On Thu, 2004-06-24 at 13:44, Bryce Harrington wrote:
To answer the 'why' of this - initially all shapes were
with 100% opacity. We thought that was too ugly for Inkscape, so
changed it so the shapes are different colors with 75% opacity. It was
made that way just to make the user's first experience be more colorful.
Like Ted says, the settings can be overridden in your preferences file.
Note that it's not necessary to edit the preferences file by hand.
Just pick e.g. "Apply to: Rectangle Tool" in the "Fill and Stroke"
dialog, and then you can change the defaults for the rectangle tool