[ubuntu-art] Idea regarding themes

Mark Shuttleworth mark at canonical.com
Thu Jun 22 08:48:29 BST 2006

Michiel Sikma wrote:
> I've been thinking about how to retain consistency between different
> types of Ubuntu (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu). Perhaps we could simply
> make sure that the default themes that exist for the different distros
> are somewhat universal?
> For instance, Kubuntu could have a blue theme. It should preferably
> look as much like the Ubuntu default theme as possible, barring the
> color set. Then we should include that blue theme not just in Kubuntu,
> but also in Ubuntu. And the other way around, of course, there should
> be an orange theme for Kubuntu.
> This way, we can retain consistency between the different types of
> Ubuntu and also adhere to the thought of making several color styles
> for the default theme. I'm not sure if this is entirely possible to
> perform, but I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.

We have an official "policy of independence" between the flavours of
Ubuntu. They are basically required to collaborate on bits that overlap,
like kernel, but can be totally independent w.r.t. things like art and
style. My only requirement of consistency is that they ALL be

 * world class (looking DAMN good)
 * distinctive (if you see a screenshot you should KNOW it's

Please turn this into an FAQ so that we don't have the same debate time
and time again!

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