News that the popular Human theme is about to be dropped in Lucid has unleashed a style-war amongst the community. After Another Ubuntu reported Mark Shuttleworth’s comments at the recent Ubuntu Openweek:
…we’ll have some new styling which is going to be the starting point of another five year view. We’ve been Human for the last five years and now we’re gonna be light oriented.
Speculation began that the replacement would resemble the Elementary theme being touted by designers at OMG!Ubuntu. While Elementary is a knock-em-dead linux style statement, it closely resembles OSX and there are slicker themes like eHomoSapien available.
Ubuntu, whose motto is “Linux for human beings” has on occasion veered off into fashion conscious Orange and devilish Red in order to escape the Big Blue of Microsoft/IBM and other distributions.
Dumping the trademark human theme which in Karmic is chocolate brown might just tear the community apart if it is not done with enough forethought and consultation. Exchanging Brown for Grey could also alienate ardent supporters in the third world, and one can only hope that eHomoSapien makes it past the Elementary level while giving users more default options.The thing about Ubuntu is the OS is instantly recognizable — as Ubuntu becomes more popular (Ubuntuforums recently gained its 1 millionth member) the tendency to emulate the frontrunner, OSX may just sow confusion and work against us. Will Lucid be Snow Leopard Linux?
The Ubuntu community invariably charts its own path, instead of measuring the OS against Windows 7 and OSX, we could just take a quantum leap forward with Lucid by catering for the fashion conscious as well as those who believe brown is retro, organic and still cool.
Ubuntu OS is all about putting Africa inside the machine. Finding the missing element in technology or as Brian Eno once said: The trouble with computers, there is not enough Africa in them.
NOTE: a couple of days after writing this post I found this posting on Tech Source from Bohol published the day after my posting