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Eye candy for KDE Desktop Manager (KDM)

Feb 04, 2009, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"A KDM theme for my Eee PC
Partly because of the hardware limitations of the Eee PC, and because it will generally only be used by me, I want to keep my design simple. I don't want a visual user list, because there’s no point: if anyone but me logs in, they should just type. As with my other client systems, the computer will be named after a fictional character, and so I will design the theme around that character. Unlike most, this character is one I can freely publish the artwork for, because it was one of the characters we designed for the unfinished Light Princess adventure game, and is thus under a free license (albeit a slightly weird one: the Design Science License. There is a long story behind that). This is partly to encourage me to think about finishing the game, but that's another story entirely.

"Creating the artwork
The best way to start is to draw the artwork. I used Inkscape for this, making only a few minor tweaks to the exported bitmaps in Gimp. You should keep in mind some of the features of KDM in doing your own design, especially:

"Username text entry (and label)
Password text entry (and label)
User list (may include avatars)
Login button
Additional buttons for: System, Session, Language, and Disconnect
Host welcome message
Caps-lock warning message
Delayed login notification message"

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