Icons

I’m very unhappy with the situation of icons in Linux.

When I started using Linux around ten years ago, it seemed like every application had it’s own way of adding an application icon. Nowadays, it seems like most applications use the standard FreeDesktop.org method, but a few don’t, or something. I don’t know. All I know is, I always end up with a few applications that have icons that either look horribly out of place or simply just don’t exist.

Haiku is another open source operating system. It has beautiful icons compared to any other operating system, and I think there are a few reasons for that:

  1. The one and only Haiku API encourages software developers to use the official method of adding an application icon.
  2. All of the other icons in Haiku look so nice that, if you don’t make a beautiful icon for your application, it will stick out like an ugly application icon.
  3. There’s hardly any software for Haiku at the moment.

Anyway, I recently started using the Fluxbox window manager. I chose it because it has a clean and simple user interface, and I can disable all application icons.

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