Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:43 UTC, submitted by kragil
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has unveiled a complete branding overhaul, redesigning everything from the Ubuntu website to its logos and marketing material. However, what interests me more are the new Gtk+ themes, and even then, I'm not interested in the colour choices and the like. No - what stood out to me right away was not the theme itself - but the placement of the titlebar widgets.
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RE: KUbuntu?
by KAMiKAZOW on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 23:45 UTC in reply to "KUbuntu?"
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KDE has this initiative to share a common KDE identity among various distros and many distributors followed it by at most tweaking KDE's Oxygen/Air themes (openSUSE has a green Air wallpaper as opposed to blue, for example).

Yeah, Kubuntu doesn't even tweak themes, but in this case Canonical's laziness may even work to KDE's advantage. ;-)

Too bad that Canonical currently doesn't really "get it" (even though -- in all fairness -- Kubuntu 10.04 seems to be a massive improvement over previous releases). I mailed with Aurlien who works for Canonical on KDE software and his job there is to take ideas from the Desktop Experience team and implement them in KDE SC. So far those ideas only cover aspects that are foremost developed for GNOME. In advantage of KDE, Canonical's idea to overhaul GNOME's systray makes use of KDE's protocol that is implemented there since SC 4.3 and Aurlien's work is to port further KDE apps to it.
Sadly, at least for now Canonical seems to have no intentions to do KDE-specific usability work as they do for GNOME.

Maybe Canonical will strengthen the KDE/Qt side of things once MeeGo (Qt-based successor to Moblin) is released. As with Ubuntu's current "Moblin Edition" there surely will be a "MeeGo Edition" and naturally KDE apps will fit in there better than GTK apps.

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