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Wassili Was In Israel

Wallpaper Other by vegan 4 comments

It looks to me as though you named your ugliest wallpaper after Israel. Clearly you must be anti-Semitic! ;)

Seriously, though, it's RED and GREEN. They're opposites on the color wheel. They were probably used in this visualization exactly because they contrasted so much. Unsurprisingly, they do not look good together. - Feb 11 2008
KDE in agriculture ;)

Wallpapers KDE Plasma by EmZed 17 comments

Oh gawd, another one of those requests. ;) Personally, I think he should do it ONLY IF you can ask him again without using any of the letters in the name "EmZed". - Mar 01 2006
Soldier View

Wallpaper Other by kindred7 12 comments

I think the last picture _could_ be interpreted as making a "V for Victory" in the sand. That's probably the bit which was interpreted as patriotic... but only because the submitter told us the backstory of the photos.

Here's an thought. If the submitter really thinks that these pictures stand on their own aesthetic qualities, perhaps putting them together and mentioning where they came from is a bad idea? Why would you have to tell people "don't think about them like this"? The third one, and arguably the first one as well, are hard to read into too much without the backstory, especially when viewed individually. - Nov 08 2005

Wallpaper Other by magicjeck 5 comments

Considering that much of this image is border, it might work well at 1280x800, and there just aren't enough of those. How about an official widescreen-laptop-sized version? - Aug 14 2005
Stormy Field

KDE 3 Color Schemes by mrfoolish 1 comment

Since posting this color scheme, it has come to my attention that it looks quite a bit better when using some Styles than others. Both Keramik and Mandrake/Mandriva's default style look bad since they make the toolbars dark grey. They're supposed to be light grey, as they are in Active Heart, Plastik and its variants, and Thin Keramik Mod (not sure about the original Thin Keramik). In the screenshot, I'm using the Active Heart Style. - Aug 06 2005
witness the future

Wallpaper Other by dalley 2 comments

If the future is that color, I'm right out. Somebody kill me now!

Seriously, good work with the lettering and all, but I can't imagine looking at something that intensely orange all day. How about a nice pale green or blue instead, or a BSD Daemon scarlet?

Then again, maybe there's a way to take advantage of that intense coloring. How about a background where the background color is also a CPU temperature meter? - Feb 22 2005

KDE 3.x Splash Screens by smashse 23 comments

Actually, I suspect that the real problem is that the maintainers of the site generally remove any content which is clearly racist, pornographic, or advertising :). The problem is, it is only possible to identify such content in, say, the description of the artwork, if one of the maintainers knows the language in question fairly well. While I'm sure that some among them knows more than one language, they can't possibly know every language. English, on the other hand, is probably a language which they all know at least somewhat. Thus they reserve the right to remove anything which is not in English just in case it turns out to be problematic.

Of course, the number of "English to ???" translation options on Babelfish (now probably doesn't hurt either. Requiring people to post in the most widely _translated from_ language seems like a good idea, at least to me. - Feb 07 2005
GL-Win-Deco - 0.5 - Mandrake 10.1 rpms

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by bhautikj 4 comments

I've got it running on my laptop. It's a Medion 41017, with an Athlon 2200+, 512MB RAM (but 32 of that taken by UMA video) and using the built-in Savage DDR video (about TNT2-M64 speeds). I'm using 6.8.1 on Mandrake 10.1, and direct rendering is enabled and working. Resolution is 1024x768x24bpp.

It works fine. It doesn't slow things down too much. I get about 5% CPU usage when my mouse is over a titlebar (the rest of the time the images in the titlebar are stable).

The main problem is that the cursor goes "under" the window decoration, so it's hard to tell sometimes whether you're moving or resizing a window. I'm using a custom cursor (RevRedux2) which could be part of the problem. Other than that, the only problem is that it's a very ugly win deco. :) - Dec 08 2004
Ikarus up in the sun

Wallpaper Other by ikaruss 8 comments

I strongly recommend that you ignore those people who just see the historic background. It's just too complicated an issue, and you shouldn't have to deal with it. Like you said, you're just trying to make a nice picture.

If nothing else, you've made a design which is fairly different from the historical flag (I assume the one we're talking about is The lines are of variable widths, there's a background texture, and the sun has been changed in all sorts of ways. Anyone who's offended by that it just looking for things to be offended by.

Having said that, an orange-to-red gradient on those sunrays might look nice. :) - Sep 06 2004

Wallpaper Other by Kleric 3 comments

This is the funniest thing I've seen all week! Not to mention that it's more proof that controversy sparks creativity. - Jun 26 2004
Soviet Arizona

Wallpaper Other by johanneswilm 44 comments

I back you 100% on this one.

I have two problems with the critics of these Communist art wallpapers. I'm not quite sure how to describe the first one except to say that I think your critics are missing the point. For example, this drashkeev fellow claims that you're "glorifying" Communism. I think you're doing exactly the opposite, you're trivializing it! You've got to interpret this wallpaper as _computer desktop wallpaper_ with Communist iconography. It's this or a picture of some anime character or a hot girl in a bikini. The context makes all the difference. Wallpaper isn't very serious. Not everything is propoganda, people.

My second problem is that symbols have different meanings to different people, and it is simply impossible to be aware of how everyone will interpret them. To some people Communist iconography suggests a certain period in _American_ history, not Russian history, and a certain attitude towards that period. It's just like those 70s British punk bands wearing swastikas. They weren't pro-Nazi or anti-Jew, but anti-England. Wearing the symbol of an old enemy of that country was a way of saying "Up yours!" to the whole country... except of course those people who were "in the know" and agreed with them. To Americans, Communist iconography says the same sort of thing about America, and especially about the 80s and Ronald Reagan. Arguing that one particular interpretation should take precedent (the "official" interpretation?) is not good.

I guess that debates like this are bound to happen on an international website. There are a whole lot of Americans on here who don't know about other countries (like the former USSR) and vice versa. As such, we kind of have to rely on overarching principles. I'm inclined to say that "freedom is good" is one of those principles. Taking an entire artistic style out of circulation just because someone might be offended by it is censorship (exactly the kind of censorship which is not tolerated is free countries!) Likewise, banning unpopular opinions isn't tolerated in free countries. Someone in the old USSR or modern China might still like Communism. Perhaps the iconography still represents the dream to them. If this individual is not allowed to speak their mind, how free are we really? Thus even if this artwork were a pro-Communist statement it should be allowed to stay. No one person has the right to say which political views are okay (technically the owner of the site does since it's their server, but aside from that). Freedom is and should be the default. Note however that as a group we can rate a wallpaper into oblivion. This system seems reasonable to me. The default is to let people be free to do what they want, but the community does have some power to set standards.

Now the question becomes what should the community's standard be. How should I as an individual vote? I think that as long as any wallpaper has a point or purpose, I say that it should be allowed to remain. If there were no point to the work, e.g. it was purely intended as a slur or were otherwise inappropriate (hard-core porn, gory violence), then perhaps it could be considered purely inflammatory and treated appropriately (just like any other Troll). That really doesn't seem to be the case here, so there's no way I'm voting against it for that particular reason. However, this wallpaper is so ugly that I'm not voting for it either. :) - Jun 06 2004
NYC Subway - KDE Station Wallpaper

Wallpapers KDE Plasma by sbrown1038 6 comments

I dunno about that "clean stations" bit. I'm guessing you don't live in Washington Heights. :)

Anyway, as for the actual wallpaper, it looks pretty good, but that red KDE design in the lower right sticks out like a sore thumb. If you must have a KDE logo in there, why not make it look like decorative tiles, a la the Museum of Natural History station (81st on the B/C lines) and others? - Apr 13 2004
Strawberry Gum

KDE 3 Color Schemes by mrpengo 1 comment

This theme is very well named, but doesn't look all that great from the screenshot. Still, with that name, I had to at least try it.

The result... actually, not half bad. The shade of pink used actually looks nice, especially contrasted with white (e.g. in the menu highlight color). It does not look as good contrasted with grey, as in the light grey window background.

On the whole, not bad, especially as it fills a niche which deserves to be filled. - Apr 11 2004
Children of spring 2b

Wallpaper Other by foxi 4 comments

Aside from the look of this wallpaper, there's one more thing I like about it - the layout. There are large chunks of relatively uniform, medium bright color in the upper left and lower right. This is tremendously useful for organizing icons. Unlike some busier wallpapers I can actually tell my cd-drive from my dvd-drive. Not that the wallpaper lacks color or variety either. It's colorful but not flashy and not so simple that it's boring, either. Very nice!

Incidentally, that is a blue wall, yes? I thought it was a river at first. - Apr 08 2004

Cursors by Vyse 16 comments

Actually, I had a similar problem with both this cursor set and Silver XCursors. When this problem hits, you cannot type text in any window, and any window which you open closes itself after a few seconds.

Changing the index.theme from "Inherits=RevRedux" or "Inherits=Silver", respectively, to "Inherits=whiteglass" (a theme which comes with KDE, at least on Mandrake 9.2) solved my problem. I'm using RevRedux righ now, and it works fine. - Jan 04 2004