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I recently started a question where I wanted to know how to run the most minimal Linux desktop (Use gnu-screen and X instead of desktop environment?). And the conclusion was that I would need a window manager which would handle all the different windows and switching between them. Since using screen and X was not enough.

The closest thing I could find to have different windows/screens and only have the gui of the application running was ratpoison. It reminds me alot of the workflow of using screen to have multiple instances to switch between. Also it could do window splitting which could be convenient.

The only thing I see as a downside is the look of the gui of the applications which uses an gui. For example if I launch firefox, it uses some kind of default window chrome and icons.

What I want to know is how do I change this to use other icons and window chrome? Is it done via X or ratpoison? Or is there anywhere else I can change this?

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Most programs use either Qt or GTK+ toolkit to render the GUI. Each come with different themes, styles and icon sets by default but ultimately it's up to the programs. Java for example has like three major GUI toolkits with its own default style setting. –  micke Jan 10 '12 at 16:48
    
I see. So how does other desktop environments do it? For example running Ubuntu with Gnome, all window chrome, scrollbars, buttons etc. all look the same. –  rzetterberg Jan 10 '12 at 19:37
    
    
Perfect, thank you for the resources! If you write the first comment as an answer and the links I'll be happy to accept and upvote it. –  rzetterberg Jan 10 '12 at 23:08
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Most programs use either Qt or GTK+ toolkit to render the GUI. Each come with different themes, styles and icon sets by default but ultimately it's up to the programs.
Java for example has like three major GUI toolkits with its own default style setting.

Good resources:

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Great, thanks very much! :) –  rzetterberg Jan 11 '12 at 7:24
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