I’m sorry, I heard Linux was ugly but I can’t seem to reproduce that. Can anyone help?

Haha, and I of course had to leave Synergy running with its ugly ass non-consistent icon in the icon bar to disprove my own statement ;)

(The problem with Linux isn’t incompetence, it’s inconsistency.)

I had a friend see my Linux computer and she acted all surprised that it looked like a modern desktop. I think she expected a single blinking green cursor. 😂

@aral Move the themes on ~/.themes and icons on ~/.icons . I don't know what problem do you have, seems hes using POP_OS themes.
OS ->
Theme ->
POP_OS Theme ->
POP_OS Icons ->
I recommend you to install ohmyz ->
With those plugins:
Highlighting ->
Autosuggestions ->

And Starship prompt ->

@blkpws ohmyzsh is bloat and adds another point of failure... better to configure zsh once yourself.

@brad I suppose I can install those plugins manually without ohmyzsh, they are very useful.

@aral There's a bigger issue with the icon bar than the colored icon; the spacing between icons is inconsistent. 10px on the right group, 20px on the left group, and close to 30px for the middle icons. It's perfectly usable, but it looks a bit wonky.

@aral the inconsistency is merely the squealing noise of the hobgoblins of authoritarianism fleeing the body

...this is the only topic where I have a different view ... I'm absolutely fine with aesthetics, unless they get in the way of usability. The drive to have all icons on a desktop use the same two colours and outline makes all icons look the same. I much prefer diverse shapes and colours, consistent even across platforms, because then I can recognize them better, quicker, and independent of what the designer for desktop X thinks ("upstream problem...?")

...which, again ... I understand the need for consistency, nice layout, ordering pens by colours and parallel to the desk edge and all that. I've got that too. But in my case it takes the form of "I've used icon set x for years in software y, so why do they change it?" The old KDE 3.5 icons were certainly not pretty, but they sure were memorable. Now I get a choice of several abstract monochrome squiggles, and months later I still spend half a second each before I know what's what.

@aral ok looks like this is your desktop already xD

@aral too many colors, and transparency basically never looks good, but I have looked at a lot of desktop screenshots over the years and grown picky!

@aral have you seen the process monitor someone wrote entirely in bash

it looks better than most GUI programs

@aral It probably came from someone who was in a coma the last 20 years...

@aral but why did you have to replace the OS #ASCIIArt in #neofetch with your wallpaper though?

ASCII Art, especially of OS icons are nice. Of course, it's a preference.

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