Some thoughts about xubuntu hardy

Vincent imnotb at
Wed Nov 7 21:31:31 UTC 2007

On 07/11/2007, Ghostvirus <theghostvirus at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just a few suggestions:
> 1. Making the panels smaller is a good idea. 28 pixels at most is a good
> size. You could get away with even less quite easily, too.
> 2. I'm not a fan of the GNOME-like 2 panels setup Xubuntu has (I prefer 1
> panel on the bottom), but I'd prefer keeping it rather than making any
> radical changes. The whole justification for using the GNOME-like setup was
> to make it easier for users to go between Xubuntu and regular Ubuntu, wasn't
> it? So why change it now?

That's one reason, another is that the Gnome people have invested time into
researching an optimal setup, so this setup is backed up with solid

3. I'm not sure I understand the obsession with the nuoveXT icon theme. It's
> nowhere near as extensive as Tango, and AFAIK, it hasn't been updated to
> conform to the naming specs because it's no longer
> maintained. The author of the set did make a new theme called nuoveXT2, but
> in my opinion they both look far too Vista-like to begin with. If Xubuntu no
> longer wants to use Tango as its default icon theme, I'd recommend the
> CrashBit icons which look a little like Tango, but more "shiny."

CrashBit looks nice, but it says on

The final release is on November/ December. They are not ready and we need
> to test them.

But then again, that would make them ready in time for Hardy.

4. The Murrina-Storm theme used in 7.10 is bland. I know Murrina is a quick
> and light engine, but the theme itself is ugly. If Xubuntu is going to
> continue using Murrina as its default theme engine, I'd recommend something
> more colorful.

Ugly is a matter of opinion (just as for the icon theme, for that matter).
You should go with the most common denominator by default, and that mostly
means a boring theme that perhaps is not liked as much by many people, but
also not extremely disliked. Besides, I've read *a lot* of positive comments
on this theme.

5. While we're talking about themes, what about Xubuntu's color scheme? Is
> it still the blue/gray used since 6.06? Or is there interest in changing
> it?

It has become a bit darker with 7.10, I think it well reflects Xubuntu now.

That's all for now. Just some observations from a regular user. No offense
> intended.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: any input appreciated ;-)


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