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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Not an overhaul
by OSGuy on Thu 4th Mar 2010 08:31 UTC
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This is not an overhaul at all. It is just a different color scheme with different icons and different border. GNOME still looks like GNOME/GTK. An overhaul means something completely different. An example for this could be that little script that makes GNOME look like XP nearly pixel by pixel similarity.

There is also a way to decrease the size of the gigantic widgets and make them smaller to take less space. If you apply the Redmond theme for instance, all of the buttons take less space and it looks much neater. Sure it's ugly but you get the point.

Ok, it is time to mod me down.

Edited 2010-03-04 08:41 UTC

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RE: Not an overhaul
by shawnjgoff on Thu 4th Mar 2010 12:56 in reply to "Not an overhaul"
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Agreed! A good example is Elegant Brit ( ). It makes GTK+ look completely different, and in my opinion, beautiful!

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RE[2]: Not an overhaul
by qroon on Thu 4th Mar 2010 13:41 in reply to "RE: Not an overhaul"
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That theme (Elegant Brit) looks like a website for gamers, dark background and all.

After all these years, Blue Curve is still one of the best themes in GNOME/Gtk. It may look bland or dull but it is not tiring to the eyes. And one (if not the only one) of the most complete theme.

Edited 2010-03-04 13:41 UTC

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RE[2]: Not an overhaul
by Glynser on Thu 4th Mar 2010 14:56 in reply to "RE: Not an overhaul"
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Maybe it's beautiful, but it's not very usable*. Many widgets can't be clearly differentiated from each other. Some people might be willing to get used to it (because they like the looks), but it's nothing for the masses. It reminds me of the many WinAmp skins, they place nice pictures behind the GUI, but the GUI itself becomes hardly existent.

* from a pure usability point of view

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RE[2]: Not an overhaul
by shawnjgoff on Fri 5th Mar 2010 04:42 in reply to "RE: Not an overhaul"
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Another, more mainsream theme that is great.

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