Mageia Needs Artists

by Susan Linton - Sep. 08, 2011Comments (3)

mageiaThere are some great artists in the midst of hackers, coders, and users here in Linuxville. We see their work everyday. From community wallpapers to application splashes in distros, we all enjoy their efforts.   And Mageia needs some of their help in their upcoming second release.



Let's face it. Mageia's default look for version 1 wasn't bad. The Ia Ora windec is attractive enough and the backgrounds and splash screens weren't bad. But "not bad" isn't beautiful. Attractive isn't gorgeous. We users want gorgeous.

Mageia's managers seem to want gorgeous too. The first release was all about getting the system working from developing to users' desktops, but now that most of that is in place the artwork team is getting ready for the next release. They say, "you can help us make Mageia’s mark on the world!"

They need help in all areas. "Revising and updating designs for the Mageia site, for the Wiki and for the special Mageia-ish things about our install; designing plymouth themes and icon sets; working on completing our colour palette, and designing things like posters, banners and other stuff for gatherings and when we have a stand at LinuxTag or wherever."

If you're an artist please consider volunteering your talent to help make Mageia beautiful. Interested parties can start at the artwork team Wiki or the referenced post.

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Mageia 1 was really beautiful. It is beautiful.

Unfortunately I myself can't help much, other than wait for Mageia 2 with bigger interest now.

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>We users want gorgeous.

I guess your 'we' isnt the same as my 'we'.

My 'we' like to be able to put on their own stuff.

One of the first things I show newbs is how to change their wallpaper (right click on the screen) and people really like to put on their pictures that they take or find online.

Actually, many people love the changing slideshow option in KDE.

Very often Ive set up 4-5 desktops on KDE based Linux for a family so each can have their own widgets and people love the slideshow option for the common desktop. They use it to run through family pictures as well as other images.

(I collect all different distros wallpapers and a few specific ones like the Vladstudio ones which are amazing and put it all in one folder and run it through slideshow. It doesnt matter to me that its not 'my' distros logo on it. Im not 8yrs old.)

Default wallpapers are so far down the list that its on another page.

Themes are another story.

Too many themes available are just copies of others with minor tweeks.

But themes (and colour, windows and everything else in the appearance section) are really where you can make the desktop your own.

When I work at night in bed I have this amazing dark black/red wine theme that doesnt light up the whole room and wake up my girlfriend.

Go ahead with themes and other apperance options.

You can never have too many.

And you dont have to use them if you dont want to.

But I just hate defaults. Sometimes its the looks but often like in the case of windows its practicality. I cant see the max/min buttons on the Oxygen look but like the Plastik one because I can make the boxes bigger and the X button flashes red when mouseovered.

And changing the whole thing from a black dominant desktop to Oxygen isnt really a problem. Change the default. Takes 30secs.

When I install a newb, I make sure that the desktop fits and looks how they want. It takes time but its worth it.

Im not saying that all default wallpapers suck, just that I prefer to teach people how to change them so they dont stay with the same wallpaper simply because no one ever told them they could change.


Wasnt Nuno Pinheiro from KDE graphics fame supposed to be taking care of the Mageia visuals? I could swear I saw quite a few sketches (you couldnt miss it, all the other ones looked like stuff you and I would do after using GIMP for a week. his looked professional.) he had made in the beginning of the project and saying to myself: "Wow! They got one of the best, I think theyre set in this dept."

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I don't care about fancy graphics, desktop bling, ect...

I just want a rock solid linux desktop that just works. Granted, it can look nice, some time should be spent of that, but it's all just un-useful garbage when it comes down to getting work done.

Mandriva was always a well rounded solid distro for me. Recently, and especially with their 2011 release... and the KDE only shop... fancy new resource hungry bling... ect... I'm done. Time for a change.

I only hope that Mageia can pick up where Mandriva left off and continue to be the rock solid stable linux solution it always was.

Great job to the Mageia team. Thanks for all your hard work.

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