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"Borealis" sound theme


System Sounds

Score 73%
"Borealis" sound theme

Link:  http://ico.bukvic.net
Downloads:  300730
Submitted:  May 12 2004
Updated:  Nov 14 2004


KDE Sound theme "Borealis"
Version 0.9a (11/14/2004)
by Ivica Ico Bukvic (SlipStreamScapes)
ico at bukvic dot net

The goal of this sound theme is to provide "better feel" through use of the subtle aural notifications. The test I always have in my mind while designing the desktop sounds is to imagine having half-dozen (or more) computer stations in the same office or studio and consider whether their simultaneous use (and resulting desktop sounds) would pose as distraction on users and their productivity. Therefore, in order to minimize the "distraction factor" this theme associates many of the common desktop events with brief, mostly non-pitched, but nonetheless pleasing sound sources (a.k.a. effects).

All of the sounds included have been composed (if applicable), recorded, and mastered by me (although a few of them bear resemblance to other OS's sounds). Some of them are leftovers from my previous compositional and production endeavors, while others are entirely new creations.

All sounds are designed and mixed at CD-quality (stereo, 16-bit, 44.1KHz). Ogg version is distributed as 192Kbit stereo files.

Thank you for your interest!

See below.

*Includes sounds for:
*KDE System Notifications
*KDE Sysguard
*Proxy configuration
*K3b (missing 1 sound)
*4 startup sounds
*2 exit sounds
*Automated installer and uninstaller (KDE 3.x)

IMPORTANT! installer has been tested only with KDE 3.x series.

Borealis comes with an automated install shellscript making the install a simple 2-step process:

1) Untar the package:
tar -jxvf Borealis_sound_theme-VERSION.tar.bz2

2) Install the theme:
cd Borealis/
su -p
(IMPORTANT! You must do 'su' with the '-p' flag in order to preserve your home dir variable while running as superuser)
sh install.sh

At this point simply follow the on-screen instructions and in a couple moments it should be all ready to go.

Optionally, you may also want to disable animation of minimizing/restoring windows as the theme sounds associated with these actions in my opinion work better when the animation is disabled. You can adjust this setting in the KControl -> LookNFeel -> Window Behavior -> Moving tab -> Animate minimize and Restore option.

To uninstall Borealis theme simply use the uninstall.sh script included in the tarball:

sh uninstall.sh

Your votes, comments, and suggestions are most welcome and appreciated. Thanks!


LicenseCreative Commons by-sa
(Sound Theme (wav files) ~15.2MB)
(Sound Theme (ogg files) ~2.7MB)
(Preview old startup sound with beat (~400KB ogg))
(Preview NEW startup sound (~450KB ogg))
(Preview NEW exit sound (~400KB ogg))
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 Great Sound

 by ponty666 on: Apr 27 2007
Score 50%

Ultra sound theme. The Startup sounds remind me of Gran Turismo.

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 by ciccio840 on: May 4 2007
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nice sounds, very nice work!

the sound startup 1 is very, very beautiful!

my kde now is very nice!

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 by RabidLockerGnome on: May 6 2007
Score 50%

These sounds are awesome. The startup sounds would be great for a Linux commercial...

Don't bring your flask to Mass.
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 Thank you

 by SlipStreamScapes on: May 23 2007
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Thank you very much all for your kind words and compliments! As always, they are most appreciated!

Best wishes,


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 by StianM on: Jul 6 2007
Score 50%

I use them, but just started. What I really want to tell you is that I love how simple you made it for idiots like me.

I think there must be a script somewhere that empthy the trashcan so it must be posible to lock a sound to that script somhow.

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 by Otakon on: Jul 8 2007
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great sound....

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