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As always, today I was reading the news on Google Reader and came by a nice post from CyberNet News regarding (again) the Intrepid Ibex Dark Theme.

So, quick roundup:

  • Intrepid Ibex new theme is dark
  • 63.88% of everyone who voted on this poll at Ubuntu Forums doesn’t like it
  • It sucks

Now, for the record, neon who is a great contributor for the Ubuntu Development (precisely, the 312th best idea contributor), said:

How many times do we have to remind people, the dark theme was only for testing purposes; in fact, for default it’s been switched back to the light version.

And, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical‘s founder said:

I think the great task in front of us in the next two years is to lift the experience of the Linux desktop from something stable and usable and not pretty, to something that’s art

This is how all that stuff adds up:

WillWill’s Ubuntu Mockup

That’s just a mockup, but it surely is GREAT!

I don’t know if that GDM is possible, as the GDM is edited through an XML file and I don’t know whether or not one can customize the selector for it to look like that yellow bar. I believe the whole rest may be achieved through a GTK Theme.

I’d only remove the Avant Window Navigator and set the Gnome Do as the default.

I do hope this theme gets official on one of the future Ubuntu releases.

DanRabbit just implemented some of the GDM Screen. It isn’t like the original yet, but he did an amazing job in there.


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After yesterday’s post about Ubuntu 8.10a1 and its screenshots, I decided to take a look at some of the new stuff being developed by the guys who are trying to put it together.

For my surprise, I found out they have a wiki where everyone can see and comment on a lot of new features. There are lots of teams:

The Platform Team cares for a variety of critical components needed for building and running the Ubuntu platform
The Desktop Team handles all of the packages which go into the Ubuntu desktop installation
The Installer Team looks after the Ubuntu installer
The Kernel Team is tasked with maintaining the Linux kernel in Ubuntu

and more.

But one caught my attention: the Artwork Team. On its ongoing branch (the Intrepid Ibex), they post everything associated with the look and feel of the new upcoming version, including wallpapers and themes.

Looking around, I managed to find lots of nice stuff, like some new wallpapers made by Ashton and a very nice theme called Emerald Theme.

I even decided to try out and create a Intrepid Ibex wallpaper myself!

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Ubuntu 8.10

The very first alpha version of next Ubuntu Linux is out and guys at PhoroLinux installed, tested and left us with 12 screenshots and some info.

According to them, this version ships with Firefox 3, GNOME 2.23.4, a new NewHuman theme, GIMP 2.4.6 and OpenOffice.org 2.4.1.

The new theme is kinda too dark for me, but let’s see what happens.

What do you think about it?

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