@piotr said in Text only installation, installing DE afterwards:
@manuel said in Text only installation, installing DE afterwards:
MATE is also worth checking, although personally I prefer Xfce.
Lately, having nothing better to do, I tried several DEs, in search of an alternative to my favourite GNOME, which could be used on older machines. Most of them gave me same or hardly any better performance than GNOME did. MATE performed not bad, but I couldn’t get used to its ancient user interface. If I really had to choose another desktop, it would be XFCE, which gives the best performance, and offers quite a lot of possibilities of customization.
Looking at that desktop I think I have figured out my biggest, and yet smallest, problem with Plasma (AND Gnome-based):
There are no good looking icons. Seriously.
The Windows 10 icons are boring, but matches the rest of the GUI. Linux? Not so much. The default icons are dated, and 99% of the “beautiful ones” that everyone recommends are not to my liking at all. Why is the current trend is “Icons designed for 5 year olds”. Seriously, all the popular icon themes are extremely colorful (good), flat (good) but also very very childish in design. They are phone icons, plain and simple. On a desktoo I expect the Numix Square to be used in say a math game for 1st graders, not in a desktop environment for adults. But again, the alternatives are either incomplete, abandoned, or ugly.
It is even worse in Plasma, where it is all very sleek and shiny… Except the icons. I’d even go so far that not a single icon set on the net actually fits the look and feel of the Plasma desktop. Including the default ones.
Seriously, this is a ridiculous thing to be annoyed by, but I just can’t stand ANY of the popular icon sets. In any DE or distro. I mean seeing your great looking desktop above… And then the icons, which IMHO just doesn’t work with that theme. At all. This is, I realize now, my main reason to wanting to leave Plasma. I have spent a week trying to customize it to my liking, and at least 12 hours have just been downloading and testing icon sets, only to realize they look absolutely horribly jarringly stupid against ANY desktop background except a plain single color one with no picture on it.
A cool car? Not working with the happy colorful baby design icons. Same with a stylish artistic background. Or a single cloud in the sky.
Basically what I am looking for is n icon set that matches the design of the DE it’s for.
(whixh is another issue with Plasma, 99,5% of all icons are designed for Gnome).
Oh well, I’ll get past that eventually :) Sorry for ranting.
I like GNOME 3 much better after I figured out how to half or even 1/3rd the size of the icons.