Up, Up and Away!

This will be my last entry for some time. On 1st December I fly to South Africa and will have lots of fun traveling around, learning how to surf, and generally doing all kinds of stupid things for about 3 weeks. After that I will celebrate Christmas with my family and eat Christmas cookies until I cannot move anymore. To get fit again, I have already book my flight to Barcelona where there is a great Aikido class. After celebrating New Year there and eating tons of Tapas I finally get back on 3rd January.

Long story short, don’t expect any response from me until the 4th January.

I am back, and still alive. Yay! 🙂

Major Clearlooks Compact Update

The Clearlooks Compact theme was released just a few days ago, and it already is the highest rated theme at gnome-look.org, out of more than a thousand. I guess the compactness really hit the nerve of lots of Linux users.

This encouraged me to do some further updates, I have incorporated lots of several tips and from the post “Making Eclipse look good on Linux“. The result is a very compact theme that does not waste space if possible.

  • Get Clearlooks Compact here.
  • Vote here if you think its good or bad.

Hope you like it as much as I do

Clearlooks Compact Gnome Theme

I have been using Ubuntu for quite a while now, but one thing I really dislike is that all the themes are huge space wasters compared to Windows XP. This finally got me angry enough to create a customized version of the Clearlooks theme that tries to be very compact but still maintain its beautiful look. I like the result quite a lot, I have been using this theme for more than two weeks now and it works great. It is especially nice for intense applications like Eclipse.

UPDATE: Human Compact Theme for Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) is available!


Move your mouse over the image to see how the dialog looks like with clearlooks-compact. The buttons and spacing are smaller, which results in much more visible space for the actual content.


More Screenshots

Here are some more screenshots that I have taken with Clearlooks Compact enabled. Especially the Eclipse shot is great, there the theme really shines. It is even more compact than the Windows XP look.

Gnome Calculator Gnome File Selector Eclipse with Compact Theme Tracker Search Tool

If you are curious, I have used Tahoma, size 9 for the application font, and the MiscFixed for the sourcecode.

Download & Installation

Installation is extremely simple, in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) you can do it this way:

  1. Click System > Preferences > Appearance.
  2. Drag & drop the link ClearlooksCompact-1.5.tar.bz2 into the Appearence window.

Beware that this is just definition of the Clearlooks control spacings. That means you have to have the clearlooks engine installed (which you most likely have, it is the default theme of Ubuntu). To change back, click on the currently active Theme, choose “Customize”, and select other controls instead of “Clearlooks Compact”.


I will regularly update this page when I update the theme with a new screenshot and the development history:

April 9th, 2009
Version 1.5: a bit smaller checkbox + selection box, less blurry and smaller progress bar.
April 5th, 2009
Version 1.4: added LGPL, index.theme, version number.
April 11th, 2008
Version 1.3: Small panel menu
November 11th, 2007
Version 1.2: Major update: Smaller handlers sizes, smaller scrollbars, no scrollbar spacing, less overall padding, and some more.
November 7th, 2007
Version 1.1: Now even more compact by reducing the default icon size to 16×16 pixels.
November 4th, 2007
Version 1.0: First release of Clearlooks Compact.

New Release of XDCC-Fetch

XDCC-Fetch is a nice little application written in Ruby that is able to download from XDCC bots on IRC. I have updated it to work with fox 1.6, so this should work with the recent Ruby version.


Unfortunately I don’t really have the time nor the interest to continue development for XDCC-Fetch. Please contact me if you are interested to continue development.