Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ubuntu releases updated logo, theme, and wallpaper for Lucid Lynx (10.04)

The Ubuntu wiki recently released some images that reflect the new "Light" theme which will replace the current "Human" theme as Ubuntu's default theme. This change reflects the first major thematic change in Ubuntu's color palate since 2004.

Per the wiki page that announced this change, the explanation behind the change to the "Light" theme is described as follows:
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. Good software is "light" in the sense that it uses your resources efficiently, runs quickly, and can easily be reshaped as needed. Ubuntu represents a break with the bloatware of proprietary operating systems and an opportunity to delight to those who use computers for work and play. More and more of our communications are powered by light, and in future, our processing power will depend on our ability to work with light, too.

The default wallaper looks like this:

Here are two of the default logos:

The community logos will follow this new artistic style, encouraging a sense of unity and community amongst the related projects.

Here are the new GTK themes that are available. One has dark menus, and the other has light menus:

The boot splash screen has also been updated:

Here is a mock-up of the color palate that could be used in promotional materials and CD covers, providing a design that stands out from the other operating systems that are available.

The Ubuntu websites will also be receiving a face-lift in this update. Here are some images that show how the sites may appear in the future:

It should be fun to see the new color palate when Lucid Lynx is released. For those that cannot wait until the official release, OMG!Ubuntu! has announced that the new theme has already made its way into Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3. Feel free to continue following OMG!Ubuntu! for Ubuntu updates, as they are quite interested in Ubuntu, as their name suggests.