July 13, 2008

How-To: Install the Crystal Window Decoration for KDE3 in Debian Lenny

Crystal is a KDE window decoration theme, and the last version available for download is 1.0.6. Crystal features desktop semi-transparency, it looks very nice and it's highly configurable. To compile and install it, first get the needed dependencies:

apt-get install build-essential libqt3-headers kdebase-dev

Download Crystal 1.0.6 from the KDE-look.org page, here. Uncompress it, compile and install it:

make install

Last one as root. To set it as a window decoration, open KControl (ALT+F2 and type kcontrol in the Run dialogue that appears), then go to Appearance & Themes -> Window Decorations and select Crystal from the drop-down list. You can configure it in any way you like there.

Crystal allows you to set the transparency level (including tint colour), buttons styles (including Vista or Kubuntu Dapper), border size and several more settings.

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