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"Borealis" sound theme

  

System Sounds

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"Borealis" sound theme
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Link:  http://ico.bukvic.net
Downloads:  294066
Submitted:  May 12 2004
Updated:  Nov 14 2004

Description:

KDE Sound theme "Borealis"
Version 0.9a (11/14/2004)
by Ivica Ico Bukvic (SlipStreamScapes)
ico at bukvic dot net
http://ico.bukvic.net
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=12584


OVERVIEW
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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!


LICENSE
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See below.


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

INSTALL
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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.


UNINSTALL
=========
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!

Enjoy!




LicenseCreative Commons by-sa
(Sound Theme (wav files) ~15.2MB)
(Sound Theme (ogg files) ~2.7MB)
(Preview old startup sound with beat (~400KB ogg))
(Preview NEW startup sound (~450KB ogg))
(Preview NEW exit sound (~400KB ogg))
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 More?

 
 by decept on: Feb 21 2006
 
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Any plans to add more sounds?
Need more of this cosmic aural delight!


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 Re: More?

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Feb 22 2006
 
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Yes! There are definitely plans to expand the collection, it's just a matter of finding time to do so. (-: It is my hope to have 1.0 version ready in the next couple of weeks, but I won't make any promises...

Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement, though!

Best wishes,

Ico


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 Very good!

 
 by Malax on: May 2 2006
 
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I love it! Keep up the good work! :)


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 great!

 
 by spktkpkt on: Jul 28 2006
 
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great sounds...keep them comming!


...cup is empty!
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 How to restore?

 
 by miga on: Aug 26 2006
 
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I like very much that sounds, but i have a doubt, How can i restore my old system sounds?

Great job, and thanks


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 Re: How to restore?

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Aug 27 2006
 
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Hi,

You should be able to simply go into the KDE control center and under system alerts press "Default" for all of the altered categories. That ought to do it.

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Ico


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 Forgot to add...

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Dec 2 2006
 
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The aforementioned fix is in the case the uninstall script that is provided with the package proves for whatever reason not to work. If latter happens to be the case, I would appreciate it if you would please inform me, so that I can make appropriate fixes.

Best wishes,

Ico


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 Great Work!

 
 by azaghal on: Oct 10 2006
 
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The only reason I registered was because I wanted to tell you how good job you have done. PLEASE, add some more sounds!


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 =)

 
 by tuxcayc on: Dec 24 2006
 
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HI!

good job! i remembered the new startup sound... it seems that your sounds are included in some linux distros.

bye


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 Re: =)

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Dec 24 2006
 
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Many thanks for your interest in "Borealis." I must admit that I am intrigued by your comment. Do you mind telling me which distros are actually using my theme? Please feel free to e-mail me off-list if you like.

Many thanks!

Best wishes,

Ico


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