This bird can dance!

Thunderbird can finally do the Tango

For a long time Thunderbird has been using the same theme for Linux and Windows, resulting in an ugly and out of place Linux theme.  However now Magnus has a patch is up to create a gnomestripe theme space.  Magnus already moved Thunderbird menus over to using the gtk stock icons.

Here’s a screenshot (courtesy of Michael Monreal) of Thunderbird using the desktop icon spec.

Now we can start the move over to using the Tango icon set!

20 responses to “This bird can dance!

  1. Simply, userChrome.css is your friend ;) .

  2. Wow, that looks *way* better! Thunderbird’s ugliness on Linux hasn’t bothered me much (consciously, at least), but this is a very welcome improvement!

  3. ethana2

    If I install thunderbird and put in my gmail and password, is it going to work or ask me a bunch of random questions I don’t know the answers to?
    Right now I just stick to the gmail web interface, but I’d like to be able to use mailto: links and stuff, so I’m kind of looking for a mail client I guess..

  4. @ethana2: Yeah, there’s a wizard for gmail accounts, it’s pretty straight-forward. Try it out!

    If you prefer the web interface, though, I recommend installing the GMail Manager Firefox extension…it lets you manage multiple gmail accounts, get notifications of new mail, and will handle mailto: links in Firefox.

  5. louise

    Impressive how much a difference icons make.

    This is awesome!!

  6. And only one month after I move to personal webmail and make a Tango icon set for RoundCube…

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  8. Urbano


    Excelent work.

    Great seeing TB3 getting shape!

  9. That looks really good – I can’t wait! Ever since Firefox got a nice theme a few months ago, I’ve been wondering when this would happen.

  10. Aaron Strontsman

    Very cool. Mozilla 1.9’s GTK+ integration + a good Tango theme = Seems like visually, all comes together.

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  12. I hope that Scrolling won’t be slow as hell as in Tb 2, see bug: and related bugs

  13. Vadim P.

    Thanks! This kind of visual integration is quite important to me.

  14. thankss yourss verf good

  15. Impressive how much a difference icons make.

    This is awesome!!

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  17. Thank you. i will share this article on my blog.

  18. Thanks! This kind of visual integration is quite important to me.

  19. I was always Thunderbird’s fan. I’m almost migrated to Thunderbird from outlook after the slow operation of outlook on my machnie.

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