Ubuntu 10.10 Ambiance Theme Gets An Update

You may be familiar with the Ambiance theme since its debut in Ubuntu 10.04, but the Canonical Design team has just confirmed changes to the theme that are due to be released with Ubuntu 10.10.

Early screenshots of the new Ambiance theme.

Several things have been updated in this latest preview into the new Ambiance theme. Scrollbars, scrubbers, buttons, menus, window controls, title bars, GNOME panels and indicator menus…just to name a few. To read about these changes in more detail, you should head over to the article posted by Otto from the design team.

One thing that seems to not be mentioned about the screenshot is the background being used. If you look closely, you’ll notice that it resembles the background released with Ubuntu 10.04 very closely, but there are several subtle differences. Notice the two very orange flares as well as the hyper-white flare on the right. The gradients also appear to be much more refined.

I’ve been using this theme for a couple of days now since it was leaked and I’m in high approval of the changes. Especially those to the window control buttons, which now have a much more pleasant appearance and a better overall feel.

Radiance and Dark themes are also in the works, but (as noted by the design team) are not yet ready to be released. If you’d like to go ahead and test these themes in Lucid or Maverick, they’ve provided the packages at the following link:

http://people.ubuntu.com/~stefanor/light-themes/

Enjoy the new theme updates and let me know if you come across the new wallpaper anywhere!

6 thoughts on “Ubuntu 10.10 Ambiance Theme Gets An Update”

    1. using Google Chrome 7 Google Chrome 7 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
      Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.6 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/7.0.503.1 Safari/534.6

      Open package manager. Find packages light-themes and gtk2-engine-murrine. On each of them hit CTRL+E select to force a version from Ubuntu repository.

      After forcing versions on both of these packages, apply the changes. Log out and back in. Gnome will look ugly at this point as default theme is not available. Don’t panic, just open appearance and select old theme you used. 😀

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    New themes are really good. I like the way Ubuntu is getting that refined feeling. I don’t know if you noticed but they changed the font as well. Ubuntu has it’s own footprint now and it a good one! 🙂

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