Oxygen Project

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Oxygen
Oxygen Project logo
KDE 4.png
KDE Plasma Desktop
Developer(s) KDE
Initial release 11 January 2008;
6 years ago
 (2008-01-11)
Stable release 4.14.1 (September 16, 2014; 2 days ago (2014-09-16)) [±][1]
Written in SVG, C++ (Qt)
Operating system Linux, Mac OS X, Unix-like, Windows
Available in Multilingual
License LGPL

The Oxygen Project is a project created to give a visual refresh to KDE Plasma Workspaces.

It consists of a set of computer icons, a window decoration for KWin, widget toolkit themes for GTK and Qt, two themes for Plasma Workspaces, and a TrueType font family.

The Oxygen theme set is used by default for Plasma Workspaces in most Linux distributions, like Fedora,[2] Kubuntu,[3] and openSUSE.[4]

History[edit]

The original purpose was to create a new set of icons but expanded to include a new theme, which included a new cursor, widget and window theme, and sounds. It represents a break with the cartoonish look of previous K Desktop Environment 3 graphics and iconsets, adopting a more photo-realistic style. One of the overall goals of Oxygen was to provide a nice looking desktop that did not distract the user, so the icons and themes use a desaturated color palette. The name Oxygen came from a joke between the developers that they wanted to ”bring a breath of fresh air to the desktop”.

Version Image Description
4.0 KDE 4.0.png Plasma theme is mostly black with white text.
4.1 Dolphin2 KDE4.png KWin decoration features an emboss look.
4.2 KDE 4.2 desktop.png Vertical gradients and use of transparency in Plasma theme when using composite effects, blue tint without compositing. KWin decoration looks more 3-dimensional.
4.3 KDE 4.3 desktop.png A new bright Plasma theme, Air, becomes default.
4.4 Plasma Desktop 4.4.jpg Usability work, like animations for the widget theme.[5] New and reworked icons – mostly for toolbars.[6] Window decoration no longer embossed.
4.5 KDE 4.5 General.png Monochrome icons for Air and Oxygen Plasma themes.
4.6–4.7 The icon set gets reworked file type icons.[7]
Reworked folder icons.[8]

Oxygen Fonts[edit]

Oxygen
Category Sans-serif
Designer(s) Vernon Adams
Commissioned by KDE
Date created December 21, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-12-21)
Date released April 25, 2012 (2012-04-25) (version 0.2[9])
License Open Font License

On December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21) the Oxygen Font sub-project was announced.[10] The first release – version 0.1 – was done a month later.[11] The 0.2 release from April 25, 2012 (2012-04-25) included refinements and added a monospace font.[9]

Standardization[edit]

The Oxygen Project aims to offer standard icons, guidelines and a style guide. It builds on the freedesktop.org Standard Icon Naming Specification and Standard Icon Theme, allowing consistency across applications. There is an ongoing effort for supporting these specifications in different desktops, and by different icon sets and themes, such as the Tango Desktop Project.

People[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KDE Ships Applications and Platform 4.14.1". KDE. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  2. ^ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/KDE
  3. ^ http://www.kubuntu.org/feature-tour
  4. ^ http://en.opensuse.org/Screenshots
  5. ^ http://pinheiro-kde.blogspot.com/2010/02/it-is-done.html
  6. ^ http://pinheiro-kde.blogspot.com/2010/01/very-small-post.html
  7. ^ http://pinheiro-kde.blogspot.com/2010/10/as-long-as-last-but-better.html
  8. ^ http://pinheiro-kde.blogspot.com/2011/08/desktop-sumit-or-paper-planes.html
  9. ^ a b https://projects.kde.org/news/137
  10. ^ http://code.newtypography.co.uk/?p=1906
  11. ^ http://code.newtypography.co.uk/?p=2057