I’m posting this to make a point about the difference between matt and gloss and high-gloss. Ever since the unofficial Ubuntu Satanic Version debacle, created in response to the unofficial Christian and Muslim editions, there has been a trend towards increasing the amount of red used in the distribution (as opposed to orange) and the creep of what I call shiny-stuff syndrome.
The appeal of the matt Gnome environment is precisely the fact that it is not glossy KDE. Yes, I know there is a bit of gloss in some of the Gnome themes available, but you know what happens when you go all shiny? First it’s gloss, then ultragloss, then transparency and before you know it, matt disappears completely. So an appeal to developers. Please keep the matt finishes for those who like their gloss turned off.
As for that horrible Jaunty logon screen, straight out of Satanic version. I vote it gets bumped in favour of a more human approach to logo design. Anything except the oh so predictable 3D logo above and its near cousin, the “fat” logo below which is now in Jaunty.
Also, for those you haven’t noticed the shift in themes. Yellow seems like it is turning into Gold. Orange is becoming Red, and Red is becoming Black, and so the trend would appear to be away from the muted tones of the “human face of linux” along with the messianic, organic environmentalism of the “Christian Edition” which has now cornered the market on fresh brown, towards just plain ugly. Should the Satan-influenced gamers be let in charge? Not.
I say we snatch Ubuntu away from the Devi before its too latel and keep some of that cool Christ brown organic for ourselves. More later.