lyrae is an accomplished Blackbox/Fluxbox styler and one of the first style authors, uploading her first one more than 10 years ago – though she prefers to call herself “a styler, themer and skinner all in one”. Born and bred Australian, she lives in a country town below Melbourn.
“Used to skin Litestep,” she says, “plus a few shells like Geoshell or something but not involved that much. I think it was in 2003 when I first saw boxshots.org. I liked the simplicity of Blackbox with a right click menu, so I decided to make some styles. Then Linux came along, and It was wonderful. I think I did try Blackbox but it was not so common so I tried Fluxbox then started to make styles as well. I also started with Openbox and then my favourite WM, Pekwm, plus gtk themes and xfce themes. I was rewarded with 3 daily deviations by deviantArt for my works. Sadly, I don't use Linux anymore because I spend more time in Windows and I hardly go there anyway. But Linux had made me a better artist and for that I am grateful.”
Here are a few samples of lyrae’s excellent work, with her own comments:
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My first style in early 2004.
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I don't know how it all started but I do know that the sidebar were very popular in 2004. I think it was Nightbreed who came up with a sidebar design, followed by Theo and clovemagic as well as a few others. This is one of my best ones.
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This is one of my earliest favourite theme called Dyne for Linux. Pekwm, gtk2 and conky themes were all made by me.
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This is the theme that I'm very proud of because I was rewarded a Daily Deviation for this. All of these except the wallpaper and the icons were made by me.
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This is my first Blackbox style for Windows since I came back from Linux. I always seem to go back to this one because it is so versatile.