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The GNOME Journal: Dancing Tango on the Desktop

Mar 08, 2007, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])

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"When we are talking about software, we often go into technical details and forget that a desktop is for people, not robots, and thus it should be visually appealing and consistent looking. Consistence is a matter of not only following human interfaces guidelines, but using a particular visual style throughout desktop as well. In the UNIX world we have several major efforts to provide means for such a desktop. One of them is Tango project that gives us an icon style guideline, an icon naming specification and an icon theme based on it.

"In the days of its genesis several unification projects like RedHat's Bluecurve already existed. It was Steven Garrity who suggested to work together in his historical email to Red Hat and Novell representatives and several individual artists. It took participants almost a year to get things straight and in October 2005 on annual GNOME summit in Boston Jakub Steiner and Steve Garrity announced the Tango project..."

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