[HOW TO] Install Oxygen Transparent In KDE 4.10


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KDE has never been a dog, but if there is one thing in life that is better than a beautiful woman, it’s one with no clothes. And that’s precisely what we’re going to do with KDE today.

This guide will show you how to install and use the Oxygen-transparent theme for KDE 4.10 in Kubuntu 12.10.

What Is Oxygen-transparent?

Oxygen-transparent is a spin on the default Oxygen theme for KDE 4 the makes the widget background transparent and blurred, not entirely unlike the effect provided by Aero in Windows 7. Oxygen is already an attractive theme that’s nice to look at, but this piece of software simply takes it to the next level.

Let’s Begin

Install the required dependancies. These packages with give you every thing you need to build software from source, and git, which will allow you to download source code directly from github to your working directory.

sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake kdelibs5-dev 
kdebase-workspace-dev libxrender-dev libx11-dev git

Now, let’s clone the archive locally so we can build it.

git clone git://anongit.kde.org/oxygen-transparent

Now, let’s get into the directory and get to work.

cd oxygen-transparent

Now, let’s run the setup script. Unlike our guide for KDE 4.8, oxygen-transparent now has several branches. You can read more about that here, but for now, let’s install the master branch, because that one is compatible with KDE 4.10.

./oxygen-setup.pl --branch master

Now, move into the build directory created by the script we just ran.

cd build/

Lastly, do the following to make & install.

sudo make && make install

Provided there were no errors, you should be able to use this immediately. Just open up System Settings and go to Application Appearance. Click Style and find Widget Style. Select Oxygen Transparent and click Apply at the bottom.

Style – System Settings_001

Now, click on Configure. Lower your Opacity to a level that’s comfortable for you to look at all the time. Hit OK as the bottom of the window, and you are all done?

Configure Oxygen Transparent – System Settings_002

This also install a window decoration too, so you’ll need to change that if you want the full package.  Other than that, the only thing that this theme is missing is an equivalent for GTK.  All of your GTK apps will still be plain-jane Oxygen and follow whatever color-scheme you set for it.

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • pol rosenthal

    It’s great to see articles like this, but your opening statement, “KDE has never been a dog, but if there’s one thing in life that’s better than a beautiful woman, it’s one with no clothes,” is really off putting.

    If I was female and saw this I don’t know if I’d keep reading. As a guy it was hard for me to get past this and make it to the article. A mixed metaphor that places women into an equivalency with dogs and stresses that they’re best when naked isn’t really needed for an otherwise astute article on KDE.

    • Mountain Man

      So, what, you don’t like naked women?

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.shepherd.77770 John Shepherd

        1. Not every male does.

        2. It’s sexist and demeaning and makes a female reader uncomfortable (which happens way too often in the tech world).

        • Mountain Man

          So basically you’re taking it upon yourself to feel offended for someone else.

          And seriously, what red-blooded man doesn’t like naked women?

  • nbecker

    Never run make as root.

    Maybe you wanted:

    make && sudo make install

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.shepherd.77770 John Shepherd

      Sudo’s a Ubuntu thing. The rest of us say: either you have root access, or you don’t.

      • Yaro

        Speak for yourself, as an Arch user I do have a root account, which I almost never use in favor of sudo since sudo enables me not to shoot myself in the foot.

        Sudo’s pretty standard on all Linux distributions, not just Ubuntu.

        • Yaro

          Oh, I do agree on not running make as root, even with sudo. This is an example of how Ubuntu teaches poor practice.

          • Sheeps-n-Stones

            How is this the operating systems fault? The people who write howtos and documentation are the ones teaching this, not the OS. And sudo is something you can (and should) use for every linux OS. It makes it easier to run single commands as root when necessary. If you have to switch between users many stay with root for convenience…

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  • Ovi Chis

    I just don’t see the benefit for having transparent windows.
    I mean, KDE is configurable enough as it is, some features no one will ever use.
    but nice tutorial mate

    • Sheeps-n-Stones

      It’s a question of taste… I always wanted to be able to make dolphin transparent. Now that I’ve tried it, I decided that it’s distracting. But I’m glad I could see it and try different transparency levels. Linux is about making you own choice, so I think it’s good to have it as an option.

  • minnesota linux

    Not impressed with the editor’s choice to publish a tech article that somehow manages to compare women to dogs.

  • Felipe Verdugo

    Hello! I tried to follow the steps provided, but they didn’t work…

    I’ve installed Linux Mint wit KDE, and I followed step by step the procedure, but I got the following mesage when I try to enter “sudo make && make install”

    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.

    I got KDE 4.9. Could you please please help me?

    • Yaro

      First off, NEVER run make as root.

      Second off, chances are you’re not in the source directory. Look for where you have the source code and go there.

  • Teo

    How can I uninstall it?

  • adam

    hi, thanks for the tut but I installed oxygen-transparent for kde 4.10 and it doesnt work at all look the same as usual oxygen. any ideas why and how to fix it?

  • Sheeps-n-Stones

    Thanks for this howto, it really helped me because somehow my oxygen theme vanished from my widget dropdown and I was stuck with fallback (ugly…). I don’t use the transparent option but now I have the normal oxygen look back :)

    By the way, you should totally change ‘sudo make && make install’ to ‘make && sudo make install’

    During installation I ran into the following error:
    CMake Error: The following variables are used in this project, but they are set to NOTFOUND.

    Just run ‘sudo apt-get install libxrender-dev’ to install the dev-libs and everything should work :)

  • Brian Bahbah

    zombie@BL-ZOMBIE:~/oxygen-transparent$ sudo make && make install
    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.

    Now what? I’m new to using the make command, can anyone help please?

    • lordpenguin

      When you use ‘&&’ to combine commands, the command after ‘&&’ only works if the first was successful. Honestly, this guide is pretty old and KDE is in version 4.13 or something like that.

      If you want, I can write a guide about how to do this with the latest KDE. Which version of KDE do you have?

      • jared

        I have KDE 4.13 on Kubuntu 14.04. Can you write a guide for that?

  • Brian Bahbah

    BTW, It worked 100% of the way until the very last line.