RFC: Wine Icons

Branan Riley branan at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 11:46:19 CST 2008

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On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 5:54 AM, Joel Holdsworth
<joel at airwebreathe.org.uk> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I notice that some of Wine's icons have been changed in recent releases.
> In principle I think updating the icons is a great idea, but right now I
> gotta say that icons in Wine are a real disaster.
> Take a look here: http://www.airwebreathe.org.uk/icons.png
> This is a screenshot of the shell folder select dialog. Out of those
> icons My Documents looks the least broken - with it's wannabe 98/ME/2000
> styling. Desktop, "/", My Computer and Trash look like they've been
> taken from large icons which have shrunk - badly, and with a broken
> alpha channel. And the new golden Folder icons look completely out of
> place - they bear no resemblance to anything else, they've been scaled
> down poorly, they don't look like Windows icons, and they don't fit in
> with the Gnome desktop (and I can't imagine they'd look good in KDE or
> on Mac either).
> I'd really like for Wine to start using icons from the Tango project, or
> similar. The purpose of Tango was to create a set of icons that are
> clear to see, and look good on Windows, Gnome, KDE, and MacOS. Surely
> that's exactly what we want?
> Note that ReactOS is using Tango, and it seems to be working out pretty
> well for them!
> Any comments on that?
> Best Regards
> Joel Holdsworth

The problem with hardcoding Tango is that it won't necessarily match
the user's desktop.

On Linux and FreeBSD, I'd suggest finding a way to detect the current
icon theme (perhaps determine which desktop environment is running,
then read the config file for that desktop?) and use the
freedesktop.org icon names and the XDG_DATA_DIRS variable to locate
the icons. This wouldn't work on KDE3 (which doesn't use the
freedesktop spec). In that case I would say fall back to the hicolor

On Mac, you should use the native mac icons, but that might not work
to do Obj-C issues (I know nothing about mac programming, so maybe
there's a way to get native icons without Obj-C?).

This way, when theming is implemented, the icons and the theme will
both match the user's desktop environment. It's more complicated than
just implementing Tango, but visually it makes more sense.


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