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Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10 285

Posted by Soulskill
from the neither-jaunty-nor-natty dept.
benfrog writes "In a blog post, Mark Shuttleworth announced some changes for Ubuntu 12.10 (due in October), including the code name (Quantal Quetzal — no, really) and a theme update. He said, 'That will kick off with a project on typography to make sure we are expressing ourselves with crystal clarity – making the most of Ubuntu’s Light and Medium font weights for a start. And a project on iconography, with the University of Reading, to refine the look of apps and interfaces throughout the platform. It’s amazing how quaint the early releases of Ubuntu look compared to the current style. And we’re only just getting started! In our artistic explorations we want to embrace tessellation as an expression of the part-digital, part-organic nature of Ubuntu.' Some other more meaningful announcements include a focus on the cloud in the server version and the lack of a transition from Upstart to systemd."
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Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

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  • "Quaint" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by lostmongoose (1094523) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @06:27PM (#39789199)
    What he calls 'quaint' I call 'usable.'
    • Re:"Quaint" (Score:5, Interesting)

      by MurukeshM (1901690) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @06:36PM (#39789293)

      I think he's referring to the artwork there. And I must agree. Some icons look a lot better now, and programs like update manager look a lot better, and cleaner. The current LightDM login screen is way cooler than the old GDM one. Though I can't make head or tail of the Software Centre's icon ,not at the size I usually see it (looks like a shopping bag or something?).

      • Meh, Software Center (Score:5, Informative)

        by Artifex (18308) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @06:48PM (#39789391) Journal

        I dumped that for Synaptic Package Manager as soon as I could.
        Don't need to be loading lots of graphics and junk on my lightweight netbook when I'm just trying to manage packages through a menu.

        • by clarkn0va (807617)
          My biggest gripe with the Software Centre is that not everything is in there. Try searching it for apache.
          • My biggest gripe with the Software Centre is that not everything is in there. Try searching it for apache.

            I know - it only shows up if you search for "apache2" and even then - none of the additional plugin components show. What the ...?

            I tend to mostly use "apt-cache search" and "apt-get" for my needs these days. Still faster to find and install what you are looking for than either synaptic or Software Centre.

          • by unixisc (2429386)

            For Apache, don't you have to search for httpd?

            I had problems w/ Synaptic - it would normally do a bad job installing apps I had just downloaded. For tarballs, just forget it. This was under an RHEL based distro, which is why any RHEL distro is out of the question for me.

          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by Waldeinburg (737568)
            That is not true. If you search for apache, you have to click "Show 493 technical items" afterwards, which is reasonable for a desktop system. What is not reasonable is the sorting; the apache2 package is obviously what the user is searching for, but it is way down in the list.
      • If it looks like a shopping bag, that's exactly what it's supposed to resemble. The icons for Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) and AppsLib also look like shopping bags.
    • Indeed, what about embracing desktop functionality? I'd've modded you up but you were already at 5.
    • by Larryish (1215510)

      Mr. Shuttleworth, a moment if you will...

      All the Ubuntu users that I know (x>0) want 8.04.4 interface with updated package versions.

      Maybe you could package it as "Working Wombat".

      The new "wishes-it-was-Windows-7-and-also-Mac" interface stands in the way of usability.

      Thank you. Carry on.

  • by History's Coming To (1059484) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @06:29PM (#39789213) Journal
    Didn't I tell you to quit making up animals?
  • What? (Score:4, Funny)

    by identity0 (77976) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @06:38PM (#39789315) Journal

    >part-digital, part-organic nature of Ubuntu.'

    Don't tell me they're going to make my desktop start smelling brown, too....

    I actually like the fact that Ubuntu is very organized and providing a direction for Linux desktops, but their UI choices have been idiosyncratic, to say the least.

  • by pushing-robot (1037830) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @06:40PM (#39789331)

    They've released a few screenshots [digitaltrends.com] demonstrating the cleaner, lighter typeface [gawkerassets.com] and refined iconography. [imgur.com]

    • by Ambvai (1106941)

      I actually kind of like the typeface used in the new Windows stuff. While I think it's being overused and the capitalization (or lackthereof) bugs me, it isn't inherently horrible. *coughComicSans*

  • by troff (529250) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @06:48PM (#39789387) Homepage Journal
    ... should be called "Somersaulting Shark"?
    • by treeves (963993)

      That's the version after the next. The next should be Regressive Rodent.

    • I think they should focus on bringing it onto all platforms, from ipads to the nintendo wii. They should call it "Slutty Squirrel."
  • I can't wait for the release of Ubuntu Varicose Veins

  • Not because I don't think it's cool and all that. I just tend to forget what half these otherwise useful programs are for after awhile.
    Libre Office is hanging on by a thread though.
  • I had "Probing Penis"

  • gee willikers your top priorities on an operating system is a theme, icons and fonts! Good thing its open source so that everyone will get a glimpse of the brilliance it takes to make an OS that is perfect in any situation, so you have all this time to piss away making a theme that 90% of the people will change instantly!

    • by clarkn0va (807617)

      It's generally agreed among those who use it that (GNU)Linux has been a good OS for years, and its greatest lack was marketing. People who already know that aren't bothered that some distros are working on making Linux shiny for the masses, while many who have yet to realize it will soon have that opportunity, now that the interface looks drastically less klunky.

      Ubuntu can afford to make appearance their top priority (I'm just running with your assumption here) because the groundwork's been done. Meanwhile,

  • by monoqlith (610041) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @08:07PM (#39790129)

    Red is the color of alarm, of fear. It is abrasive to the eyes and to our visual processing system and is often used to signify errors for these reasons.

    I know it seems unoriginal but Ubuntu needs to move over to a blue/green color palette. Mac OS X and Windows screens heavily utilize blue for this reason. It is psychologically soothing. It makes you feel like you're awash in the operating system as opposed to standing apart from it. I think if Ubuntu switches over to bluish colors we'll see a sharp increase in adoption.

    • by Osgeld (1900440)

      its better than baby vomit and brown, or tarnished silver, purple, and charcoal, but yea, if theres one thing Ubuntu does perfectly, its make a fugly theme

    • Yeah in the UI of the ATC system I work on red is only used for emergencies, nothing else. The actual colors are very subdued, even when red it used, but it stands out when it is used.

    • Oh yeah, colours? My rule of thumb is not to use anything, the name of which I cannot pronounce without doubting myself.

      Also I actually USE a COMPUTER as opposed to a netblet tablet bablet , so if it's unity then it's DOA for me.

    • Red is the color of alarm, of fear. It is abrasive to the eyes and to our visual processing system and is often used to signify errors for these reasons.

      I hate humans.

      Mac OS X and Windows screens heavily utilize blue for this reason. It is psychologically soothing. It makes you feel like you're awash in the operating system as opposed to standing apart from it.

      I really hate humans.

  • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @08:52PM (#39790491) Journal

    It reads like a press release for a product from some multi-billion dollar company; not a Linux distro. You can almost play bullshit bingo with that.

    "Upstart knows everything it wants to be, the competition wants to be everything. Quality comes from focus and clarity of purpose, it comes from careful design and rigorous practices. .. For our future on cloud and client, Upstart is crisp, clean and correct."

    "So there’s an opportunity to refresh the look. That will kick off with a project on typography to make sure we are expressing ourselves with crystal clarity – making the most of Ubuntu’s Light and Medium font weights for a start. And a project on iconography, with the University of Reading, to refine the look of apps and interfaces throughout the platform."

    "In our artistic explorations we want to embrace tessellation as an expression of the part-digital, part-organic nature of Ubuntu. We love the way tessellated art expresses both the precision and reliability of our foundations, and the freedom and collaboration of a project driven by people making stuff for people. There’s nothing quixotic in our desire to make Ubuntu the easiest, steadiest, and most beautiful way to live digitally."

    • My god, that's appallingly bad! When Ubuntu came out in 2004 its niche was clear -- Debian for people who couldn't install or configure Debian. A year or two later, Debian became just as easy to install and configure as Ubuntu, so now what purpose does it really serve? Plus Ubuntu-ites are frequently the annoying Mac fanbois of the linux world, and the number of incorrect, broken "howtos" for Ubuntu is simply staggering. The net effect has been that now we have as many clueless lusers as Mac and Windows. T
  • So they'll dump Unity for Xmonad? Way ahead of them.

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