and LXQT.
> I prefer yellow folders to see the difference between folders and files easily
I understand but nouveKDEGray is supposed to be a monochrome set (with some exceptions). It also has colored folder icons (yellow included), which you could use to distinguish special folders.
I'm glad you like the theme.
For an icon set, the "source" is usually the set itself. I made these icons by using various methods with Inkscape and Krita. Most of them are SVG-based but, most of the time, I didn't just exported PNG from SVG. The SVG files are a such mess that I prefer to focus on creating icons with high quality rather that doing the boring task of organizing their SVG origins.
That said, a simple Makefile and a debian folder could be created to package the whole set into a deb package, and a similar thing could be done for rpm too. That's rather a distro job though.
Yes, they're *mostly* SVG-based but (1) they aren't made just by exporting SVG to PNG, and (2) the SVG icons are a real mess and I have no time (or motivation) to make them tidy.
Also my reply to 9rief's comment may be relevant here.
However, thanks for your comment!
SVG could be optimized with automatic tools like github.com/RazrFalcon/SVGClean…, I would do that if I'd had SVGs. If you just don't want to share them - that's ok - just say
Regarding missing icons - I can prepare the list but it would be pretty huge, starting with retroarch, dosbox, obs, xnview, doublecmd, sublime...
nouveKDEGray isn't supposed to cover the whole Linux It's rather for Qt apps, although it covers many non-Qt apps that are OFTEN used in KDE and LXQT (like Firefox). Its counterpart, nouveGnomeGray, is mainly for GTK+ but, as I've distanced myself from GTK+, I have no plan to add icons to it. Anyway, neither is my priority now. I'll just try to keep them usable within reasonable limits.
Thank you for telling me about "apps/application-x-clementine"! I'll make a symlink for it with the next update. For now, you could do that with this command in all apps folders and then recreate the icon cache:
ln -s clementine.png application-x-clementine.png
The forward/backward button issue doesn't happen here. The versions of Konqueror, Dolphin and KDE are all 4.11.3 here.
After searching for the icons you mentioned, I found that they belong to Gnome or other GTK-based environments, not to KDE. In KDE, the names are different and the corresponding icons are all included.
I'm glad you like the theme.
The icons you mentioned don't seem to have standard names. I couldn't find them anywhere except in Ubuntu Trusty. However, I'll surely add them by making symlinks if I know there has been no mistake in Trusty's packaging. Thank you for telling me about them!
your effort is commendable really nice
Thanks a lot
As far as I know both DEs, I can say that KDE handles darkness more easily than Gnome (only Oxygen has some problems with very dark themes but you could use QtCurve or Bespin). With Gnome and GTK+, you should apply several workarounds but with KDE and Qt, it'll be enough to change a few color settings (in Kate, for example). On the other hand, Gnome breaks themes with every new release -- no exception so far!
I can't tolerate Gnome at all, while KDE is really comfortable to me. Anyway, tastes and habits could be very different
So, please take it as an encouragement and not as an offense when I feel free to make some suggestions.
The problem I encountered and encounter after applying NouveKDEGray is, that of course there are icons for some of my apps missing. And an elegant theme in grays mixed with some average quality icons in lots of silly colours --
Thus I have tried to create the missing gray icons myself, but that I have given up now; I have to admit that I have no talent in the arcane art of icon design. Though knowing my gimp pretty well and "stealing" good raw material the results always were cruel ...
Of the stuff that is on my desktop there are three kinds of icons missing:
I) Programs that I found a good substitute icon for
[Not the real thing, but... perhaps an idea also for other users]
truecrypt => I took "kpgp"
keepass => I chose "dialog-password" instead of "kpgp"
speedcrunch => accessories-calculator
II) Programs that I found some icon for:
[Better than nothing or coloured, but not convincing]
audacious => preferences-desktop-text-to-speech
leafpad => kjots
thunderbird => kontact
III) Programs that I so far found nothing for
root terminal - a normal terminal with a red prompt would be nice - IMO
yast - perhaps the system settings hammer-screwdriver-cross in red?
Perhaps I'll have a go on the root shell if I find some time, can't be too hard to colour some pixels (until I try to do it ).
The missing thunderbird I take as the subtle hint to think about returning to mutt, but I am not sure about that.
So thanks again for the good work!
truecrypt and speedcrunch may not use the theme because they store their icons in /usr/pixmaps.
Root terminal is already included. What's its exact icon name in your distro?
I want to make a complete YaST set but I'm not sure YaST will use all of it because it's a root app. As I have no OpenSUSE, I'll need users' feedbacks.
The icon for the root terminal in my OS 12.1 is utilities-terminal_su (yes, first hyphen, then underscore). I have a very bad memories with those things, but this time I am sure, that I have not changed the icon yet which means that this has to be the default.
The gksu-root-terminal icon I have now spotted and use it. Nevertheless all the root stuff is something where I would accept little dots of red in it to signalize a nice little "keep your hands off unless it is really necessary...".
And that not all applications may use their new icon when they are running is something I can accept. More important is that there where I rule, on the desktop, they have the disguise that I have chosen for them.
I think I can promise you to submit a nice screenshot featuring also your icons in some weeks. Today I used the boredom of a train ride to improve my conky.conf. Therefore now my desktops look awful, but when all my good ideas will have settled and I have found all the appropriate tiny changes everything will look better than ever - I hope.
I added the name of all the apps you mentioned to my list. You'll see their icons with the next update (if they show a standard behavior). Thanks a lot for telling me about them!
You're right; I'll include the installation instruction with the next update, when the set will be pretty complete. For installation, just extract the archive inside '~/.kde/share/icons/'. Then you could select it from System Settings > Application Appearance > Icons.
I put the set here mainly because the upload limit is 300 KiB at kde-look.org. On the other hand, Linux users are quite active here, at dA.
In fact, my first reason above for uploading the set to dA wasn't quite accurate. It would be easier for me to upload it as tar.gz to my dropbox account and put its public link in kde-look.org. However, here I get really useful feedbacks, which I don't get at kde-look.org. Feedbacks are important to me because they could make the set more complete. It was a surprise to me to see Linux users more active here than at kde-look.org.
Thanks a lot for the explanation. Here are some facts and my opinion:
(1) There's no need to log in for downloading from dA. WebUpd8 and NoobsLab teams are so kind that they make deb packages from my other themes at dA. So, I don't think dA is an obstacle to packaging;
(2) Sadly the SVG source is a real mess and I prefer to use my free time for making the set better instead of doing the tedious task of organizing and cleaning the SVG icons. On the other hand, most icons are more than exported PNGs;
(3) 7z is an open-source and really good archive with a very high compression ratio. All distros support it (in Debian, p7zip-full is the package). Ark supports it too. For heavy backups I even prefer it to tar.xz because a 7z archive is created and extracted faster and has a smaller size.
I don't know why some people dislike dA. I take that as their personal perefences, which I respect. That said, I don't see any objective reason for not using the comfortable space dA provides.
Yes, I make SVG icons first but sometimes I edit the exported PNGs, especially for tiny sizes. I like to make the SVG icons publically available but they're very disordered and, for now, I don't have enough time to arrange them.