Murrine gaia is a compact and minimalistic GTK theme for the GNOME desktop environment.
I want to make this point clear. This theme (except for scrollbars/progressbars which work perfectly in all programs i've used) uses murrine engine, and therefore has all the capabilities and works whenever murrine works. So, its not lacking of features nor effects nor anything, it just looks simple!. Its very important the choice of an engine when developing any theme. I bet anyone can make an EXTREMELLY NICE LOOKING theme using pixmap engine, but pixmap engine its not consistent as murrine or other engines, so that's why i decided to choose murrine.
If you take a look at the screenshots the first thing that will take your attention are the progressbars and the ranges. This is important! In a movie/music player the range that indicates the position of the file you are reproducing is one of the most important stuff (the others being toolbar buttons and that's upto your choice of a icon-theme to make them contrast!). Also, the same happens with progressbars when downloading stuff or doing file operations.
If you erase that part of the screenshot, and look at the tabs (notebooks) you can see that you can easily tell what is the active tab and what are the inactive ones and this is very important to keep in mind.
Buttons, combos, etc. If your monitor is setting properly (be carefull) you will be able to see them at once, besides they are more compact than in other themes.
Scrollbars... i don't use them, but i put some effort and they look consistent. They are small, really, so this can be a problem for a lot of users. But... there is no universal theme and this one is no exception! If someone want larger/more accesible scrollbars.. well, just use murrine engine and it will be consistent (i promise!)
How to install?
· Right click on your desktop and select Change Desktop Background
· Click on the first tab: Theme
· Drag and drop the theme's archive in the Appearance Preferences window.
· If everything is OK, you will receive a confirmation message and you can activate the theme just by clicking on it.
GNOME is an international effort to build a complete desktop environment—the graphical user interface which sits on top of a computer operating system—entirely from free software. This goal includes creating software development frameworks, selecting application software for the desktop, and working on the programs which manage application launching, file handling, and window and task management.
GNOME is part of the GNU Project and can be used with various Unix-like operating systems, most notably Linux, and as part of Java Desktop System in Solaris.
The name originally stood for GNU Network Object Model Environment, though this acronym is deprecated. The GNOME project puts heavy emphasis on simplicity, usability, and making things “just work”.
· Murrine GTK+ engine