The Linux faithful should see quite a change when they download the next major release of the popular Ubuntu distro. Version 10.04 is expected to come with a heavily revamped default theme. Yes, gone are the days of the brown default theme that has graced Ubuntu installs since its introduction in 2004.
Canonical has evolved the look ever so slightly as the OS has gone through revisions. The look has been getting decidedly brighter as time goes on with oranges creeping into the desktop color scheme. An expected black/orange redesign back in the 8.04 days never materialized, but the idea of a visual refresh never went away.
The new theme uses “light” as the model. The iconic logo has also been refreshed slightly with a thinner font and overall reduction in size. The Canonical design document claims, “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.” There are two different looks currently posted on the wiki page, it is unclear which will be the new default theme. Both have purple and orange elements, while one makes heavy use of slate grey, and the other uses light tans. These are still in the early stages, but it seems clear that Ubuntu will never look the same again.
It’s not a big deal, when you think about it. First, because the ad-based themes won’t be foisted upon the unwilling. Like with any themes users can pick-and-choose what they want. And, let’s be honest, there’s a propensity for some to associate with a brand, and what better way than to clutter a desktop with a corporate logo or product. We do it now. The only difference here is the way it’s being channeled.
Gmail themes have been around for awhile now, but the offerings have always been somewhat sparse. Almost everyone is able to find at least one style that worked, but beyond that your options were pretty limited. That’s why we were overjoyed when we heard that four new themes have been added, and now you can even go with the 8-bit inspired “High Score” option which offers up a dose of nostalgia to help ease the pain of sifting through an inbox full of spam.
Click settings, then themes to check out the four new options listed below.
1.) Orcas Island - Updates Daily 2.) High Score –Updates Daily (Pictured Above) 3.) Turf - Fixed Style 4.) Random - Cycles Through All Themes
Windows 7's display configuration settings have gone through some of the biggest transformations from previous editions, including Windows Vista. And, the changes are more than skin-deep. With improved support for portrait displays, better ways to detect and manage multiple monitors, easy projector connections, and better theme controls, Windows 7 makes it easier than ever before to make the visual components of Windows work the way you want them to. Join us after the jump for all the details.