Warmth – New proposed theme for Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid)

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Ubuntu's goal to to present the user with a welcoming desktop environment. Although the current theme is a step in that direction, the bright colors and overly bright theme. Warmth aims to be a softer, more blended theme, while still remaining within the ubuntu color scheme.
Warmth uses a blend of light and dark colors to draw the eye to the content of applications. The toolbars and menubars are dark, while the body of the application is light. Also, the lower contrast on the toolbars and menubars make the text and buttons feel blended into the theme, not glaring. Instead of a shiny, glassy effect, which gives a connotation of fragility, Warmth uses gradients, making the theme look more solid and smooth. Finally, Warmth tries to use bright colors in moderation, thus achieving a dimmed look, making the theme less obtrusive.

Warmth's colors are (almost) fully customizable using System > Preferences > Appearance. That is, you can customize any color except the background color of the dark parts and the color of the metacity buttons.

The metacity theme that comes bundled with Warmth is a customized version of the popular Homosapien theme.

Warmth supports Ubuntu Netbook Edition as well, and themes the panel buttons to fit in with the theme.

Screen shots

Install warmth in karmic

NOTE: This won't work in Karmic by default -- it needs the new version of the murrine engine.

If you are using Karmic and still want to try this theme, run these commands in the terminal:

git clone http://git.gnome.org/browse/murrine/

cd murrine

./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-animation


sudo make install

Then you can restart your computer, and install this theme.

or try this

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:suraia/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine

Source from here

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15 Responses

  1. The title bar is too big. It needs to be smaller, otherwise it will never be in Lucid.

  2. David says:

    The installation guide doesn’t work for me. I am using karmic. gtk-engines-murrine was not found but i could install gtk2-engines-murrine. Still the theme “warmth” does not appear.

  3. admin says:

    Try this procedure

    If you are using Karmic and still want to try this theme, run these commands in the terminal:

    git clone http://git.gnome.org/browse/murrine/

    cd murrine

    ./configure –prefix=/usr –enable-animation


    sudo make install

    Then you can restart your computer, and install this theme.

  4. Aamir says:

    Same issue as David’s 🙁

  5. Gerald Butler says:

    Don’t care for it. The icons look really out of place with the background. For me, the reaction is, “Yuck!” Sorry to be so blunt. Hope you can appreciate a diversity of opinion.

  6. Bitterjug says:

    What a ghastly mess. Dark tops and light bodies, the windows look as if they are made up of spare parts.

  7. Ofir Picazo says:

    What’s the font used in the screenshots?, it looks really nice.

  8. beattie says:

    When I try the git clone I do not get a configure executable

  9. Gustavo says:

    I agree with Bitterjug, having a dark theme with a huge contrast like this is unlikely to be well-taken. The point of a dark theme is that as much as possible should reduce brightness, not just hide the decorations…

  10. fict10n says:

    Who is “Warmth” theme optimized for?
    – menu bar wastes to much space
    – mixing dark and light is strange and will cause eye fatigue
    – low contract theme especialy on low contract LCD and CRT

    I prefer compact theme based on Tango.

  11. Will says:

    It kind of reminds me of the Dust theme (That I am using right now and love.) but the brown seems odd.


  12. Matt says:

    I agree with Gerald and Bitterjug. It is a big mess. A big contrast of light and dark in what seems like random places. Especially the gedit window, the light colors don’t seem to belong where they are.

  13. Snowman says:

    This brown stuff becomes worse and worse. Why is it needed? Reminds me for African funeral rather than happy forrest or shiny desert…

  14. Nils Geylen says:

    That font looks like Droid, but that could be because the display settings are stretched (which is also why the windows seem to take up so much place).

    I agree though that dark themes work best in a darker environment. I can see why the developers want to stay away from silver and blues (too Windows and Mac-ey) but yellow, orange, burgundy… those would work too isntead of all those ochre and sand hues.

    I think Mint has managed to integrate brightness with starkness well.

  15. yman says:

    I’d like it if only the entire window was dark.

    To me the theme doesn’t look warm, it looks like cold coal that was left over from a grill. “Memory of Warmth” would be a more suitable name IMO.

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