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GNU IceCat KDE
GNU IceCat KDE
Wed, 10 Mar 2010 07:06:47 -0300
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[beware, very long email ahead]
I'm a KDE user and I was trying to make GNU IceCat integrate better with my
desktop environment. I had heard about the openSuse patches that seemed to
accomplish this so I looked for them and proceeded to patch the sources and
compile xulrunner and GNU IceCat. I probably did this some 8 or 9 times
(yeah... I'm not kidding). There was some sort of bug that prevented me from
doing make install on GNU IceCat (the bug wasn't on GNU IceCat itself -or at
least I don't think it was-, but on the patched sources). But at least the
compilation was working (even if I couldn't make install) and I got to try
The supposed benefits of these patches are that you get a nice KDE dialog when
you have to pick a file (as in "file > open"), KDE proxy configuration,
buttons on the right side (Gnome has them backwards!) and I think that was
about it, but I'm probably forgetting something.
I managed to get some of these things to work. The proxy part was a complete
failure and I had to ditch that patch because it made the compilation fail.
The things that worked weren't worth all the effort of compiling, but I
figured that if I found a way to automatize this, then there could be binaries
for KDE available in GNUzilla. The sad thing is that these patches break a lot
of other stuff: "save as" doesn't work anymore (some problem with openDesktop,
according to the debugging console), and the "save image" option is missing. I
found that the benefits weren't enough to outweigh the problems.
But I didn't give up. On my search for an integrated GNU IceCat KDE I found a
couple of addons and configurations that would help you make your GNU IceCat
look almost as a native app.
The first step is getting the Oxygen theme  which is GPL. This theme has
the particularity of changing your "about" image for a nice picture of Kongi
with the Firefox panda... which is unacceptable for us! So I decided to work
on my GIMP skills (yes, I use GIMP and not Krita... so what?) and I came up
with a nice logo for GNU IceCat KDE . To replace the Firefox branding just
look for the "preview.png" and "about.png" files in your ~/.gnuzilla folder.
If you have more than one of those files, just look for the Konqi one. Konqi
is LGPL, so this nice image I put together is freedom compliant.
Okay, next thing is to get some GNU IceCat and KWallet integration: Just go
get the addon for KWallet  and be happy. This addon is GPL (I wish that
kde-look and kde-apps specified the version of the licenses...).
The last addon that I'm going to introduce today is called PlasmaNotify 
and it's perfect to replace those ugly GTK boxes for beautiful KDE Plasma
notifications when your downloads are completed. This addon is GPLv3, but I
had to contact the author to find that out because I couldn't see it anywhere
else  (just look at the comments).
And, for the final touch, you can still have nonGTK file chooser dialogs
without patching GNU IceCat sources! They are not KDE file choosers, but they
are good enough (they look like the OpenOffice.org KDE integration, which is
very Qtesque). I found this out in the Oxygen theme page at Mozilla: Enter
"about:config" in the address bar, look for the
"ui.allow_platform_file_picker" key and change its value to "false".
If you follow all these steps your browser will look really pretty 
Sorry for the long email, hopefully it will be worth it to make some KDE users
Enjoy your GNU IceKat!
ps: I just realized that the name of this list is "bug-gnuzilla" and none of
these were GNU IceCat bugs!
pps: I'm having some ISP problems, so if the files on
http://leorockway.com.ar/icecat/ are not available, try again later.
#rmsgnulinux @ irc.freenode.net
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