New Theme every LTS release

Kenneth Wimer kwwii at
Thu Sep 4 11:59:29 UTC 2008

On Thursday 04 September 2008 13:46:13 Danny Piccirillo wrote:
> I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, but i've been trying to
> think of ways to get new, better themes into Ubuntu. What i mean is, every
> release, we see beautiful mockups, but nothing ever comes of it. I think
> something needs to change so that these mockups have a chance of getting
> worked on. If not this, i think something should be done differently to
> address this problem-- it doesn't matter what. My idea is simply that after
> every LTS release, a mockup is voted on to work on for the next LTS
> release, giving plenty of time to work on it. Is this reasonable? Would
> this work?

Shortly before 8.04 (Hardy Heron) it was decided that the LTS release is the 
final release in an artwork cycle, exactly as you suggest. For 8.10 (Intrepid 
Ibex) we have been reviewing new themes (the dark theme, and so far 3 
community themes). We have picked these themes for inclusion due to their 
quality and popularity. Although we will not vote on the matter the interests 
of users are definitely taken into account. I've set up a PPA with the themes 
in question ( so that everyone can test 
them without having to compile anything themselves. Our next step is to 
include these in the next Intrepid Ibex alpha so keep any eye out for them 
there if you aren't interested or don't have the time to check them out via 
the PPA I mentioned.

Kenneth Wimer

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