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"Borealis" sound theme


System Sounds

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"Borealis" sound theme

Link:  http://ico.bukvic.net
Downloads:  297601
Submitted:  May 12 2004
Updated:  Nov 14 2004


KDE Sound theme "Borealis"
Version 0.9a (11/14/2004)
by Ivica Ico Bukvic (SlipStreamScapes)
ico at bukvic dot net

The goal of this sound theme is to provide "better feel" through use of the subtle aural notifications. The test I always have in my mind while designing the desktop sounds is to imagine having half-dozen (or more) computer stations in the same office or studio and consider whether their simultaneous use (and resulting desktop sounds) would pose as distraction on users and their productivity. Therefore, in order to minimize the "distraction factor" this theme associates many of the common desktop events with brief, mostly non-pitched, but nonetheless pleasing sound sources (a.k.a. effects).

All of the sounds included have been composed (if applicable), recorded, and mastered by me (although a few of them bear resemblance to other OS's sounds). Some of them are leftovers from my previous compositional and production endeavors, while others are entirely new creations.

All sounds are designed and mixed at CD-quality (stereo, 16-bit, 44.1KHz). Ogg version is distributed as 192Kbit stereo files.

Thank you for your interest!

See below.

*Includes sounds for:
*KDE System Notifications
*KDE Sysguard
*Proxy configuration
*K3b (missing 1 sound)
*4 startup sounds
*2 exit sounds
*Automated installer and uninstaller (KDE 3.x)

IMPORTANT! installer has been tested only with KDE 3.x series.

Borealis comes with an automated install shellscript making the install a simple 2-step process:

1) Untar the package:
tar -jxvf Borealis_sound_theme-VERSION.tar.bz2

2) Install the theme:
cd Borealis/
su -p
(IMPORTANT! You must do 'su' with the '-p' flag in order to preserve your home dir variable while running as superuser)
sh install.sh

At this point simply follow the on-screen instructions and in a couple moments it should be all ready to go.

Optionally, you may also want to disable animation of minimizing/restoring windows as the theme sounds associated with these actions in my opinion work better when the animation is disabled. You can adjust this setting in the KControl -> LookNFeel -> Window Behavior -> Moving tab -> Animate minimize and Restore option.

To uninstall Borealis theme simply use the uninstall.sh script included in the tarball:

sh uninstall.sh

Your votes, comments, and suggestions are most welcome and appreciated. Thanks!


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 Ubuntu Studio

 by danopia on: Nov 20 2010
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It looks like Ubuntu Studio uses this sound theme for 10.10. I noticed a few sounds were the same as I have now, then I played the startup sound and there was no mistaking it :)

Daniel Lamando
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 I can't get it to install

 by cbarnett2486 on: Jan 3 2011
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I downloaded it and then went to the terminal and typed in everything you said to type in, but it gives me error messages and doesn't continue... Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Christopher Barnett
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 by AlexandrosGR on: Jan 4 2011
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What errors you get?

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Deleted because of bad score


 Re: gnome

 by amoebios on: Sep 27 2011
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I'm viewing this on KDE-Look.org. The openDesktop project is meant for all, and content that applies to more than one environment (like mouse themes or system sounds) is shared across the site and will be displayed on KDE-Look, GNOME-Look and Xfce-Look.org

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