New Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) Proposed art work

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Opklaar is African for clear, the general idea behind this design is to be clear, clean and crisp. In addition I have included Ubuntu's recurring brownn style whilst upholding the clear look.


I feel when this concept is made, the ‘Still Life Brushed ‘ icon theme from will fit it beautifully.

Please note that this project is undergoing, the current design is of a poor standard, I have made it quickly to show how I will build on my idea.



Wasp is a suite of GTK, Metacity, Xfwm and GDM themes. It includes:

* Wasp (GTK, Metacity, Xfwm)
* Wasp-Alt (GTK, Metacity, Xfwm)
* Wasp-Hard (GTK, Metacity, Xfwm)
* patch
* Stylish addon for Firefox
* Wasp for GDM

Why Wasp is different

* Wasp is the first theme (as far as i know) that has a script to take care of apps.
* Wasp takes care of most used apps with adhoc configurations: no strange behaviour like dark toolbar where it shouldn't be, no redundant borders, no compromise on general setting just because of a strange behaviour in one app.
* Wasp is not all dark or all light: it is simply dark where it looks good, and light where it looks good.
* Don't like orange/brown colors? just use GNOME Appearance and choose whatever colors you want Wasp is totally recolorable.


In Wasp-Alt theme, I put all configurations that I don't like but most people want and all configurations that make less trouble and are more compatible. For now, Wasp-Alt differ for scrollbars, Nautilus and Gnome-Terminal configurations.


Wasp-Hard is a darker version of Wasp, it is suited for everyone and in particular for globalmenu users.





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15 Responses

  1. I liked Wasp. Just a little bit, though.

  2. madhu says:

    Too much brown again ….

  3. Brett Howard says:

    Whats this crap about too much brown? Its a wallpaper… Windows has too much blue on their windows 7 wallpaper. Change the thing and move on people. It not like anything radical is going to happen in Lucid anyway its an LTS.

  4. Otis says:

    I’ve always been a big Ubuntu fan, however the whole brownish theme they’ve always used is really butt ugly. I’d say the vast majority of users would agree with that. Perhaps they could give theme choices during setup: Blues, Greens, or Browns. Then everyone would stop complaining about the extra time it takes to remove all of the brown ugliness after installation.

  5. AlexQR says:

    I like it! This theme is very cool! If some one don’t like brown they will suffer till end of there days, because it is absolutely impossible to change!!! ^^

  6. jojomonkey says:

    great…as long as previous options are available…i’m beginning to think whether or not a new theme every release is needed? I like the idea of having a new theme to inspire a new release – just allow people to have older options – some people prefer to keep it the same.

  7. Sparx says:

    I definitely like the wasp-dark theme. It reminds me a bit about the zbrush interface theme. And there needs to be a good alternative to the brownish theme that is the default now. Right now I’m using a theme that was presented on ubuntugeek a couple of weeks ago called tropico something. The thing is that it’s really just the top boarder that has the nice dark touch and not the whole windows as this has. If the end result will look as good as it seems to I will, no doubt, use it. Great work!

  8. knewell says:

    I like it. ­čÖé

  9. slumbergod says:

    Every one of these new themes is so minutely different from the others that they all look the same. It’s like they modify a couple of pixels here and there and “bingo, a new theme!”

    How about a radical redesign for the LTS releases? Something that actually looks different.

  10. “African” is not a language. The correct term is Afrikaans, a descendent of Dutch. It’s like German vs Germanic.

  11. David Kirba says:

    I have to point out that there is no such language as “African”. Africa is a large continent, not a country, and there are hundreds of ethnic groups, languages and cultures here.

  12. Bob says:

    If you think brown is ugly (that is what I think, too) – Use Kububtu! It is so easy! – And brown is gone…

  13. Brian says:

    Love the wasp-hard window theme. Background is no good. I think this window system is sleek and understandable for new Ubuntu users.

  14. kaddy says:

    the biggest Amatuer Dog Turd theme in existence

  15. When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any way you’ll be able to take away me from that service? Thanks!

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