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Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the it-cleans-up-well dept.

Debian 683

buntcake writes "Canonical has launched a new visual identity for the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Ubuntu is shedding its previous brown look and adopting a more professional color scheme with purple and orange. The colors will be used in a new GNOME theme and boot splash for Ubuntu 10.04. According to updated design documents that were published in the Ubuntu wiki, 'light' is the underlying concept behind the new visual identity. It displaces the 'human' concept that has been part of Ubuntu's theming and brand vernacular for the past five years. Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has posted a screenshot and additional information."

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Still brown... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353452)

Nothing to see here... move along

Re:Still brown... (5, Funny)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353696)

True that.

"We changed the wallpaper!" OMG! NEWS!

Also everything about Ubuntu and the word brown, such as:
"Ubuntu is shedding its previous brown look"
always reminds me of Apples Zune ad, can't find it on YouTube but it's like they talk about all the colors options and then mentions "[pause] brown ..."

Hurray for brown!

Dear Ubuntu (4, Insightful)

pinkj (521155) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353456)

Don't change all the time like Windows seems to do. Be yourself and we'll accept you. Rebranding almost never helps. Consistency does.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353504)

Amen !!

Consistent quality is MUCH more important than eye candy !!

Re:Dear Ubuntu (5, Insightful)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353506)

As sentimental as that is, for the last five years I've heard nothing but complaints about the color scheme. No one accepts others for who they are unless they already like who they are.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (3, Insightful)

GF678 (1453005) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353602)

You might have heard nothing but complaints about the color scheme because the theme is UNPOPULAR.

Sometimes it's just that simple - the majority of people find the shit-stained brownness of Ubuntu uninviting. So Canonical are trying something different, for better or worse.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353668)

You might have heard nothing but complaints about the color scheme because the theme is UNPOPULAR.

It is very easy to change and I have never used it.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (5, Insightful)

linhares (1241614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353734)

PERHAPS because you actually know how to change it? Fine with me; but all these folks saying that it's a great visual really want to keep as away from the masses as possible. AND the effing irony is that there an immense amount of actually good artwork done by the community, and Canonical just ignores it. Mod me flamebait if you will, but the most popular linux distro seriously looks like its "Made for losers".

Re:Dear Ubuntu (5, Insightful)

bondsbw (888959) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353616)

I don't care so much about the color scheme as the general UI. Windows has come a long way since 2002. Gnome hasn't.

Not complaining... the Windows guys get more money. But still... competition is competition, and money or not, Gnome isn't competing with Windows 7 like it could with Windows XP.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (-1, Troll)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353662)

Because the new flashy GUI offers nothing. Windows 7 GUI is annoying and cumbersome.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353744)

It offers a UI that is visually pleasing. I find that using a nicer looking UI can reduce stress and helps with productivity and my creative thinking process.

Comfort in computing is more important to me than trying to squeeze out every last ounce of power by using a stripped down, bland UI.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (-1, Flamebait)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353770)

For a drooling idiot maybe. Some of us use computers for work.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353886)

How very immature and narrow minded of you.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (4, Informative)

bondsbw (888959) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353844)

Windows 7 has many improvements over Vista.

I love the new window dragging features. Dragging a window to the top maximizes. Dragging to the side takes up half the screen. Dragging the top or bottom bar makes it go full-vertical. Windows Key + Arrow Keys also do those actions (as well as Restore/Minimize). Ctrl + Windows Key + Arrow Keys move windows across monitors.

Pinned taskbar icons remind me of the OS X dock, both of which keep everything ordered and uncluttered. Windows Key + Number 1 key will open a new window for the first taskbar icon, number 2 key for the second taskbar icon, and so on. Jump lists give you quick access to common tasks.

Just the fact that the taskbar buttons can be icon-only (square) means I can dock it on the left of the screen without it being difficult to use. (Again, like the OS X dock... that's how I've run both OS's for quite a while.)

Other than the steps backwards they took with Vista that are still around (like some of the layers of control panel/networking/etc. you have to go through to get anywhere), I generally have nothing but positive to say about the direction Microsoft went with the Windows 7 UI.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (1)

bondsbw (888959) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353912)

And before I get flamed like the other poster, I use my Windows 7 computer for programming work. And it's invaluable for a user like me who tends to open a dozen explorer windows at the same time, a half-dozen Chrome windows (each with 2-10 tabs), 3 or 4 Visual Studios, and at least another 6 or 7 programs. So yeah... I think that qualifies me to have an opinion.

And like the other poster, I appreciate how much more natural the rendering technology in Aero feels as compared to the older more pixelated window managers. Considering the GPU is handling most of the work, Aero seems to have improved performance as compared with having it turned off on the same computer. (Of course YMMV... depends entirely on your video card.)

Re:Dear Ubuntu (2, Interesting)

enoz (1181117) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353720)

I use Ubuntu but not Gnome. You see, with Linux the user can choose the UI.

If you wanted something that looked or behaved like Windows then you would be looking at KDE, not Gnome.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353732)

With his billions, Shuttleworth needs to hire a crack team of icon developers for a year. OSS icons stink, and icons are what you look at. Personally, I never use 'em. Just plain, clean menus (fvwm2).

Re:Dear Ubuntu (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353740)

...Such as? And is it not available or not used by default? Just about every "missing" feature simply isn't installed by default because a lot of people don't like it. A lot of people like XP more than 7.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (5, Funny)

Sark666 (756464) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353630)

Yeah I can see the plan.

'Hmm... What colour could potentially be uglier than brown...'

'Purple!!! Of course!!!'

Re:Dear Ubuntu (1, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353742)

they went from the color of the asshole to the color of the cock head.

Okaaaaay... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353880)

You might wanna get that checked out.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (4, Interesting)

digitig (1056110) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353736)

As sentimental as that is, for the last five years I've heard nothing but complaints about the color scheme.

Not from me -- I like the brown colour scheme. Still, when choosing an OS, colour scheme is quite low on my list of priorities. As long as it doesn't hurt my eyes...

Re:Dear Ubuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353570)

Sure the default colours in Ubuntu are ugly, but it's the amateur look of the UI that most bothers me. It's good that they are taking a step in the right direction.

I think that Linux Mint got their UI spot on. It looks great and I even love their black and green colour scheme.

Re:Dear Ubuntu (1)

micheas (231635) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353782)

Sure the default colours in Ubuntu are ugly, but it's the amateur look of the UI that most bothers me. It's good that they are taking a step in the right direction.

I think that Linux Mint got their UI spot on. It looks great and I even love their black and green colour scheme.

Linux mint is something that I can sit at and use all day, ubuntu makes me need to mess with the colors.

I thought the current color scheme was unattractive, but professional, the new color scheme is just painful. XP and windows 3.0 were not as bad, and those were the two ugliest schemes that I can recall,

Re:Dear Ubuntu (4, Insightful)

linhares (1241614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353802)

The ironic thing is that Mint and some other distros would go the way of the Dodo if only canonical actually stood down from their pedestal and listened to, hmm, basically everybody in the linux world?

Color scheme (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353464)

They want to ditch the shit-brown associated with niggers, shit, and disease of third-world countries. Hell, Sun's going down, why not "ape" the professional purple?

Orange and purple are more professional? (5, Insightful)

JustinFreid (1723716) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353468)

Is professionalism a virtue? I like the notion of Ubuntu as being warm and fuzzy, especially with the adjective+animal names for the releases.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (4, Interesting)

grcumb (781340) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353544)

Is professionalism a virtue? I like the notion of Ubuntu as being warm and fuzzy, especially with the adjective+animal names for the releases.

Don't you worry. In the 15 years I've been doing web and interface design, I've never heard the words 'purple', 'orange' and 'professional' used in the same sentence.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353600)

Don't you worry. In the 15 years I've been doing web and interface design, I've never heard the words 'purple', 'orange' and 'professional' used in the same sentence.

Then you'd hate the suit I wear to work...

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (1)

ScislaC (827506) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353626)

Purple and orange are the colors of the professional basketball team, The Phoenix Suns.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (4, Funny)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353642)

Next site I do, I'm making purple, orange, and professional my only design goals.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (3, Funny)

BlueBoxSW.com (745855) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353554)

I choked on the same phrase: "a more professional color scheme with purple and orange"

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (2, Interesting)

Skreems (598317) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353652)

I think I'm out of touch with the "young" school of graphic design, or something. I agree with you, purple and orange is ridiculous. I like the new boot splash screen they have on their wiki, but the rest is pretty clunky feeling.

Then again, maybe they're just following Apple's lead. Apparently pictures of space are cool again. Maybe we've time-warped back to 1993.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353684)

Have you seen the clothes kids are wearing? Looks more like 1983 to me.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (3, Insightful)

FallinWithStyle (1474217) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353568)

I agree. The biggest problem I have with the default theme in the pictures, though, is the movement of the window-control buttons from right to left.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (1)

vxice (1690200) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353594)

all I want is an os that I can change and set the schemes as I like. Seems like they only changed the wall paper anyways.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (1)

tom_fpsb (1759062) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353722)

When I studied colour associations at design school we learned that purple was associated with regality, and orange with movement and life. I would associate "professionalism" with black, grey and red tones. This looks influenced by OS X. I'm a bit disappointed they didn't decide to improve upon Human which was quite unique.

Re:Orange and purple are more professional? (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353850)

The only thing I found fuzzy about ubuntu, other than the documentation, was the text.

All I want from ubuntu is basic functionality, instead I need to spend more time reinstalling non-blurry fonts and shoveling in package after package than I would just reformatting windows and starting over again.

Anonymous (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353472)

Does anyone actually ever use the default Ubuntu theme? I know whenever I install Gnome the first thing I do is set it to clearlooks.

Re:Anonymous (1)

linhares (1241614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353868)

Does anyone actually ever use the default Ubuntu theme? I know whenever I install Gnome the first thing I do is set it to clearlooks.

AND perhaps that is the single extra step that frustrates complete newbies to linux. They see that ugly shit, and have to find out how to save their computer, then after a while go back running to Redmond's heart. I've seen it happens so many times it disgusts me. Why won't linux ever compete? For real? Nothing of the usual arguments, like "it is beautifully designed", or "just open the terminal and sudo gedit /blah/blah", or "don't like go build your own distro"; or "don't make it look anything at all like (windows/osX/anything else in the future the the masses of users become familiar with)", and other linux clichés I can't remember right now. The only really ugly stuff I believe people buy (and pay loads of money for) are Panerai watches and that effing stupid Vertu cellphone.

Anyways, this is a moot issue. The only shot linux has for major adoption is, IMHO, brought to you by the "Non-Evil" corporation.

this is going to suck (3, Insightful)

meow27 (1526173) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353514)

now im going to have to spend extra time getting the window tools to the right side of the window?
ugh this blows

cmon everyone knows the left side is the wrong one![/pun]

  in other news they really should be using the technix theme. it could use some tweaking with the font colors, but other than that, its excellent imho

Re:this is going to suck (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353650)

When I saw the screenshot and noticed the state buttons were in the upper left...

..I thought immediately.. "ouch! now THATS a paper cut!"

From brown to beige (3, Funny)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353518)

They changed the color scheme from brown to beige. How exciting.

The small icons are still too cluttered. They're simply smaller versions of the large icons, which never works very well.

Re:From brown to beige (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353688)

It's racist!

OTOH, black computers are really cool nowadays, where they used to be mostly beige.

Re:From brown to beige (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353860)

OTOH, black computers are really cool nowadays, where they used to be mostly beige.

It's a cycle. Beige, then black, then silver, then back to beige. This used to be managed by the Color Association of the United States [colorassociation.com], which issued color "forecasts". The color selection process was once quite organized, because textile companies had long lead times, and needed to know what the "in" colors were going to be months in advance. That was back when the NYC garment district mattered. The CAUS also issued color "forecasts" for products, and the injection-moulded plastic people paid attention to them.

nice to see (0, Redundant)

JayRott (1524587) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353520)

First off... first post! Second, we ubuntu users have been able to customize our desktop through themes as long as gnome has been around. There are many ways to slap some eye-candy onto you GUI if you choose, but I for one am glad to see a new look. I think ubuntu needs to look fresh for the less techie out there. People are very visual weather they want to admit it or not.

Re:nice to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353606)

Man, you must have been thinkin' hard typing this post... you're 7 minutes behind the first post...

Re:nice to see (2, Funny)

pookemon (909195) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353806)

Wait a minute... Something was said... Something not good...

I lol'd that JayRott thought it was a "new look". I just gave my Win7 a "new look" by changing the background on the desktop and the colour of the Window frames.

Makes me wonder why this is even newsworthy. Surely there's better things that Ubuntu could be doing?

Re:nice to see (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353864)

First off... first post!

Uh huh, you keep trying, Sparky - everyone needs a goal in life.

slap some eye-candy onto you GUI

You go slap that eye-candy onto you [sic] GUI!

People are very visual weather

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot - Over?

I reviewed your posting history, and am quite confident when I say this: You're an idiot, please stop posting here. You're embarrassing yourself and annoying the rest of us.

Rebranding seems silly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353534)

Changing the look just to rebrand the OS seems silly, but Ubuntu has been in a desperate need for a new default color scheme for sometime. The screenshots look very beautiful, almost like a sunset with the dark UI almost like the nighttime slowly taking over.

Unbuntu 10.04? Should be 1.0 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353536)

"The colors will be used in a new GNOME theme and boot splash for Ubuntu 10.04"

It's nice to see a Linux release finally reach 1.0 usability. :-)

Ubuntu is going corporate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353540)

Ubuntu is going corporate, and they're not shy about saying so, it seems. Sad. I'm not just talking about the colors. The old Ubuntu will be missed, but there will be others.

About Time (5, Insightful)

honkycat (249849) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353548)

This is long overdue. The brown theme was a major turnoff for me. It seems silly, I know, but the first impression is an important one. This was at least part of the reason I preferred Kubuntu. The quick screenshot looks a lot better to me.

And yes, of course you can change the colors, but there's a lot of value of a nice out-of-the-box experience. Developing your own color scheme is trickier than you'd think to get "right."

Re:About Time (5, Insightful)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353754)

Guess what, it's still brown. Just a different shade of it. Oh, but the default wallpaper is now whitish-purple. How exciting!

And just so it helps your aunt Tilly switch from XP, it also tucks those window close/restore/minimize buttons to the left. "Oh, great, like OS X!", I hear you thinking? Well, no, not really - to prevent further confusion, the buttons are still in the same relative order as on Windows (that is, Close is rightmost, not leftmost). I imagine it is done for the sake of fairness, so that users moving from either platform are in for a pleasant surprise.

It's truly going to be a top-notch out-of-the-box experience, I'm sure.

Re:About Time (1)

quadelirus (694946) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353810)

Why can't they just put a high res image in the background? That's what most people probably change it to anyway.Nobody wants an ugly purple and orange gradient.

Re:About Time (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353862)

Then the question becomes of what.

I have picture ones of the mars rovers took, well lots of pictures stitched together to make one large image.

I for one will miss the babysh*t brown color (3, Funny)

AlexBirch (1137019) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353552)

I'm sad that the babysh*t brown color will go away!!!

Re:I for one will miss the babysh*t brown color (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353674)

I'm sad that the babysh*t brown color will go away!!!

Well, you know what we could do is go with the baby green in the living room, and then maybe a classic brown, or even a nut-n-corn crunch in your parents' bedroom.

Window control buttons on the left? Bad. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353558)

Don't like that the Window control buttons (maximize, close, etc.) are moved to the top left of the window, instead of the top right where they used to be.

1. I'm used to them being on the right in both current Ubuntu and Windows. I know Mac has them on the left, but I never liked that.
2. If the window is partially dragged off-screen, I can click either the X on the right side, or File -> Close on the left side. With both being on one side, I need to or drag the window back (if it works, which often doesn't if its dragged so much to the extreme that it's hard to grab the title bar with your mouse).

I know the problem usually has trivial workarounds (such as a keyboard shortcut to close), but meh. Why not leave it the way it worked before.

Re:Window control buttons on the left? Bad. (2, Informative)

setagllib (753300) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353724)

You can close (and minimise, maximise, etc) windows by right clicking on the title bar or even the task bar's button corresponding to that window. This is consistent in KDE and several other window managers.

Does what it's supposed to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353564)

Personally I don't care about the color change, or the names, or the branding.

It just has to work, consistently.

I don't mind getting into the guts to tweak things for myself.

My Mother, Father, and sister don't know how to use a CLI, and when I've tried to show them, have made it abundantly clear that they don't WANT to know how to use the CLI.

They don't mind ubuntu, as long as I make give them buttons that do what they want to do.

Re:Does what it's supposed to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353698)

Cool story, bro.

Use Clearlooks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353582)

Honestly, Clearlooks is the best Gnome theme I have seen and I have used it for years now.

I don't see why a theme should be such a big deal in an OS where you can change it so easily.

Excuse me? (2, Interesting)

MarkusQ (450076) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353592)

a more professional color scheme with purple and orange.

Because brown seems so frivolous compared to a pair of secondary colours, and the other combinations were already taken by Barney, the Irish rebels, and these folks [adrants.com]?

I suppose that's why industries that care about their professional image never use brown for anything.

--MarkusQ

Re:Excuse me? (1)

acnicklas (1740146) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353620)

UPS = brown.

Re:Excuse me? (2, Funny)

MarkusQ (450076) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353704)

UPS = brown.

You may want to check your sarcasm detector to see if it was on the big recall list last spring. If not, you probably have your filter threshold set wrong (remember, 1.0 on the filter means "never detect sarcasm," not "always detect sarcasm").

--MarkusQ

Re:Excuse me? (2)

starblazer (49187) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353638)

I suppose that's why industries that care about their professional image never use brown for anything.

Explain UPS then?

Re:Excuse me? (4, Funny)

MarkusQ (450076) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353748)

Explain UPS then?

An Uninterpretable Power Supply is basically a honking big battery (or, in advanced models, a desktop fusion setup) that takes over when the normal electrical supply fails.

And sarcasm is a way of making a rhetorical point by stating something that is obviously untrue and yet is a plausible deduction to reach from a position you are trying to rebut.

Of course, you probably already knew that.

--MarkusQ

Re:Excuse me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353756)

UPS' logic probably was that government-issue brown makes them look quasi-official. Much like how Federal Express calls themselves 'Federal' and ripped the postal service's livery.

Not-black black boot screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353596)

I can't stand the off black boot screen. Makes me keep guessing if I am looking at black or not (its not).

Unexpected, but... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353598)

Say it with me, boys. "Ubuntu: Jumping the shark has never looked so professional!"

Wait, what? (5, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353614)

"Purple and orange" is a professional color scheme?

I don't even know what color tie goes with a blue shirt, but even I know that's awful.

Window control buttons are on the wrong side (2, Interesting)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353644)

Window control buttons are on the wrong side, if I wanted a Mac I would get one. Stop changing crap, clearlooks human or just clearlooks would have been fine.

It might look nicer but (3, Insightful)

dtbw (716889) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353664)

I would be happier if things like mounting digital cameras worked consistently from one release to the next without scouring the web looking for the latest hoop to jump through. Yes I can find the answer and make it work but a lot of potential converts will give up and pop the Windows 7 install disk in.

Re:It might look nicer but (1)

tux0r (604835) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353808)

Warning: anecdote follows.

I recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 on an Acer Aspire 3680, to use as a basic HTPC with Boxee. I was impressed with the overal finish of the OS and initially was glad I could use open source software. At least, that was until I tried to get s-video working, with either the laptop screen at native res, or the same res as s-video but in the correct aspect ratio (4:3 on 16:9).

After discovering that Ubuntu now believes Xwindows to be so good at autodetect that it no longer requires xorg.conf, and then wrangling with various configuration options for hours, I gave up, found the WinXP disc and had everything up and running in short order. No voodoo magic workarounds, no text file configs to create, and dual video output with native res on each.

TL;DR: Ubuntu's good looks and neat UI effects are fine, but when It Just Won't Work, people jump ship - fast.

Re:It might look nicer but (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353894)

xorg.conf will still be used if you make one.
Text configs have a lot of advantages, but yes some users need handholding and a wizard that writes the config can be helpful.

Why are you using s-video in 2010?

Re:It might look nicer but (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353878)

And the rest of us would be happier if asstard trolls like you would stop spreading FUD. Seriously, you are complaining about jumping through hoops for USB automounting? 1999 called. They want their dumbass back.

Everyone. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353700)

It'd be nice if that color scheme were accompanied by actual action toward a better Ubuntu. Go red and green. I'll be looking for a computer that works.

Nooo go backkkk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31353706)

Maybe i'm the odd one but I actually liked the old theme xD. It's one of the few reasons I ever booted into Linux rather than XP. Found the soft brown, white/grey, and orange pretty...relaxing somehow.

Only slightly concerned (2, Funny)

gaelfx (1111115) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353716)

After all, it's not all that hard to get new themes for GTK or anything, but still, Purple and Orange?

Two things are clear:

1. Heavy drug use is now too commonplace at Canonical.

2. The drugs they are currently using last long enough for them to make a press release and a couple of websites demonstrating the effects of said drugs.

The only question that remains is what are they smoking and where can I get some?

Bubblegum fudge (2, Insightful)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353752)

I wish they'd stay focused on usability and 'ergonomic' issues, and not waste time on colors and wallpapers and other bubblegum that half of the user base will be guaranteed not to like anyway. I'm not picking on Ubuntu; this criticism certainly applies to Windows and other OSs and Linux distros, too. Too much time wasted on fluff that doesn't matter much.

Dated? (1)

myforwik (1465003) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353804)

Because so many people were coming from XP, ubuntu always look like a step in the right direction. But with so many people on windows 7, Ubuntu now is a step behind. Also, does the new look feel like a dated MacOSX to anyone else?

Re:Dated? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353838)

To -many- people XP still is considered to be the best OS. Vista is considered to be trash and this basically sums up people's feelings about Windows 7 http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/windows_7.png [xkcd.com] . Yes, Windows 7 isn't terrible, but it lacks the user-friendlyness and universal knowledge that XP had. Show almost any computer user an XP machine and chances are they can navigate it very well, show a lot of people a Windows 7 machine and they will be puzzled.

Re:Dated? (1, Insightful)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353890)

I don't know. MacOSX feels like a dated MacOSX to me. I was shocked when I recently got a Mac, and found how inconsistent the UI was, and simple things like being able to drag a window larger can only be done by grabbing the lower right corner. I thought I was done with that kind of limitation when I gave up my beloved Amiga.

Alternative Schemes (1)

Prototerm (762512) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353816)

As long as it's not blue and grey. God, I really *hate* desktops that are in shades of blue. It's cold and depressing. Not that the new orange and purple is much better. But at least, you can change it to anything you want.

I use a custom scheme that most of my friends find awful (of course *they* run some variant of Windows so the feeling is mutual). While I dislike the traditional Ubuntu brown and orange, I do like a brown palette. So, here's my preferred combination:

Base Theme: Clearlooks
Icons: ubuntu-sunrise
Wallpaper: Custom dark woodgrain
"Selected Items": medium brown (#752A2A), or for those who dislike brown, dark green (#005830) works
"Windows": medium tan (#D8C0A0)
"Input boxes": off white (#F0E0D0) to reduce eyestrain in terminals and text editors.

Bottom panel? (1)

piripiri (1476949) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353824)

Anyone noticed that the bottom panel is missing? Is this on purpose for the screenies or will it be replaced by something else, not yet unveiled?

Bad window frame button choice (5, Insightful)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353846)

They've moved the window frame buttons to a place that's counter-intuitive for most people but they've also cocked that up in a way that doesn't even make sense for people used to OSX (the buttons are still laid out in the same order as if right-aligned). So now you've got buttons in places nobody is used to, the X button no longer benefits from the 'infinite-dimension' effect of being in a corner, and plus you've got the window frame buttons directly above the menubar - instantly making 10% of attempts to open the Edit menu into accidental window closes. I guess they never stopped to think why most WMs have them on the right and OSX has them on the left.

Brilliant.

Purple and orange? (2, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353872)

Brown and orange at least look good together, like gold or wheat (they finally moved away from baby poop brown and used more orange in the last few releases). Purple and orange look like domestic violence.

The GNOME theme isn't ugly (1)

enter to exit (1049190) | more than 4 years ago | (#31353892)

The GNOME theme isn't ugly. It's the default wallpaper Ubuntu goes with it that makes it look hideous.

The 9.10 release has some nice BGs that go well with the Ubuntu GNOME colour scheme, but for some reason they chose a gradient brown one as the default.

The sceenshots in the article makes the new Ubuntu theme look like a non-trademark-infringing superficial copy of OSX. Those are the worst kind of themes for any linux distro, everyone just thinks "half baked crabby Apple Mac for tight-arsed losers"

What do i care.... the way GNOME 3 (and the entire GNOME community) is panning out, it's only a matter of time until KDE (rightfully) takes the reigns and we can wash our hands of the "worst of osx + windows with less functionality" monstrosity GNOME as become.
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