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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"Light" theme?
by da_Chicken on Thu 4th Mar 2010 23:17 UTC
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Judging by the screenshots, the new Ubuntu theme looks quite dark and heavy. I wonder why they wanted to name it "Light"?

Well, that doesn't really bother me. I'm probably not going to use Ubuntu much on my computers. I usually test-install every new Ubuntu release on a spare partition, but so far none of these installations have stayed for more than a couple of days. I think I like this new theme a bit better than the old theme, but I generally prefer a somewhat lighter gtk+2 theme (the default xfce4 theme with slight modifications of my own, especially to make the scrollbar dark grey, so you can actually see it).

And what's this talk about "titlebars" and "widgets"? I've configured fvwm not to show any titlebars, so the programs can use more of the available screen space. Hey, you only need to learn three keyboard shortcuts and then you can maximize, minimize, and close windows without touching the mouse. And the other two window managers that I occasionally use -- ratpoison and stumpwm -- don't even support titlebars.

Also, I prefer to use "xsetroot -solid gray10" as my desktop background image. I reckon the less the themes and desktop wallpapers attract your attention, the more time you're going to spend doing what you actually want to do with your computer.

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