Linux: Xfce Good Themes

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

i need a look that is:

X Window System 2007 04 22  11965
Appearance of the original X Window System, 1980s image source
DECwindows openvms v7.3 1
DECwindows openvms v7.3 1, running on Solaris. (Year ~1998) Note the look of the scroll bar, the window border, and buttons. Why is it that way? because it's easy, simple, computationally less intensive, to write program to draw them that way and still get a 3D effect.
xfce window manager gtk theme
xfce window manager GTK theme. The grey slab look of Unix X11 remains in force in Linux, up till 2010.
Firefox Certificate Manager 2012 10 22
grey drab slab style of GUI, from X11 1980s.
linux xfce x11 gui ThinIce Greybird 2016-07-16
bad GUI. Linux Xfce ThinIce Greybird 2016-07.
  • Difficult to tell which window is in front.
  • Difficult to tell which tab is current.
  • Difficult to tell which is button, which is not a button.
  • Difficult to tell button's on/off status.
linux xfce x11 gui Adwaita Kokodi 2016-07-16
Good GUI. Linux Xfce Adwaita Kokodi 2016-07.

Linux Xfce Good Theme Choices

appearance that has good GUI widgets:

bad x11 slabs:

Window Manager theme that has easily distiungished front window title bar:

Linux Desktop Topic

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  6. Linux: Xfce Keyboard Shortcuts
  7. Linux: Xfce Good Themes
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