Tango Desktop Project
What is the Tango Desktop Project?
The Tango Desktop Project exists to create a consistent user experience for free and Open Source software with graphical user interfaces.
While the look and feel of an application is determined by many components the initial work has been done on unifying the look of the individual icon sets.
Tango defines a standard icon style guidelines document that applications and desktop enviroments can adhere to. Work has started on creating a new base icon theme based on a standard icon naming specification. In addition, we provide transition utilities to create icon themes for existing GNOME and KDE desktops.
Eventually, the Tango Desktop initiative aims to provide:
- A specified default native look.
- A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common look and feel.
- A complete, standard set of application, mimetype, and stock icons to build upon a style guide.
- Cross-desktop humane interface guidelines.
Who is involved?
We are engineers, artists, and user interface designers. We'd like you to be involved.
Join us in our effort to produce a native Linux look and feel by contributing to the guidelines, improve applications (by making them follow specs, etc.), design artwork, and spread the word.
Interested contributors from Gnome, KDE, and other free and open source projects are all welcome. We invite anyone working on software to follow the specifications defined here, as well as on FreeDesktop.org.
You can file bugs against the tango module in the freedesktop.org bugzilla in case it's related to the style guideline or the actual icon library.
Style guideline matters, artistic workflows and all other artistic aspects of the Tango projects can be discussed in the Tango-artits mailing list. The naming spec matters are best discussed on the xdg mailing list.
The Tango icons are licensed under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license. The palette is public domain, it can be used and distributed freely. Developers, feel free to ship it along with your application.