Default Theme is Ugly

Asked by TDJACR on 2008-09-13

I know this isn't really a "Bug" but it is a "Bug" in the terms that it prevents new users from switching to Ubuntu. I've heard people tell me they'd prefer to use Vista, or XP due to their looks over Ubuntu. Ubuntu's default theme is also pretty ugly, in comparison to Fedora or OpenSUSE. Is there a way to have an option in the installer that offers the Human theme, and a nicer looking alternative. One that looks similar to OpenSUSE, with Gnome and the gnome-main-menu package installed by default. Many people I have asked are appalled by the default orange-brown colors. This could include a diff. GTK theme, Background, and a new GDM. Thank you.

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This question was originally filed as bug #269804.

Felipe Venegas (fvenegas) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see .

TDJACR (thedjatclubrock) said : #2

Alright, well let's see if anything happens here.

Andrew (and471) said : #3

A new theme and look are proposed for Ubuntu Intrepid. Also if you want to make a change, contribute to the Ubuntu Artwork Wiki, putting it here won't make it seen.

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #4

Ubuntu is very easy to customise.

If you don't like the brown theme, select another theme from System, Preferences, Appearance.

If you do not like the background image on your desktop, right click on the desktop and select "Change desktop background". If there is no image that suits you, add one.

Many people I know think that the default theme is very attractive. You must admit that the artwork is stunning. Could you do better?

TDJACR (thedjatclubrock) said : #5

Yes! I am fine (as an individual) doing those steps, however, for the Die-Hard windows user, they need to boot into an Attractive Live-CD, with a non orange-brown. I polled over 20 people, and they said, "If it looked nicer, I would use it, but it is quite Ugly." They need to have a good first impression. Also, you could always say "Well, you can change it to the orange.... by ....". If it was black, blue, or OpenSUSE green, it would look a lot nicer to the windows freak. Also, can grub get styling by default, similar to OpenSUSE's. It is a lot less frightening to the windows user than a black screen with white text. Thank you.

TDJACR (thedjatclubrock) said : #6

In addition, I tried Ibex, and the theme it booted me into was even yuckier. It seemed very non-windows attractive. I am not suggesting using the same colors as M$, etc, but I *am* suggesting we use a standard bar, similar to the Human or Glossy bar. The GDM screen could also be redone, maybe to look like Or something similar? Maybe even the OpenSUSE style GNOME menu, found in the gnome-main-menu package. Thanks again.

TDJACR (thedjatclubrock) said : #7

Two options during install
1.) Standard Ubuntu
2.) Modern Ubuntu
Hmm? Maybe this would work?

Johannes Pilkahn (j-pilkahn) said : #8

Since you're looking to contribute ideas and don't really have a support question, it'd be best you'd take a look at

Multiples of "The theme ought to be changed" ideas exist.

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