One of our key objectives when we started conceptualising the new themes was their ability to be immediately recognisable as Ubuntu, even if represented as a small screenshot. As easily recognised as when it used to be brown – but not that brown… the incarnation that we initially launched was a bold new statement: a little unrefined maybe, but a good starting block on which to build.
And so the evolution continues…
A lot has been learnt in the last year and we are now in the process of making constant tweaks and improvements. I have been working extensively with Andrea Cimitan (creator of the Murrine theme engine) over the last couple of months to improve and accelerate our workflow. It’s been fantastic having his extensive knowledge, ideas and fresh perspective to fine tune across the board.
There are far too many refinements to mention, but below are a few of note:
Removal of the beige/brown/cream tints to windows and buttons – it was rather intense and the buttons in particular felt too dark and claustrophobic. The whole interface has a lighter, refined and more precise approach.
Try it out for yourself
As yet only the Ambiance theme is in a fit state for testing. Radiance now shares far more closely – so shouldn’t be far behind.
The Ambiance Maverick Beta is available here: http://people.ubuntu.com/~stefanor/light-themes/
Thanks to Stefano Rivera for assisting with the packaging – much appreciated.
It seems that the dark version of the theme has been leaked. This is still very much a work in progress and *at this stage* is not necessarily intended as a full theme but to be used by certain application environments that would benefit from a darker UI, for example: image/photo manipulation and video editing.
Install ubuntu light themes in Ubuntu 10.10/10.04
Open the terminal and run the following commands
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:murrine-daily/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
One update, new Ambiance theme look very awesome with Faenza icon theme
Download and install .deb packages from here
Source from here
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