Tango Desktop Project

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What is the Tango Desktop Project?

Tango Desktop Project exists to create a consistent user experience for Open Source software.

In addtion to the information below, we have a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and also a page covering what Tango is not.

The current state of things...

Collage of various applications, all with different themes

The Open Source desktop is made up of several different applications: Mozilla Firefox, Evolution, OpenOffice.org, Konqueror, and so forth... Typically, several of these applications are used at the same time on a normal user's desktop. Currently, as each application has a different toolkit and may belong to different desktop frameworks, there's a good chance that a user's desktop may look and behave in a different way, creating a less than stellar experience.

How will Tango save the day?

The Tango Desktop initiative plans to provide:

  • A subsystem to help standardize toolkits on a common look and feel
  • A default native look (including widgets and a window manager theme) for the subsystem, although we envision many 3rd party themes to be made as well
  • A complete, standard set of application, mimetype, and stock icons
  • Development of a new, cross-desktop HIG (Humane Interface Guidelines)
  • Recommendations, suggestions, and other standards


What benefits can users expect?

It would be nice to also include:


What is here today?


Who is involved?

We already have a number of key members from the Open Source community, notably many free desktop engineers, artists, and user interface designers.

We'd also 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.

Several organizations are helping to guide the project too...

  • Novell (initiated the project)
  • Mozilla Foundation