[ubuntu-art] Ubuntu Artwork Cleanup

Andrew SB a.starr.b at gmail.com
Sat Dec 26 23:54:28 GMT 2009

Hi all,

As Lucid is a Long Term Support release, I feel that this is a good
time to clean up some of the artwork releated packages in the archive.
A number of packages haven't been updated at all since Hardy,
esentially un-maintained. Some look and feel quite out-dated, and if
we are going to carry them for the life of the LTS, they're only going
to feel more so going forward.

A list of packages maintained by Ubuntu Artwork Team can be found here:


Bazzar branches for team maintained packages can be found here:


== GDM Themes ==

As a first step, I plan on removing old GDM themes from Lucid. Unless
there are any serious objections, I will be filing removal requests
for: ubuntu-gdm-themes, feisty-gdm-themes, edgy-gdm-themes, and
gdm-themes. I will also upload versions of blubuntu-look, peace-look,
and tropic-look removing their GDM themes. We'll probably also remove
arc-colors from Lucid as well, moving the wallpapers to the
shiki-colors package.

== Theme Packages ==


As I mentioned above, most of these packages haven't been updated in a
few releases. In fact, it seems as if blubuntu-look isn't even
currently installable. I'd like to drive some discussion on these
themes. Which themes could just use a bit of an up-date? Which themes
should just we remove?

One thought I had was perhaps we should just new find themes that have
the same feel but an updated look, providing an upgrade path. It might
be simpler than actually updating the old themes. Any contenders?

Any other ideas? Comments?


- Andrew Starr-Bochicchio

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