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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:  293033
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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 Hmmm ?

 
 by frodoooo on: Jul 11 2007
 
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I'd like to try this BUT :

>>>su -p
(IMPORTANT! You must do 'su' with the '-p' flag in order to preserve your home dir variable while running as superuser)

How can I do this in UBUNTU where I don't know the root password and all I can do is SUDO ???


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 Re: Hmmm ?

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Jul 12 2007
 
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This documentation predates Ubuntu, hence the disparity. That being said, I believe that sudo -s should preserve your home dir as well. Alternately, you can also look up documentation on your flavor of Ubuntu on how to enable su for the root account (although personally I don't think this is a good idea since that may decrease overall security of your system in the long run).

Finally, if you do not wish to mess with these settings, you can always manually copy audio settings into your ~/.kde folder, overwriting current settings. If you do this, please pay close attention into which sub-folder it is supposed to go into as well as make sure to back-up your old file should you desire to go back to original settings. The install script does all this automatically for you but has not been tested with the sudo -s. If I get a chance, I'll test this on my Ubuntu box tomorrow and let you know.

Hope this helps!

Ico


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 Re: Hmmm ?

 
 by sinewalker on: Jul 25 2007
 
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in kubuntu (but should be same for [k|x|.]ubuntu):

sudo -s bash
sh install.sh

worked for me.


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 Re: Hmmm ?

 
 by ehrocha on: Aug 11 2007
 
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just do :

sudo passwd root

change root's password

you'r done


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 thanks

 
 by aleee on: Jul 5 2009
 
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this worked 4 me...


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 Re: Hmmm ?

 
 by yossarianuk on: Sep 20 2007
 
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You can assign a root password in ubuntu by typing:-

sudo passwd root

- type your password then the one you want for root.


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 Clipping

 
 by menoxy on: Jul 20 2007
 
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There is some major clipping going on with the logout sound. I think this might have to do with the effects. You should be able to fix this with a limiter or compressor.

Other than that I love the sounds. Keep it up!

Also, with Ubuntu you can change the root password by:

sudo su
passwd


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 Re: Clipping

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Jul 22 2007
 
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Actually, there should be no clipping, or I should say it's not there in the Wav file (and as logic suggests, it shouldn't be in the ogg conversion either). I re-tested the files last time someone reported this and found that as expected they were close but nonetheless below the treshold that would make them distort. I noticed, however, that on certain notebook drivers 100% loudness distorts pretty much everything and in some cases KDE tends to do funny things at logon as far as volume is concerned (I don't recall any problems at logout, though). That being said, I have not tried latest versions of ALSA or KDE, so please take this with a grain of salt.

Hope this helps!

Ico


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 Re: Clipping

 
 by sinewalker on: Jul 25 2007
 
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I found on my SoundBlaster Live (VE) that PCM volume needed to be brought down to around 75% to avoid clipping with these sounds.

However I also got occasional clipping from DVDs etc., so I put it down to the digital amp in the hardware...


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 gnome sounds

 
 by abrichr on: Jul 22 2007
 
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any plans for porting this over to gnome? or is there any way to get it to work with gnome?


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 Re: gnome sounds

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Jul 24 2007
 
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There are definitely plans to implement this. Currently, you can simply associate manually sounds as you like using Gnome sound settings.

That being said, I am still waiting on Gnome to implement ability to import sound themes. Last time I checked this was not possible, but that may have changed since. If you know of a place/way to import all sounds at once overriding current settings, I'll gladly provide a suggested theme. Otherwise, I am afraid the only way to import this into Gnome at this point is to manually configure individual sounds.

Hope this helps!

Ico


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 Re: Re: gnome sounds

 
 by zborgerd on: Dec 24 2007
 
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We use these great sounds with Dropline GNOME and everyone loves them.

http://umn.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/dropline-gnome/borealis-sounds-0.9a-noarch-1dl.tgz

Frankly, I find that they are a much better sound set than the GNOME default sounds (which I loathe). Borealis sounds great, and it really helps us achieve the "look and feel" that we wish to have on Dropline GNOME.

It is as you say though - GNOME still does not support multiple sound themes, so we simply omit the GNOME defaults and use these instead. GNOME also uses fewer sounds, so you unfortunately cannot use every single one of the great Borealis sounds at one time.

Thanks for putting together such a great sound set! I think that GNOME should use these as the defaults.


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 License

 
 by hadessuk on: Mar 4 2008
 
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Before those sounds can be used in GNOME, the license would need to be fixed. It says: "You may not use these sounds in any non GPL-ed or LGPL-ed software/OS for profit-making purposes."

This means that people using proprietary GTK+ apps (Acroread, VMWare, etc.) for their work can't use your sounds.

Something like a Creative Commons license would be more fitting, or at least an explanation of what uses of the sounds you're trying to avoid.

PS: Tried to e-mail you, but didn't get an answer.


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 Re: License

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Mar 20 2008
 
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Hello,

Just noticed your question. Please allow me to clarify. The license does not prevent you from using the sounds within the Gnome environment even if you have Acroread and/or other non-(L)GPL-ed software installed on your computer because these sounds would not be associated with those particular software packages. Gnome is GPL-ed and therefore compatible with the sound theme license, including their inclusion and free redistribution provided that the credit is given where credit is due. The sounds, however, may not be integrated into a non-(L)GPL-ed software such as Acroread. If you wish to use sounds for a project that is non-(L)GPL compliant, please contact me for licensing options.

On a side-note, if you do opt for using the sounds as part of an (L)GPL-compatible software, I would greatly appreciate it if you would please let me know.

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Ico


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 Re: Re: License

 
 by hadessuk on: Mar 20 2008
 
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The problem is that, if your sounds are used as system sounds, we can't say whether a proprietary app will "use" them.

Is there any chance for you to choose a Creative Commons license such as http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ to avoid interpretation problems.

Or could you tell us whether using your sounds as part of gnome-audio would be OK with you?


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 Re: Re: Re: License

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Mar 21 2008
 
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DOH! I just realized that I already changed the license for the theme's inclusion into the UbuntuStudio project as the default theme some time ago. So, hopefully this makes things a bit easier.

As always, if you opt for using the theme, please do not forget to give credit where credit is due and link to my homepage which is ico.bukvic.net.

Many thanks!


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 License

 
 by hadessuk on: Mar 21 2008
 
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A few of your sounds are now used in the default GNOME sound theme. Download gnome-audio on the GNOME website for more bits :)

Thanks!


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 Re: License

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Mar 27 2008
 
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Thanks! :-)

Best wishes,

Ico


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 great sound designer

 
 by bluebacco on: Mar 25 2008
 
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i think a couple of these sounds (the longest ones) are the best systemsounds on gnome-look.org.

Thanks a lot!


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 Re: great sound desi

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: Mar 27 2008
 
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Many thanks for your kind words!

Best wishes,

Ico


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 Update

 
 by beojan on: Apr 26 2008
 
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When do you next plan to update this sound scheme?


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 Re: Update

 
 by SlipStreamScapes on: May 14 2008
 
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Hi,

I am not sure. I want to add more but my life has become awfully busy. For what it's worth, what may help nudge the project along is to have specific sound events that may require attention.

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Ico


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