Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Mar 2010 23:35 UTC, submitted by Extend
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Canonical has announced the availability of the first Ubuntu 10.04 beta release. The new version of Ubuntu, codenamed Lucid Lynx, is scheduled to arrive in April. It will be a long-term support release, which means that updates will be available for three years on the desktop and five years on servers. Although the Ubuntu developers have largely focused on boosting stability for this release, they have also added a number of noteworthy new features and applications. One of the most visible changes is the introduction of a new theme - a change that is part of a broader rebranding initiative that aims to update Ubuntu's visual identity." It might just be me, but I find the new theme ghastly. Compare this to this (my desktop). Oh, and Metacity - I can has anti-aliasing?
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Less brown, but too much purple
by sc3252 on Sun 21st Mar 2010 23:51 UTC
sc3252
Member since:
2005-09-06

I don't know why, but I think this color scheme is even worse. I had to change many more colors than I normally do. One example is the background to the terminal which was white on purple(looked bad). Also on boot up the theme didn't exactly work, but that was probably a bug(had to download it).

Overall though I thought this distro was better than usual, I loved the start up times and everything looked good(the style not colors). It was also nice that FGLRX drivers were not that hard to setup after finding them in the forums. I would tell anyone to try it out, but be prepared to change a few colors.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Yeah, while I love the fact that someone starts shipping a dark theme as the default I am not sure a LTS release is the right time to do it the first time. Dark themes still have lots of issues, because all OS are light and a lot of apps and websites are not tested with dark themes.
Same with the title bar widgets .. those shouldn't change in a LTS release.

So yeah for innovation, boo for doing it when people expect continuity.

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cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

Personally I think the new look is a huge improvement over the old brown & orange scheme. But then again, what difference does a theme make? Really? At the end of the day users are going to choose their own backgrounds and color schemes; typically within hours of installing.

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flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Never thought I'd say it, but I'll be going back to the brown scheme! Yikes!

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