a cute little home a cute little boy a cute little cow: mooo!

Tale of a little pixel

a cute little girl

4.1 times more Prettyness

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you the brand new shiny Plasma theme that will be used for KDE 4.1:

Plasma theme for KDE 4.1

Here you can see the new applet and krunner backgrounds, the new panel, our brand-new carbon fiber clock and some items that once upon a time weren't themed at all, like the pager and the taskbar.

This is the wonderful work of Nuno, i did some work in the code in the last month to make the theme support even more extensive, to have all your nice plasma widgets with more SVG prettiness, so let's start thing by thing :)

  • The pager: the mini-desktops now have 3 different backgrounds, and when the mouse goes over the widget the mini desktops fades in and out with a neat animation

  • The panel: when composite is disabled his borders must be nice even if we don't have antialiasing and when its width is the 100% of the screen it's really a different beast, so a different svg it's used, one different for each edge of the screen the panel can be

  • Dialogs and krunner: they have the same styleas the applets, but when composite is disabled we don't have antialiasing for border, so it's drawn in a nice retro-style

  • Taskbar: it now supports SVG backgrounds for several task states, there was some performance issues but we hope we will be able to enable the neat animations on mouse over also here :)

  • System tray: yeah even that now has a SVG background to make it look coherent with the other panel plasmoids like the taskbar (and the pager, if the size is enough)

  • The analog clock: KDE4 is all about analog clocks, right? :P so how could we neglect it? Absolutely not, so it now has cool drop shadows under each hand, that are always projected in the right position when the hands rotate

  • The folder view: due to its very nature it must have a more translucent background, to be easier on the eyes. Do you want to use that background on your applet? just call setBackgroundHints(TranslucentBackground) et voilą :)

This is not an exaustive list of the new goodies in the Plasma theme support, you can read them more in dept on techbase, that should give you everything you need to create a new theme.

Update: updated with a screenshot with a more meaningful taskbar and if you want to see it in action among other KDE4.1 goodness there is a really pretty and gigantic screencast by ereselibre :)

How can I get it?

I don´t fully understand - Can I download this theme?

Sent from Skelly (Anonimous) on 22/06/2009 at 19:11:38

As Good as Vista, Right?

Tried it. It sucked. Maybe it was Ubuntu Icky Ibex. Don't know. Don't care. XP is 40% faster. And I hate XP, but it's still faster. If you're going to model yourself after a nice desktop, why doncha look at one of the Apple computers. They're pretty cool and make KDE look like is was designed by a buncha programmers. But don't give up. Just maybe take a few lessons in usability. And don't change something just because it's been around for a while. Like what happened to Konqueror?? What's up with that. God, I could whine about this all night. Hey, I went back to Ubuntu Goofy Gopher and all is well.

Sent from Doug (Anonimous) on 22/11/2008 at 6:39:13


themes downlod

Sent from musa (Anonimous) on 02/07/2008 at 12:05:13

a desktop of the 21st century

this is the most amazing desktop i have ever seen .

the new theme is amazing , the new clock is sexy and its all

beautiful .thx for your visions and hard work .


pete :-)

Sent from pete (Anonimous) on 11/06/2008 at 3:56:13

a desktop of the 21st century

this is the most amazing desktop i have ever seen .

the new theme is amazing , the new clock is sexy and its all

beautiful .thx for your visions and hard work .


pete :-)

Sent from pete (Anonimous) on 11/06/2008 at 3:55:41

KDE 4.1 Video

Check out the following video tour of KDE 4.1:

Sent from EazyVG (Anonimous) on 09/06/2008 at 11:23:42


learn something about padding for god sake

Sent from fdsfds (Anonimous) on 07/06/2008 at 3:58:35

black frame around icons

how to get rid of those black frame around icons

Sent from mimoune djouallah (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 21:43:25


This is definitely the most beautiful plasma theme!

Many thanks!

Sent from bjoern (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 20:30:50

RE: It's not too late

"KDE 4.1 doesn't support files on the desktop, unless the improbable "folderview plasmoid" is used."

Sure it does, read the following article, carefully. Don't be mislead by the first few lines

Have to say that the folderview plasmoids look a lot more bearable now than at first.

Incidentally, can anyone confirm whether hiding of panels will make it into 4.1?

Sent from Caracalla (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 16:56:51

It's not too late

KDE 4.1 doesn't support files on the desktop, unless the improbable "folderview plasmoid" is used.

If you think the average desktop user is going to accept that, the KDE devs, who seem to live in a bubble, are going to face a cold, hard reality check. The backlash is coming. It's not too late to reverse this decision.

Sent from maxim (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 16:27:02

John Thoms

You are right, that is purdy!


Sent from JOhn Thomas (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 13:42:13


Looks sorta like...I don't know, Vista?

Who thought THAT was a good idea?

Sent from raremage (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 13:17:04

KDE: be weird

KDE 4 is turning into a truly weird project. The bizarre design decisions and odd looks are bound to create a cult following but otherwise KDE is doomed. What is the obsession with clocks all about? KDE developers are crazy about black clocks.

Sent from jt (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 12:01:10

Mr. What?


If you want to have a sparse, simple layout, there's nothing stopping you. You can hide pretty much everything in Dolphin. You can remove all the widgets and all the panels, if you want. KDE is insanely configurable.

But if we don't show things by default, a lot of people will never discover them. It's easier to hide something that's there than to show something you don't even know exists.

Sent from Alex Merry (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 11:29:56


KDE 4 sucks :-(

It totally wastes screen space, offering unimportant "widgets". I mean if you just stare at the background the whole time you use the computer, then yeah, kde 4 is great.

Trying to make it "easy" and "intuitive", and offering "common defaults". The only default, guys, is that there is no default. I don't eg. need 10% of my file manager screen occupied by a huge bar that lets me "email picture", "crop picture", and whatever.

For the love of god, let all these huge bs bars and menus, out of the way.


Sent from Guy (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 11:01:52

Gnome foot

What's that Gnome foot doing in the top right corner?

Sent from frits (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 10:08:34


Its a nice looking clock .. buts its still just a clock.

Sent from Sams (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 8:35:47

Very Nice!

I like it, much better than before.

Thanks a lot for your work :)

Sent from Simon Slade (Anonimous) on 02/06/2008 at 7:08:12


Very, very beatiful. Amazing. Thanks so much!

Sent from znar (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 19:45:32

Re: some answers

'you look a screen for half a second and you can immediately say "wow, this is KDE"'

Or "this is ugly black KDE".

Anyway, there is no such thing that one can say that it's KDE after looking at the screen because even if there's a default, people (and distributors, thank God) can configure it to look completely differently.

"fot the clock font not readable the thing that covers the characters is the metal effect"

Couldn't you then make the numbers be over the effect so unmodified by the effect? It would be more readable.

Sent from Grósz Dániel (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 19:34:32

Traditional menu

ingrate: It's 2 clicks to switch to the traditional menu. The first is a right click on the menu button.

Sent from Grósz Dániel (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 19:30:07


Ok, thanks for your answer and sorry about going off-topic.

I'm actually considering to try to do something myself.

Don't know much Qt yet, though. But that'll be for this summer, if i have time.

Sent from Ed (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 19:04:33


Very nice! I like that now the contents of the panel use all of it up - before a lot of space was wasted. Also I see the tray icon backgrounds have been fixed! Great :D

It's really modern and makes me want to install Arch just to see KDE 4 :P

Sent from miggols99 (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 18:50:29

Tasty Menu

Ed: the code of the kde3 tasty menu is an old mess and pretty much unportable, i was thinking about taking kickoff code and making it appear with the tastymenu layout, i only have to find time... that will be the hard part i guess :)

Sent from Marco Martin (mart) on 01/06/2008 at 18:24:31


I like it, much better than before.

Thanks a lot for your work :)

They should just change that default background... we've all seen the same wallpaper over and over since the beginning. A new one would be nice to mark the step from 4.0 to 4.1

Otherwise, this is not related but, Mart, please port the Tasty Menu to KDE4...

Lots of people requested it on the kde-apps page, give us some hope.

I hate kickoff :(

Sent from Ed (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 18:09:45

no thx

i can has v3.5 with no plasma widgets and no stupid kickoff menu, pleez? kthxbai.

Sent from ingrate (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 18:01:15

some answers

for the black i was not directly involved in the choice of that so can't really say, but can say that we needed something that like a brand is strongly recognizable, that you look a screen for half a second and you can immediately say "wow, this is KDE"

fot the clock font not readable the thing that covers the characters is the metal effect, the problem maybe is that the font is a bit little but it only uncovers a limit of the svg, you can't do something that looks good on all sizes, or it gets really little on little sizes or enough big to be ugly when the clock is big

Sent from Marco Martin (mart) on 01/06/2008 at 17:49:06

Aya again

I also thing that the Aya theme makes for a better default since it integrates better with the widgets. There are other beutiful themes out there but I think that the Aya is more "neutral" and makes for a better default without entering to the discussion of which one is "pretier"

Sent from Raul (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 17:31:32

Clock hard to read

Hey, I like the theme overall. It does look like the numbers on the analog clock are below the 'carbon fiber' pattern which makes them difficult to read. An fix could be to render them on top of the pattern.

Sent from Andrew (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 17:28:04

but normal window decorations?

out of curiosity, will normal window decorations be rounded properly when composite is enabled, or will they be pixelated as is the case now?

will this be done for kde 4.1?

Sent from dan (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 17:24:19

Thank you

Thank you for making KDE beautiful.

Sent from js0n (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 17:24:18

Clock is hard to read

Hey, I like the theme overall. It does look like the numbers on the analog clock are below the 'carbon fiber' pattern which makes them difficult to read. An fix could be to render them on top of the pattern.

Sent from Andrew (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 17:23:48

Provide an non black theme

I personally am am fan KDE, but not of black themes. I have the impression that Plasma is called ugly in many cases becaus e it is provided with a black theme. Everything I have seen so far from openSuse 11 looks much better.

Sent from Matthias (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 16:59:26

Much better

My biggest complaint about the default in 4.0 was that borders took too much space. The default qt theme still has this issue though.

Sent from Lucian (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 15:55:50

Radeon Xpress 200m

I've testet ATI propritary drivers 8.40.4 and 8.471.3. With 8.40.4 I can play OpenGL games, but desktop effects doesn't work. With 8.471.3 ktank hangs, flightgear run's without textures but desktop effects works like they should. ;)

Sent from Kame2 (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 15:36:57

Still not usable

Still ugly and unusable. Instead of nice effects, maybe a good layout for the panel would be nice. Allow me to put small icons on two rows for the launchers and systray and i will jump for joy. But people spend time on clocks that are most of the time covered by windows... You have one in the right corner you know...

And the theme is way bellow the expectations and the hype.

But I am not surprised... KISS is dead, go Vista

Sent from Checkerap (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 15:35:08

Yeah! but..

This looks definitely great!

Just one little comment. I still see a thin horizontal line below the icons in the tray. I'm running openSuSe Factory at the moment and it also suffers from this. Don't know it there's a bug report about it.

Sent from Fred (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 15:25:34

Manm that's amazing!

Yup, this theme really kicks ass! Sober, unobstrusive and very professional.

The only thing I kind of dislike is the new analog clock. It seems a bit too heavy for my taste. I think I fancied the old one much better.

Anyhow, gotta say KDE4 look is rocking more and more by the minute!

Sent from tecnocratus (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 15:20:48


Looks really nice! Though I think that the white highlights around the edges of plasmoids should be a little bit more suble and not so white. Great work Nuno!

Sent from Aron Stansvik (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 14:54:36


looks great!

Sent from martin (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 14:33:51


There have already been a lot of suggestions about another theme; I still think that Aya is the most suitable to be the default (as in openSUSE) as, even if it is not much eye-candy, unlike other themes, it is as consistent as possible with the other parts (Qt widgets) of KDE. Any other theme means not providing a normal KDE look. And, can the user set the colors of these themes? If not, it's a shame (especially for a default theme) and another point for Aya.

Sent from Grósz Dániel (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 14:18:18

What is in the theme

What things are affected by the Plasma theme? It seems odd to me that the clock SVG is in the theme as it is just one plasmoid. Don't SVG's that affect a single plasmoid belong to the plasmoid and not to the Plasma theme? Does creating a plasmoid need modifying all the themmes, or the clock is a special thing?

Sent from Grósz Dániel (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 14:11:04


The corners of plasmoids still look a bit ugly in my opinion. Is there no way they could be antialiased a bit better? Seeing such jagged corners makes me cry inside :(

Pretty nice all around though.

Sent from hai (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 14:07:50

I forgot...

(me again)

Maybe I seems a bit negative in my previous post (always complaining !) but IMO, this is still the greatest theme out there for the moment (the second one may be Elegance)

Thank you all

Sent from DanaKil (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 13:58:20

Clock and icon widget

very nice, great work !

just one or two complains (because I'm just an user...)

- the clock is great but maybe a little bit "too much" for a default theme

- the icon on the icon plasmoids (like the trash) could be better centered (maybe 3 or 4 pixel lower because it touch the top edge)

Cheers :)

Sent from DanaKil (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 13:44:16


Looks, wow, 1000 times beter! Great work guys.

Sent from KDE Fan (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 13:34:14


This is an improvement over the current look, but I must still say I prefer Elegance over this theme... I hope the author of Elegance continues to improve it ;-)

Sent from jospoortvliet (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 12:39:39

I like it...

I like this theme more than the previous default one, but I still prefer this one:

Sent from gskbyte (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 12:09:23

Really nice!

I really like what I see :) Kudos for all involved in making this! :)

Sent from Dog (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 12:06:56


Hi there.

Looks nice. Is it themeable? i mean, if i don't want a black desktop, can i change the system colors to change the panel color? (aya does this, not)


Sent from Beat Wolf (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 12:05:43

Looks nice

That's pretty elegant, I must say. Last time I tried KDE4, I couldn't get KWin compositing to work, even though compiz worked fine. Is that resolved now? I have an ATI Radeon Xpress 200m.

Sent from Jon Sterling (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 11:11:48


Man oh man what a nice screenshot! I can't wait until I get my new laptop (about the time when kde 4.1 is released).

Sent from Linus (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 11:06:29

Wow. Just wow...

I love it!

Sent from fish (Anonimous) on 01/06/2008 at 11:06:06

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