New user saying hi

Chris Barnard chris.barnard at
Tue Aug 12 17:31:19 CEST 2008

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert William Hutton" <rwh at>
> chris.barnard at wrote:
>> I've bought a Neo Freerunner and debug board - all looks pretty good so
>> far. This is my first real use of Linux and I'm beginning to feel like
>> I'm throwing myself off the deep end a bit, but I'm a self-taught
> Congrats on making it this far.  Believe me when I say that as a
> programmer you might find it difficult to go back to whatever non-unixy
> OS you used to use.  It's addictive. ;)

Thanks, it must be pretty addictive as I was up until gone 3am messing 
around with the thing! I was a bit late to work this morning ;)

>> What really interested me about this project however was the possibility
>> that I might be able to get into the user interface development a bit. I
>> have a few ideas for a mobile GUI that I'd like to put into practice. So
> I think you should probably get started with "themes".  In the various
> windowing toolkits that are in use there are themes that control how
> widgets are drawn and such.  For example, the GTK theme files are here:
> /usr/share/themes/Moko/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
> See this ML post:
> There should be similar mechanisms for theming the other toolkits, such
> as qtopia somewhere as well.

Thanks for this.. I'm finding it a bit difficult to get to the right 
information at the moment, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.

> So, that allows you to control the appearance of the existing widgets
> and such.  Next you'll need to actually start changing the code of the
> apps that actually draw the widgets.  You'll need to download the
> development environment and start looking at the code.  Which is beyond
> my abilities right now, but there is a bit of info floating around on
> the ML and in the wiki about getting this all set up.
> HTH! :)
> Cheers,
> Rob
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