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[News] Appearance of Ubuntu GNU/Linux Debated Further - Good and Bad

  • Subject: [News] Appearance of Ubuntu GNU/Linux Debated Further - Good and Bad
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 09:58:05 +0000
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The color of stability

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| What is the color of stability? A certain 
| blue to be sure. Can it be aubergine? Well, 
| this is what Ubuntu is trying to do with its 
| upcoming Long Term Support (LTS) release, 
| 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Make Ubuntu look 
| different. Step away from its legacy orange.
| My initial reaction, as I was fighting a not 
| so successful Jaunty update that turned my 
| Shutdown button into Logout button, was a 
| kneejerk impulse. Browsing through a gallery 
| of copy-pasted images from Ubuntu Brand page 
| and replicated like Borg in a kazillion 
| blogs, I did not like much what I was 
| seeing, a Mac-like imitation. 


Itâs time to fix the window controls

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| March 3rd was a strange day. It was one day 
| before User Interface freeze for the 
| upcoming Ubuntu Lucid long term support 
| release.  By the end of the day we were 
| supposed to have the entire look and feel of 
| the desktop settled on so people could start 
| writing documentation and books.


Purple vs Orange

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| Scottie posted an entry earlier about the 
| new Ubuntu branding. Iâve been meaning to 
| make a very similar post, but Iâve had lots 
| more important things to do the last two 
| weeks.
| For those who have missed it, Canonical 
| announced the new branding and artwork on 
| the day of the User Interface Freeze for the 
| Lucid development cycle. The decisions 
| around the new branding have been met with 
| some controversy, and as Scottie pointed 
| out, some awkwardness around it. Iâll try to 
| sum up my views about it in this post.


2 reasons not to use when claiming Lucid changes are bad

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| 1: Ubuntu users aren't used to the change
| I'm getting pretty sick and tired of the 
| Ubuntu users out there that revert to saying 
| that all changes that canonical has made to 
| Ubuntu for 10.04 are bad "because Ubuntu 
| users aren't used to them".  I don't really 
| see how you can consider anything change 
| unless something has ... well ... changed.  
| Yes, these same people that are making those 
| claims are the same people that are out 
| there complaining about there being no 
| changes.



Ubuntu 10.04 Live CD Installer gets improved look

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| The Ubuntu 10.04 Live CD has ditched the
| boring âblack on white textâ menu approach
| and instead delivers up a GUI menu. Whilst
| weâre still 2 months away from the final
| installer design, hereâs a quick peek at it
| as it currently exists: -
| So youâve download and burnt your Ubuntu
| 10.04 Live CD, you pop it into your disc
| tray and whirr up.


Iâm a Mac, Iâm an Ubuntu PC

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| Now, almost two years later, Shuttleworth
| seems ready to put his money where his
| mouth is with the coming release of Lucid
| Lynx, the first Ubuntu to break out of its
| dark brown motif and orange âHumanâ theme
| since the distribution was introduced in
| 2004.
| In a blog entry this month, Jono Bacon,
| Ubuntu community manager at Canonical,
| offered the public a glimpse of the new
| look that the popular Linux distribution
| will sport when it is launched in April.
| âThe new style of Ubuntu is driven by the
| theme âLight,ââ Bacon writes. âWeâve
| 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.â


Ubuntu's new look

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| Good interface design is crucial to making
| users comfortable with the tools in front
| of them. It makes it easy for them to find
| what they want and get the task at hand
| done. Whether they do this with a black
| background or a brown one or an orange one
| doesn't really matter all that much.
| Having been a long-time user of Ubuntu
| Linux I can say with certainty that there
| are far more pressing issues when it comes
| to interface design than the choice of
| colours. The menu system, almost entirely
| based on Gnome, is still incredibly
| unfriendly to users. I know much has been
| done over the years to improve this but
| there is some way to go.


Ubuntu Rebranding


New in lucid...

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| If you're running lucid with the latest
| updates be sure to try click n' drag the
| window from anywhere in the top dark area.
| In other words, the windeco and menubar
| are both dragable now.


Ubuntu 10.04âs UI â What Can Less Brown Do For You?

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| If thereâs two things Ubuntu has always
| been, itâs brown and orange. This has a
| striking resemblance to the not-so good
| looking nature of, say, a shag living room
| carpet circa the 1970s.
| You canât convince me that a brown
| interface with bright orange icons looks
| good. Not a chance. Ubuntu has been like
| that for quite some time. While itâs true
| you could always change the GUI colors to
| whatever you wish, the point is that you
| always see a cavalcade of brown and orange
| on first install.
| [...]
| If youâre wondering whatâs breaking
| familiarity with 10.04âs desktop compared
| to 9.10, the bottom panel isnât there by
| default, the aforementioned window
| controls have been moved from right to
| left, and I donât see any workspace
| switching options in the top panel whereas
| you did before in the now-gone bottom
| panel.


Hands-on: a close look at Ubuntu's new non-brown theme


And Ubuntu changed again!

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| If there is one thing I do not like about
| Ubuntu, or better still, that irritates me
| about the project, it is the frequency
| with which things keep changing on the GUI
| front. Heck, seems every release has a
| learning curve in terms of GUI!


Is operating system beauty skin deep?

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| Ubuntu has the opposite problem. Itâs just
| an operating system. What it needs is a
| standard application bundle, shipped
| together or in conjunction with it, to make
| it useful. An operating system, a graphics
| program, a browser, and basic utilities
| people use every day.
| While Microsoft is anxious to create these
| bundles, seeing it as opportunity, however,
| Ubuntu seems to see this as a Hobsonâs
| Choice. Since open source programs carry no
| price, there is little basis on which it
| can make these choices.
| It needs to make them.
| What I want in an operating system isnât
| something that runs a computer. What I want
| is a computer that runs. I want it to be
| simple, I want it to be fast, I want it to
| be complete.


Light: the new look of Ubuntu

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| Jono Bacon, Alan Pope, and many others have
| written, yesterday we published a new
| visual story and style for Ubuntu. The core
| design work was lead by Marcus Haslam, Otto
| Greenslade and Dominic Edmunds, who are the
| three visual artists leading our efforts in
| the Canonical Design team. Once we had the
| base ideas in place we invited some anchor
| members of the Ubuntu Art community to a
| design sprint, to test that the concept had
| the legs to work with the full range of
| forums, websites, derivatives and other
| pieces of this huge and wonderful project.
| And apparently, it does!


Ubuntu has new themes â but what is up with those window buttons?

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| So what has been learned from this example.
| Sometimes something untraditional,
| especially in regard to interfaces can
| increase usability and make things
| generally easier. Of course other real
| world scenarios could discredit this
| reasoning. Please feel free to post any
| scenarios in which you feel this button
| arrangement is more of a hindrance than
| helpful.

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