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Equinox GTK Engine


GTK 2.x Theme/Style

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Equinox GTK Engine

Equinox GTK Engine

Equinox GTK Engine

Minimum required   GTK 2.x
Downloads:  226766
Submitted:  Mar 20 2010
Updated:  Apr 27 2011


A heavily modified version of the beautiful Aurora engine (1.4). Thanks to his author.

IMPORTANT! Since version 1.40, the file below contains only the engine source. You can download themes (both GTK and Metacity) from the second and third links :
- The five Equinox Evolution themes are new offical ones and will get some updates in the future. Only these themes are now included in the theme package available from the Launchpad PPA
- The original themes are no longer maintained (but still usable).

Engine installation

First of all, make sure you have installed the GTK+ library development files (libgtk2.0-dev on Debian/Ubuntu, gtk2-devel on Fedora) with your favourite package manager.

Then to compile the Equinox engine, extract the corresponding archive in your home folder. In the new directory, run the following commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation

On Fedora 64 bits (and perhaps other distribs), compilation don't work with the options above. You must run:
./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64 --enable-animation

Finally, run this command as root:
make install

Themes installation

To install the themes, extract the content of the other archive in your ~/.themes.

You can easily change the colour used for selected items or tooltips in Appearance preferences.

To fix the issue with the text of selected menu items in Firefox and Thunderbird, copy the userChrome.css in both ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default/chrome/ and ~/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/chrome/

To use the Equinox Evolution theme with Chromium or Google Chrome, open the browser and drag the CRX file (provided in the themes archive) into the address bar. In applications options, don't forget to enable the display of Metacity borders.

Icon theme
A (still uncomplete) version of Faenza icon theme is now available. Follow the link a the bottom of this page.

Engine options

* curvature = 2.5
* menubarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient
* menubaritemstyle = 0 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = inverse gradient, 3 = line
* menubarborders = 1 # 0 = none, 1 = bottom border, 2 = top half-border, 3 = bottom border and top half-border
* toolbarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = flat without border, 3 = gradient without border, 4 = flat with bottom border, 5 = gradient with bottom border
* buttonstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* menuitemstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* listviewheaderstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* listviewitemstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient
* scrollbarstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy, 2 = normal with grip, 3 = glassy with grip, 4 = flat
* scrollbartrough = 0 # 0 = background color of the parent widget, 1 = base color of the widget itself
* scalesliderstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy, 2 = normal with bullet
* checkradiostyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* progressbarstyle = 0 # 0 = normal, 1 = glassy
* separatorstyle = 1 # 0 = solid inset, 1 = gradient inset, 2 = lighter line, 3 = darker line
* textstyle = 0 # orientation of text shadow
* textshade = 1.08 # > 1.0 for light text shadow, < 1.0 for dark text shadow
* animation = TRUE # FALSE = disabled, TRUE = enabled
* arrowsize = 0.1 # controls combo_arrow circle size. Diameter set by (11 + 2 * arrowsize)

Known bugs
* Strange progressbars in Firefox and Thunderbird
* Some ugly message areas

Launchpad PPA
Equinox is available to install for Ubuntu users via a PPA repository. Open a terminal and run :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme


* New option resizegripstyle
* New value for menubaritemstyle option (return of the original style !)

* New options menubaritemstyle, scrollbartrough, textstyle and textshade
* Rendering of progressbars improved
* Better support of dark themes
* Some changes in displaying focuses
* FIX: some crashes with Evolution

* Better rendering for gradient listitems
* Windows can be dragged from menubar
* Include userChrome.css to fix Firefox/Thunderbird menu issue
* Include Chromium/Chrome theme for Equinox Evolution
* Some fixes

* Fix missing parameters in function equinox_style_copy

* New options menubarborders and listviewitemstyle
* New values for menubarstyle and scrollbarstyle options
* Some fixes
* New themes Evolution and Evolution Light
* Fix bug with Inkscape palette
* Workspace switcher and menubar items more lighter in dark panels
* Fix bugs with some applets: CPU scaling, network monitor, dictionary.
* Bottom border of all themes reduced
* New themes Evolution Rounded and Evolution Squared

* New options progressbarstyle and separatorstyle
* New values for options menubarstyle and toolbarstyle to hide borders of menubar and toolbar controls
* Overall performance improved
* Some fixes
* Better integration in gnome 2.30 (specially for Nautilus)
* New light theme
* New themes Light and Light Glass in which window controls used the selected background color
* New themes Classic and Classic Glass with a red close button and others in the selected background color

* Progressbars and tabs now accept curvature option
* New engine option for menuitems style
* New focus rendering for tabs[/li]
* New Gtkrc theme with wider controls
* Gnome panel with gradient pixmap
* Correct search bar color in Nautilus
* Title bar reduced
* Space between title and buttons (if needed)
* Various corrections on windows controls

Source(Equinox engine and GTK themes)
Source(Equinox Evolution themes)
Source(Equinox original themes)
Source(Faenza Icons)
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 ppa typo

 by vadi2 on: Aug 1 2010
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I believe the PPA instructions want you to update, not upgrade, your sources

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 PPA typo n°2

 by xela92 on: Aug 1 2010
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The correct string to install this themes is:
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-equinox equinox-theme equinox-ubuntu-theme

Then, I remember the typo n°1: sudo apt-get update instead of sudo apt-get upgrade...

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 Faenza Dark or Faenza-Dark

 by GordonX on: Aug 1 2010
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I installed the Faenza icons and it works with all your themes except Equinox Glass. I get a message that Faenza Dark is not installed, but it is installed as Faenza-Dark with a dash.

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 Missing theme name

 by GordonX on: Aug 1 2010
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Found another "bug" the modified Radiance theme doesn't have a name at all. But I guess the theme "No name" should be Equinox Radiance.

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 Bugs found

 by spykes on: Aug 4 2010
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It's a great theme.
I am testing the dark theme on Fedora 13 x86_64.
The bugs I've found so far (maybe not directly related to equinox) :

- There is a thin grey border around the desktop bars if we enable "hide buttons".
- My sound volume applet icon is still black instead of silver (Faenza icon theme issue I guess).
- The CPU scaling applets text label is still black over black.
- The workspaces selector applet color contrast is a bit too low (it's quite difficult to spot it on the bar with its actual color).

That's all :)

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 Re: Bugs found

 by tiheum on: Aug 11 2010
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Thanks for reporting. Sound icon issue might be fixed with Faenza 0.6.

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 voting fraud is pretty lame

 by everettattebury on: Aug 4 2010
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I noticed that you have linked to this theme from your deviant art page with this link: http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=121881&vote=good&tan=67625819

Was this intentional? Are you really trying to get a vote from everyone who clicks this link?

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