I've tested and tried many GTK+ Themes, but found the one that ease on the eyes the most is still the oldest CDE-Solaris Theme:

CDE-Solaris Theme

I believe this color combination has been carefully engineered exactly for the purpose to make people comfortable staring at the monitor for a prolonged time, and apparently more people agree with that:

This is definitely one of the best themes around.

However the CDE-Solaris Theme I am able to find is only available in GTK2.

Anyone knows if a GTK3 version is available somewhere? If not, is there any GTK3 Theme that is close to such color combination? (I'm not interested in the shinny bell&whistles that comes with the theme, but its color combination instead). Thx.

  • I'm still looking for olvwm for Solaris 11. What do you need CDE's eye candy and massively intrusive menus and icon bars for? :-) – Andrew Henle Jun 27 '17 at 11:42
  • @AndrewHenle, no actually, I don't like those eye candy and massively intrusive menus and icon bars either. The only thing I like is the color combination, which makes my eyes comfortable. – xpt Jun 27 '17 at 19:16

Take a look at HP-UXMotif theme:

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as well as Belle Pintos Grande:

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  • Oh thanks, that "Belle Pintos Grande" looks really beautify. Finally something that I can make use out of the box without tweaking. THX! – xpt Jul 17 '18 at 19:26
  • @xpt There’s also the real CDE theme. – Bass Jul 17 '18 at 22:07

The closest thing I've seen so far are the Mist themes, except for the purpleness. But maybe there's a version like this.

But the gtk3 version I've found somewhere is kind of buggy, I had to blend it with Albatross' assets (pngs for checkboxes) and some css, otherwise some checkboxes wouldn't appear unless ticked.

Bluecurve and onestepback perhaps are worth a look:


But neither of those have these colors. Unfortunately gtk theming is messy as hell and doesn't even separate colors from themes.

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  • I agree with every bit of what you are saying, especially that "gtk theming is messy as hell". Thx, and welcome aboard BTW, with my +25. – xpt Jul 12 '17 at 15:26
  • +1 for gtk theming is messy as hell – Bass Jul 17 '18 at 12:47

The only thing I like is the color combination, which makes my eyes comfortable

Just use this tool https://www.opendesktop.org/p/1013373/ and pick the colors from your screenshot :-)

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  • Good tool, but, "the command 'bash gnomecc2gtk3css.sh' will convert config.xml to config.css - the file config.xml is updated everytime the Apply button from gnome-color-chooser is clicked...", Nah, too much hassle to use. – xpt Jul 14 '17 at 15:36
  • I believe you first use gnome-color-chooser and any gtk2 program to see the end result, and only at the end you run converter to create gtk3 theme from it. – gpyra Jul 20 '17 at 6:50
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