Ubuntu is making a switchover from its ‘Human‘ theme which defined the looks of Ubuntu for the previous 6 years, starting from the time Ubuntu was born. The new style of Ubuntu will be driven by the theme ‘Light‘.
A comprehensive set of guidelines has been devised so as to reflect this change at every place related to the Ubuntu project. The new theme takes effect from the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which is slated for its release in April 2010. This new theme will define the looks of Ubuntu in all future releases.
The new style of Ubuntu is inspired by idea of ‘Light’. and Ubuntu aims to be ‘Light’ in all senses. It denotes warmth, clarity, efficiency, lightness on resources, etc..
A display of the changes-
1)New Logo– Aims at reflecting the precision & engineering, that sits at the heart of Ubuntu, but not at the expense of the immediately recognisable circle of friends.
2)Community Logos-New logos have been made for the community sites related to Ubuntu.
3)New GTK Themes– I think this is the most important and a timely change for Ubuntu, that will go a long way in enhancing its popularity among the masses.
The Dark Theme
The Light Theme
4)New Bootspash– The theme change is complete with a new Boot Splash, that is absolutely eye-pleasing.
5)New website design– You can see a major change to the looks of the Ubuntu website-
6)New CD cover– The cd cover of Ubuntu 10.04 (onwards) will sport a new look.
NB:One thing which I disliked about this new theme is the placement of the Window control(Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons) at the left side of a Window’s title-bar.