Feeds

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx changes its spots

Runs brown out of town

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Canonical is replacing its signature brown color scheme with the debut of Ubuntu 10.04, the next major release of the popular Linux distribution.

Departing from six years of interface tradition, Canonical has revealed a new "light" default theme and updated Ubuntu logo that introduces a pallet of purple, orange, slate grey, and tan. The new look made its public debut on the blog of Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon on Wednesday.

The Ubuntu team said the new visual style is "inspired by the idea of light.'"

"We're drawn to Light because it denotes both warmth and clarity, and intrigued by the idea that 'light' is a good value in software," the Ubuntu design documentation waxes poetical. "Good software is 'light' in the sense that it uses your resources efficiently, runs quickly, and can easily be reshaped as needed."

Lucid Lynx 'Dark Theme.'

Lucid Lynx 'Light Theme.'

(Decently-scaled screens are viewable here).

The new theme does its little turn on the catwalk with the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. The update also include a new boot splash screen for Ubuntu — although the devs boast "not that you'll see it for very long thanks to the amazing work by the engineering teams!"

Canonical has discussed a complete overhaul to the default theme since Ubuntu 8.04, Hardy Heron. But Ubuntu happens — and the familiar browns have remained from the very first distribution back in 2004 until now.

According to the Ubuntu branding wiki, the new style was first conceived last year by a small team helmed by Mark Shuttleworth who gathered to review the OS's branding and public image. The results of that huddle will now be applied to both the operating system's UI as well as how Ubuntu will present itself to the public.

A gallery of how Canonical plans to pitch Ubuntu everything from advertisements, to T-shirts, to CD covers, to coffee mugs can be viewed here.

The final release of Ubuntu 10.04 is planned for this April. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.