Ubuntu shows off new "Light" theme; brown is history

Beginning with the release of Lucid Lynx (10.04 LTS), which is expected to hit PCs at the end of April, Ubuntu's UI will no longer look like it came about as a result of a bad accident in the ladies room. Gone are the days of overly suffocating brown-ness. From here onward, Ubuntu will come in a new theme, called "Light."

The official word was posted on Ubuntu's Wiki. The new theme has more of a professional, 21st century feel to it. However, the overall look and layout of the OS hasn't changed much. The few differences are sure to be welcomed by the Linux community, but many won't think it's enough to push Ubuntu into more mainstream computing.

"The new style of Ubuntu is driven by the theme 'Light'. We've developed a comprehensive set of visual guidelines and treatments that reflect that style, and are updating key assets like the logo accordingly. The new theme takes effect in 10.04 LTS and will define our look and feel for several years."

The decision of branding Ubuntu as "Light" comes from the idea of "warmth and clarity." According to the Ubuntu team, it also gives off the impression of efficiency and quickness. Being that "light is beautiful," so to, Ubuntu needed to be more aesthetically pleasing. Here's what the team came up with:

Logos:

Ubuntu Logo 1

Ubuntu Logo 2

 

Boot Screen:

Ubuntu Boot Screen

 

Desktop (notice the lack of bottom task bar):

Ubuntu Desktop Light Theme

Ubuntu Desktop Dark Theme

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patience is a virtue, some must realise that this is still heavily under development, wait and ye shall see the end result

min/max buttons + color scheme might use some work
but overall it's good, especially right next to brownbrown

Damn. It's still ugly. I guess I'll just customize it starting with the bluebuntu theme, new fonts, and making a useful taskbar. I know I should probably use KDE, but I think that KDE looks too Fisher-Price and boxy for my tastes.

This theme seems to be heading downhill. The buttons being on the left is ok, but the order seems weird and the buttons themselves looks like crap. Although what disappoints me is the colors and cheap gradients used in the two themes. I love the boot up screen though, minimalistic and clean.

"Light"?

Funny, I still see Brown, dark gray & tan. The only thing "light" is that they lightened the load by removing the useful toolbar from the bottom.

bjoswald said,
I wonder if the little Ubuntu logo on the boot screen rotates like a cog...

While that would look nice, note that it isn't a "cog", the logo is three people (of different races) holding hands. Rotate it and they'd be playing "Ring around the Rosie". :)

wallpaper

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_FJH0hYZmVtc/S4_ZGgRNXkI/AAAAAAAAGOI/AbN3XHnSVL0/s1600-h/warty-final-ubuntu%5B6%5D.png

ChrisJ1968 said,
when does this theme take over officially? i see some websites have alpha versions with the same brown color...YUCK!

The new themes were uploaded to the repos a few hours ago.

i like the boot screen, the new logo, the task bar, and the wallpaper. the rest of the interface needs work, in my opinion. it's a really annoying interface theme actually, because some parts look great and other parts look awful. at least the Human theme was consistently unappealing to me.

I've used Ubuntu (oo-BOON-too, per a video included a couple of releases ago and, as others said, it is an African word) for a few years now and don't have anything Microsoft. Very happy with it. Regarding the appearance, the Human theme reflects the colors that people come in. Although one may not like the browns, I like the spirit and intent, and think of it often when I boot up. For those who didn't like it, there were lots of other themes to choose from and if you like lots of GUI eye candy, there is Kubuntu. People should gie a little credit - Ubuntu has come a long way in just a few years. The real advantages to Ubuntu (and Linux) are under the hood. Security, stability, single software repository with automatic updates, and advanced OS features like the ext4 filesystem, user area encryption, and USB3 support. The selection of apps is good and always improving, as is the hardware compatibility. So, those who feel like mocking and jeering, go ahead. I'll use my virus-free, industrial-strength firewall protected system all day and all night. And did mention I paid $0 for it?

Looks much better. I'm getting sick of some linux distros looking cheap and nasty (mandriva with kde anyone?)

Damn... I am really disappointed; like Deihmos said, it really looks like a design from the late 90's. I really don't understand why they added that needless bevel under the close/min/max buttons... and the order in which they appear (max->min->close) looks very odd. The default windows manager is UNUSABLE by modern standards and is butt ugly; it actually resembles Windows 95 with even bigger icons. The font choice is poor at best and what's the deal with the font size?!?
They also need to totally revise the color palette for this distro, it's distasteful, not to say nauseous.
The new logo is OK I guess... but they should just get rid of the tri-orb part if you ask me...

buzz99 said,

90's were not bad...

Well, they did say that "The new theme has more of a professional, 21st century feel to it."
IMO, this doesn't look very 21st century, not one tiny bit.

Deihmos said,
Still looks like something from back in the 90s

i never saw anything like this back in the 90's do you have any screenshots or pictures to share with us ?

I for one really like the new logo and colors, they make for a cool branding. As far as the window appearance goes, Human was a lot better. But truthfully I'll probably just change window managers once I get it anyway (as most people do). Xfwm4 is incredibly fast and functional, and has enough themes out there to satisfy just about anyone, and don't forget about compiz+emerald... You know, you simply can't argue with Linux... If there's something you don't like, you bet your ass you can change it without too much trouble.

Looking good I don't mind the OSX inspired look but still prefer the close/min/max buttons on the right hand side of the window, other then that it looks slick.

the close minimize and restore buttons are ugly and the bevel around the windows just doesn't fit well with the theme, it just all looks a bit half-hearted to me and certainly doesn't look any "lighter" or "quicker"... not at all professional, I think they have missed a trick here.

Sick of curved edges on everything, especially when they are jagged, that's why I use Openbox or a Window Manager that has nice, clean angles!

As for the fonts, Ubuntu uses XFT by default which is donkeys years old, much better off with a custom .fonts.conf.

So if I was an Ubuntu user, all of a sudden, with this upgrade, the close/max/min buttons will flip over to the other side with this update?

what said,
So if I was an Ubuntu user, all of a sudden, with this upgrade, the close/max/min buttons will flip over to the other side with this update?

Nah, that's a customisation the person who took the screensho has made himself. One of the advantages of linux. Everything is customisable. I also suspect the bottom bar will still be there but this guy has removed it from his own personal setup.

It's levels below Windows Vista/7/OS-X in terms of being polished. Just looks meh. Seriously looks like something someone made on Deviant art.

neufuse said,
How long until Apple sues over their many many UI patents being "abused"....

Exactly my thoughts... Maybe each icon on the Ubuntu desktop is a violation of an Apple's patent....

neufuse said,
How long until Apple sues over their many many UI patents being "abused"....

Maybe if they did a better job at copying it. At this point I'm guessing both Apple and Microsoft are laughing their guts out regarding this new look.

well i installed Ubuntu just to have it also and i must tell i sit more it than windows it takes less than 50 secs boot up and Firefox is on ready to go and shutdown is basically 25 secs it great apps to atleast view anything the only things we need there in order for widows to go is adobe CS intuit QB and MS Office

Err, those boot/shutdown times are kind of long, aren't they? The only Ubuntu I use regularly is netbook edition, and that starts up before I can get my watch out.

Still horrible fonts and an ugly tan/blah shade all over. Better than before, sure, but not enough of a departure to make me think "oh wow!"

Why does every discussion about GUI seem to attract guys like this who feel like they have nothing better to do with their time than criticize people with the nerve to have an opinion on what looks good/better/best?

We get it. You think GUI doesn't matter. The fark are you doing in a screenshots thread then? This isn't even a matter of you expressing your own opinion (which you have a right to do) on the screenshots. You're expressing an opinion on OPINIONS, which is completely unproductive and unwelcome, but hey, I'm sure there's a choir around here somewhere you're singing to, and they just might come along and defend you.

Joshie said,
Why does every discussion about GUI seem to attract guys like this who feel like they have nothing better to do with their time than criticize people with the nerve to have an opinion on what looks good/better/best?

We get it. You think GUI doesn't matter. The fark are you doing in a screenshots thread then? This isn't even a matter of you expressing your own opinion (which you have a right to do) on the screenshots. You're expressing an opinion on OPINIONS, which is completely unproductive and unwelcome, but hey, I'm sure there's a choir around here somewhere you're singing to, and they just might come along and defend you.

Very well said. In all honesty, I want my OS to be easy on the eyes. Ubuntu is trying their hardest to make it as pretty as they can, and they are taking steps to make Ubuntu easy for the everyday user.

Joshie said,
Why does every discussion about GUI seem to attract guys like this who feel like they have nothing better to do with their time than criticize people with the nerve to have an opinion on what looks good/better/best?

It's funny to see people state "oh my that is horrible" seriously folks, unless the GUI induces an epileptic seizure it should'nt imo matter too much to utter the words "horrible" or Oh my Gawd!Z!!!"

We get it. You think GUI doesn't matter. The fark are you doing in a screenshots thread then?

Because i'm still young enough to where arthritis hasn't rendered me incapable of using my mouse to click on an article to view what folk's comments are.

This isn't even a matter of you expressing your own opinion (which you have a right to do) on the screenshots. You're expressing an opinion on OPINIONS, which is completely unproductive and unwelcome,

Say's who? The Official Neowin committee of what's productive and unproductive on the internetz that you are president of?

but hey, I'm sure there's a choir around here somewhere you're singing to, and they just might come along and defend you.


Pot Kettle, kettle pot.

Edited by Denis W., Mar 5 2010, 3:30am : quote tags

vincent said,

Because i'm still young enough to where arthritis hasn't rendered me incapable of using my mouse to click on an article to view what folk's comments are.

For what it's worth, that's essentially saying you came to this article specifically to read the comments. Comments on a new GUI. In other words, you're bothered by the existence of comments that you intentionally clicked to find. How can you so confidently declare other people are wasting their time when you're spending yours thus? How is it productive going out of your way LOOKING for people to disagree with?

While it might not be against the rules to have opinions on opinions, I never said it was. I just said it was unproductive and unwelcome, which it is. You couldn't even muster up an opinion on the article to go along with it.

It's like a journalist criticizing the work of other journalists without offering any journalism of his own.

Edited by Joshie, Mar 5 2010, 5:28am :

Joshie said,

For what it's worth, that's essentially saying you came to this article specifically to read the comments. Comments on a new GUI. In other words, you're bothered by the existence of comments that you intentionally clicked to find. How can you so confidently declare other people are wasting their time when you're spending yours thus? How is it productive going out of your way LOOKING for people to disagree with?

While it might not be against the rules to have opinions on opinions, I never said it was. I just said it was unproductive and unwelcome, which it is. You couldn't even muster up an opinion on the article to go along with it.

It's like a journalist criticizing the work of other journalists without offering any journalism of his own.


It's unproductive, according to who? your irony is showing, instead of commenting on the article itself you've chosen to address my opinions, don't throw rocks when you live in a glass house.

Joshie said,

For what it's worth, that's essentially saying you came to this article specifically to read the comments. Comments on a new GUI. In other words, you're bothered by the existence of comments that you intentionally clicked to find. How can you so confidently declare other people are wasting their time when you're spending yours thus? How is it productive going out of your way LOOKING for people to disagree with?

While it might not be against the rules to have opinions on opinions, I never said it was. I just said it was unproductive and unwelcome, which it is. You couldn't even muster up an opinion on the article to go along with it.

It's like a journalist criticizing the work of other journalists without offering any journalism of his own.

Well said.

vincent said,

It's unproductive, according to who? your irony is showing, instead of commenting on the article itself you've chosen to address my opinions, don't throw rocks when you live in a glass house.

"It's like a journalist criticizing the work of other journalists without offering any journalism of his own."

You're welcome to look around and see that I've mustered up comments on the article's topic. I've 'offered my own'. I'm not sure what type of irony you're talking about, but I don't think you expected being called out to this degree for your post, so I'll leave you alone at this point. You're welcome to do the trollish thing and think that means you've somehow accomplished something, but it's just that there's this thread on the MS Courier now and it's really much more interesting than both your comments and this article (sorry Canonical).

I mean, seriously, it's like, I clicked it unconsciously when I saw the homepage. It's just that neat.

Not really into the theme, it doesn't really have smooth clean lines. Nothing a custom theme can't solve though!

It looks nice but needs some polishing i guess. They should probably think about mirroring the min/max/close buttons because a close button is much easier to hit on a corner.

I love this new theme! The brown theme was a bit, "shi**y" (pun intended) so its nice to have this new clarity look going on ;)

I'm liking it, as a default theme anyway. A lot of less experienced users will install it and never change or tweak the look of it, so a good default theme is important.

Looks more and more like it could be suitable for average joe's soon. The only time I've had to use the terminal so far was when I installed lighttpd and php. I'd like to see what Fedora are coming up with in the future too.

Still looks like Gnome. Personally more a fan of KDE or XFCE (and other distros for that matter ). Glad to know they'll be using less brown. That will certainly help with first impressions.

I do applaud their efforts with Linux though, and respect the work they've done with trying to make Ubuntu a "human" piece of work that attempts to make it accessible to people.

There is always something about Linux interfaces either KDE or GNOME that i don't like. I don't know if its the fonts, i just cannot put my finger on it.

Updated screenshots posted by an Ubuntu Core developer shows the window buttons on the top right side.

http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2010/03/ubuntus-new-themes-and-byobu.html

Rob2687 said,
Updated screenshots posted by an Ubuntu Core developer shows the window buttons on the top right side.

http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2010/03/ubuntus-new-themes-and-byobu.html

Maybe it's customizable?

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Maybe it's customizable?

It is but apparently the default is the right sided buttons. So there's no need for people to get all worked up over copying OSX's button alignment. The guy who took the screenshots had it customized on the left.

It looks very similar to OS X as others have already mentioned. They even have the ubuntu logo in the same colour and place as the Apple logo on the top menu bar and are using the exact same Bluetooth icon and WiFi indicator icon.

Very strange that they would do this in my opinion..

I see your point on the WiFi icon, but I was always under the impression that the Bluetooth icon is an official branded logo, and uniform across all platforms (Win, Mac, mobile). Ditching the blue coloring in favor of just the letter and white is no more Mac than it is Windows 7, isn't it?

It's nothing special. Nothing we haven't seen before on Gnome Look. I'll still stick with a custom theme of my own choice.

The boot splash is really nice though.

So they took OS Xs theme, changed the colour, and put the close button on the other side of the min/max controls.

How "innovative" of them.

Binary said,
So they took OS Xs theme, changed the colour, and put the close button on the other side of the min/max controls.

How "innovative" of them.


resembles KoLs thallos VS for XP more then OSX in relation to buttons rest looks like usual GNOME

I'd use the term 'inspired' over 'take' tbh.

Kind of like how KDE's design philosophy is, for the most part, drawing a lot of cues from the current version of Windows. :P Not an outright rip, but heavily inspired.

Edited by Denis W., Mar 4 2010, 6:38pm :

It still looks a little like a "Fisher Price" interface.

Nice to see Linux getting better; it's still not going to get anywhere with the consumer though.

able_aardvark said,
It still looks a little like a "Fisher Price" interface.

Nice to see Linux getting better; it's still not going to get anywhere with the consumer though.

At least the intent is there. They -are- trying, which is more effort than many distros will put into something like this. Most of them have a 'it's good enough for me' attitude about the GUI.

able_aardvark said,
It still looks a little like a "Fisher Price" interface.

Nice to see Linux getting better; it's still not going to get anywhere with the consumer though.

Why does it look "fisher price"? Because it doesn't have transparency overload like Win VIsta/7?

Rudy said,
Why does it look "fisher price"? Because it doesn't have transparency overload like Win VIsta/7?

Settle down Donkey... it's a personal opinion which i happen to agree with. Does look better though.

Mike Chipshop said,

Settle down Donkey... it's a personal opinion which i happen to agree with. Does look better though.

No need for name calling, I'm just asking for him to elaborate on his personal opinion

Serenity76 said,

At least the intent is there. They -are- trying, which is more effort than many distros will put into something like this. Most of them have a 'it's good enough for me' attitude about the GUI.


most Open source people have that attitude. it really sucks, one of the main reasons why i'm still mainly using Windows for my desktop systems. the 'dont care, it works how i want it' attitude of linux programmers and users is annoying as ****, because YOU can do stuff like that, doesnt mean everyone can.
Plus most is setup in a way that the average joe user has to spend OR far to much time figuring the OS out, installing drivers (its easier nowadays, but windows still kicks ahead) or compiling and make'ing software, using a terminal allot for everyday things.

To use Linux properly, you need to spend time studying and learning how to use it.
Windows doesn't have this, start it up and pretty much every idiot with the IQ of a brocoli can work the system

Heavily OS X inspired, but pleasing to the eye certainly. Font size looks a bit large on the windows.

Rob said,
Heavily OS X inspired, but pleasing to the eye certainly. Font size looks a bit large on the windows.
Looks great, but I'm not sure about the close/min/max buttons.... I don't mind them being on the left side like OSX but the order of the button is odd

I agree, also Ubuntu needs to work on the font type department. With that ugly font, you never forget that is a Linux ;)

They shouldn't be afraid to invert the order of the buttons to match OS X's caption buttons, or revert it to the right side. The way it is right now is really odd.

rm20010 said,
They shouldn't be afraid to invert the order of the buttons to match OS X's caption buttons, or revert it to the right side. The way it is right now is really odd.
very very odd, it will just confuse people

Rob said,
Heavily OS X inspired, but pleasing to the eye certainly. Font size looks a bit large on the windows.

The fact that most linux distro's have giant font's and arent the slightest bit compact bugs me. Its what makes my transition so hard, that everything uses up so much space. And by hard, it hasnt happened yet, linux isnt my main os yet.

Rudy said,
Looks great, but I'm not sure about the close/min/max buttons.... I don't mind them being on the left side like OSX but the order of the button is odd

You can most likely change it:
http://lifehacker.com/354925/arrange-the-window-buttons-in-gnome

Rob said,
Heavily OS X inspired, but pleasing to the eye certainly. Font size looks a bit large on the windows.

ubuntu I always had my stuff along the top. as for OS X inspired. always thought of it the other way round. OS X seems to be a Linux flavor.

Rob said,
Heavily OS X inspired, but pleasing to the eye certainly. Font size looks a bit large on the windows.

Exactly, I never get why the FONT is so big in linux, it doesn't look nice AT ALL. New UI looking great btw. But seriously look at the 'explorer', the button bar is SOOO big, why, just make it compact and save space. How can the makers not notice this or not care?!

I do however also wonder where you can see the windows that are 'open' but minimized. Or just for window switching purpose.

Edited by jporter, Mar 5 2010, 12:12pm :

Rob said,
Heavily OS X inspired, but pleasing to the eye certainly. Font size looks a bit large on the windows.

lol
u didn't know OSX came out after linux version ?
so u'all out there, should correct this saying, instead say...

"So this is the original !"
lol

rm20010 said,
They shouldn't be afraid to invert the order of the buttons to match OS X's caption buttons, or revert it to the right side. The way it is right now is really odd.

I've read elsewhere that these screenshots were taken by someone who had their screen setup like a Mac - but that the real theme will have right-aligned, not left-aligned window decorations.