Today at the Gnome Summit in Boston in the MIT Stata Centre, Jakub Steiner of Novell and I announced the Tango Project. We’ve been working on it for a few months now, just getting the basics figured out before we started bragging.
The Tango Project is a collaborative effort of a variety of free/open-source software designers and artists to work towards unifying the visual style of the free (mostly Linux) desktop.
To start, we have:
- Base Icon Library – Most of the work here has been done by Jakub Steiner. It’s a beautiful icon set that aims to be relatively at-home on Windows, Mac OS X, and define a strong base style for the Linux desktop.
- Style Guide – A work in progress, the Tango style guide works to create a color scheme and other key visual guidelines for creating Tango-style icons.
- Standard Icon Naming Specification – Rodney Dawes has done much of the work to get a common icon naming specification to make it possible to create an icon theme that can work on a variety of different platforms (Gnome, KDE, etc.). There are utilities to map the new Tango icons to the existing icon names on current Gnome and KDE systems.
It’s been fun to participate on the Tango project. I hope others join us and help make the free desktop (more) beautiful.