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  • Libadwaita: Splitting GTK and Design Language
    3 projects | | 3 Jun 2024
    To me this is enough reason to not use it as a UI library. Imagine not having working scrolling... Oh wait, it's still going!

    But the bugs don't stop there! GTK4 has had trouble with drag and drop support, since Nautilus' (the file manager) port to GTK4, it completely broke DnD support of File Roller (the archive manager). Now that File Roller got updated to GTK4 the problem surely got fixed, right? NO! In fact, now File Roller broke DnD for every program!

    You really have to be bad to ship very broken features to an increasingly bigger user base. Even KDE's recent port to QT6 had less bugs!

    Another thing that annoys me is the lack of customization. Back in GTK3 days all you needed was a GTK theme, even GNOME's Libhandy could get themed without problems. It got to a point where developers did a nothingburger note on customization . That didn't stop anyone.

    Now you need to know what themes support GTK4 and what theming hack to run on it, and don't get me started on theming Flatpak...

    GTK4 never got proper support for theming, making the unreliable hacking methods the only way to theme it, without modifying the program's source. Now it ships in production with Ubuntu 24.04 (they did the right call to avoid GTK4 in 22.04 by rolling back some programs). The closest thing to an "official" theming is the Gradience program

    It's specially bad and annoying, with barely any good themes that support Libadwaita, it got to the point i developed a small program to simplify theming of Linux, called Iris .

    The other and probably most important roadblock for GTK is that it still lacks support for mobile devices, making the big strength of adaptable design it has go to waste. Nobody is going to buy a Linux phone.

    Overall, GTK and GNOME are very lackluster and im pretty sure that i will avoid that toolkit like the plague. All that Libadwaita does is to lock people into GNOME's design, even if you don't like it.

  • The KDE desktop gets an overhaul with Plasma 6
    8 projects | | 29 Feb 2024
    If your main problem with Adwaita are the colors, you can easily customize them, and there are even great GUI tools for this[1]

    My issue with Breeze aren't the default colors, but rather the theme itself


  • Chicago95 – Windows 95 Theme for Linux
    4 projects | | 30 Jul 2023
    I really like GTK4 / Adwaita and dislike the look and feel of QT, but I guess that's just personal preference.

    You can change the colors of Adwaita using it even has a mode to extract colors from your background like current android versions

  • Intellij idea's new interface is really nice.
    7 projects | /r/gnome | 24 Jun 2023
    Application Theme : adw-gtk-3 with Gradience
  • Using extensions to improve Gnome workflow
    5 projects | /r/gnome | 3 Jun 2023
    This might be an alternative for now -
  • gnome user themes
    1 project | /r/linux | 17 May 2023
    if the app is using libadwaita you cannot modify the css, you can use gradience to set custom colours though, but it is not the same as modifying the css
  • How much or little do you prefer to customize Fedora (GNOME) via extensions?
    5 projects | /r/Fedora | 15 May 2023
    For everything else I use the only tool available for properly configuring GNOME: dconf-editor. At this transitional time, managing themes is a challenge, but I like Gradience.
  • looking for a gtk theme with dark purple color scheme
    4 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 12 May 2023
    You could also use themix or Gradience
  • Accent color change
    2 projects | /r/Fedora | 7 May 2023
    Try .
  • Files application not using theme
    3 projects | /r/gnome | 29 Apr 2023
    You've tried Nord from Gradience ?
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