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  • #16
    The entire theme is a regression, not only the wallpaper. This now looks older than before! I mean, Ubuntu theme isn't ugly, but it's considered very oldschool..

    The problem with Ubuntu's default theme is, when non-tech people dare to review the "different OSes", they often choose Ubuntu because it's more popular, and they ALWAYS come with the brilliant result that linux isn't visual appealing.. (damn it, linux is a kernel stupid!)

    these things really piss me off

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    • #17
      Well, I couldn't get 'dust' to work, but now I'm using Shiki-Human from http://www.suse-art.org/content/show...ea07931e7322eb and it's the best one I've tried in my life.

      Ubuntu should just use that.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by _txf_ View Post
        So much for mark shuttleworth's besting of osx's looks.

        Honestly If they cannot evolve the visual style (which was scheduled for the last release), then they have no hope. What makes it worse is that other distros manage it really well and arguably look far better to start with (without outlining the goal stated above).

        Some of the concept designs for ubuntu look stunning, and it is a real shame that they fail every time to integrate some of the concept ideas
        It's really strange what happens with Ubuntu's artwork. How can they invest money and resources with artists and always end with a terrible artwork??

        As far I'm concerned, Canonical paid the IconFactory team for making their icon theme, but the result of this work, the Human icon theme, is much worse than any set of icons on IconFactory portfolio!!

        And I think the same happens for the rest of the artwork.

        For me that only have one explanation: the guy that say "yes or no" for the final artwork has a very bad taste :P

        You know, there is a saying in my country: "taste you don't argue, you regret"

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        • #19
          In Ubuntu's defense, there is a new "human" theme, it's just not used by default.

          1) On Intrepid, open the Appearance preferences
          2) On the "Theme" tab, select "NewHuman"
          3) ???
          4) Prof--sh*t, it's an ugly, dark, and still very orange theme.

          Well, it is meant for an october ubuntu release, so at least it matches Halloween decorations...

          Admittedly, if you change the colorscheme to be, say, green or blue, then it does look *much* better. Matching icons help too.

          Actually, using the Bluman icons, the Bluman edgy wallpaper, and NewHuman with an altered colorscheme, I've currently got my desktop looking about the nicest it ever has (certainly the best it has ever been without completely replacing the default theme).

          Seems to work equally well for any other color too.

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          • #20
            The disro with the best artwork is openSUSE.

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            • #21
              Community Artwork

              Add Ken Wimer's PPA and check out the 3 community themes (community-themes package containing Dust, Kin, and New Wave). They all look pretty good to me. Unfortunately, Canonical has the final say on any theme.

              https://launchpad.net/~kwwii/+archive

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              • #22
                Originally posted by puelocesar View Post
                It's really strange what happens with Ubuntu's artwork. How can they invest money and resources with artists and always end with a terrible artwork??

                As far I'm concerned, Canonical paid the IconFactory team for making their icon theme, but the result of this work, the Human icon theme, is much worse than any set of icons on IconFactory portfolio!!
                I agree, but to be fair, the Ubuntu team probably stipulated the design and colour parameters.

                The real problem is Ubuntu's unwillingness to move beyond brown and orange, a combination that really should've been left in the 70s. It's a shame, because really the talent is there and in fact the GTK widgets are quite nice. However when wrapped in the Ubuntu colours the effect is really underwhelming, even off-putting. It's really time to evolve

                While it is true that many will add / customise my own theme, the default theme is like the image a distro shows to the world. For a distro aimed at new Linux users, a nice theme should be a priority. Nice enough that most users won't see the need to change it, and that new users don't immediately get the idea that Ubuntu lacks aesthetic taste.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by yesterday View Post
                  The real problem is Ubuntu's unwillingness to move beyond brown and orange, a combination that really should've been left in the 70s.
                  I disagree with all the brown/orange hate (from you and others). It can be done well, it just takes a little finesse and not using crappy shades. E.g. kin dust, aka Didymous:
                  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Inco...pid/Kin%20Dust

                  The fact is that a color change might be warranted, but many distros have their signature "color" that gives them identity: fedora blue, suse green, debian pinkish/red. I think that the orange and brown is good and good heritage for Ubuntu (it follows the roots of their distro), but you're right in that for it to be effective, it has to be done well. Unlike slapping a simple blue theme on, the orange and brown can look particularly bad if not done right.

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                  • #24
                    Ubuntu and GTK2 look & feel doesn't look that bad, but when you look at any Kubuntu release with KDE3 - you see that Canonical clearly have no idea about good looking default desktop...
                    Of course, everything is the matter of taste but.. Kubuntu default KDE3 color/style/icon theme is just a joke - I wonder whether they are doing it on purpose ("Hey, look at this KDE3, it's ugly, isn't it? Now switch to Gnome and have fun").

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by KDesk View Post
                      The disro with the best artwork is openSUSE.
                      Too much green is also sick for the eyes. I think the newbie oriented distro with the best artwork has to be LINUX MINT and overall, the best artwork is with ArchLinux KDEmod 4.1.

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                      • #26
                        If you don't like the default theme, change it. [/B!TCHING]

                        Personally, I like dark themes (mostly because LCD's are too bright at night, even when you turn the brightness down).

                        Code:
                        sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-theme ubuntustudio-icon-theme
                        Problem solved.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                          Allow me to show you a pretty little graph, Jeffro.
                          http://www.google.com/trends?q=apple...se%2C+mandriva

                          Ubuntu is becoming relevant. Hence, it gets coverage.
                          I'll try my best not to mention Mark Twain here....

                          Yes, Ubuntu is popular. It has a fairly enormous userbase, and non-linux users usually look to that first. I can understand that popular things get coverage.

                          But come on. A news post simply to say "Hey, guess what? Ubuntu is still brown!"? Come on. I can see that being mentioned in, or even being a major facet of, an all-around preview (you know, the ones with mind-boggling bullet-points such as "improvements to SELinux" and "improvements with PolicyKit"). But on its own?

                          Maybe it's just because I don't use Ubuntu on any of my machines with a GUI, but I just don't see why this is important enough to be news in its own right.

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                          • #28
                            Try my theme:

                            Enterprise-GTK 1.1 (For Hardy)
                            http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=85731

                            Is it just me or to most of the people pure dark theme hurts the eyes? I've taken UbuntuStudio's window frames, used human-murrine but changed to blue highlights instead of orange ones as window widgets, and customized a Gnome panel background (using the UbuntuStudio window frame too).

                            The result is simply neutral and easy on the eyes. I have all my three computers set to use this theme.

                            I'm not advertising but really, just give it a try.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by FunkyRider View Post
                              Try my theme:

                              Enterprise-GTK 1.1 (For Hardy)
                              http://www.gnome-look.org/content/sh...?content=85731

                              Is it just me or to most of the people pure dark theme hurts the eyes? I've taken UbuntuStudio's window frames, used human-murrine but changed to blue highlights instead of orange ones as window widgets, and customized a Gnome panel background (using the UbuntuStudio window frame too).

                              The result is simply neutral and easy on the eyes. I have all my three computers set to use this theme.

                              I'm not advertising but really, just give it a try.
                              Awssome. You got everything perfectly right, although I would have prefered it if you had mixed the Ubuntu Studio theme with Linux Mint's theme. That would be the best combo of dark and light.

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                              • #30
                                You got to be kidding...
                                There are so many good themes out there, and they come up with THIS? This one is quite possible the worst theme for Gnome I have seen in my entire life. I don't know who pulls the strings about this internally, but I advice them to put someone in charge over this who actually has eye for it.

                                BTW, Dust and Kin Dust are awesome. I nominate the last one for the default theme.
                                Last edited by MaestroMaus; 10-08-2008, 04:08 PM.

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