Tango Desktop Project

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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.

The current state of the the desktop...

Collage of various applications, all with different themes

The free 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?

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 icon sets.

Preview of the Tango Icon Library

Tango defines a standard icon style guidelines that applications or desktop enviroments can adhere to. Work has started on creating a new base icon theme based on a standard icon naming specification. We provide transition utilities to create icon themes for GNOME and KDE desktops in the meantime.

Eventually, the Tango Desktop initiative aims to provide:

What benefits can users expect?

  • Consistency across all the apps on all the desktops.
  • One theme to rule theme all, one theme to bind them.
  • Nice default look, out of the box.


We plan to target:

It would be nice to also include Wine, Java (AWT/Swing), and other applications and toolkits.

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.