Ubuntu 12.10's official launchpad branch exposes new exciting Ambiance and Radiance additions
Days ago, Ubuntu 12.10 ALPHA 3 was released bringing various changes and taking the 12.10 a step further in its development cycle, development stage that prepares the near-future arrival of BETA 1.
Until now, the Quantal's light themes (Ambiance and Radiance) have received only minor additions, various small bits suitable for mere fixes, allowing other applications (depending on light themes) to be developed and accessed properly.
Nevertheless, a new hours-old official launchpad development branch (targeted at Ubuntu 12.10) contains an enhanced version of both Ambiance and Radiance, presenting exciting new additions, that definitely add a modern up-to-date look&feel to Ubuntu's default GTK+ themes.
The first noticeable visual addition is the polished rounded search areas, a minor yet immediately perceivable visual bit, used all over the desktop (as opposed to being used as a singular addition for specific apps, such as System Settings).
The buttons follow the new theming attitude, featuring a rounded lighter subtle white-ish texture, that expresses a both visual pleasant look and a more integrated-into-the-environment less-3D feel, yet not interfering with their usability and purpose (as buttons to be easily observed and clicked/used).
The mentioned changes are official, but not landed yet (probably to be landed in the next days/weeks)
- The refreshed Ambiance and Radiance landed in Ubuntu 12.10
- The new "finished" unfocused state landed in Precise Pangolin
- Ambiance and Radiance updated for Compiz's Modal Dialog plugin (Oneiric Ocelot)
- How to easily add names for workspaces in Ubuntu 12.10
- Compiz 0.9.8.6 landed in Ubuntu 12.10 with Unredirect Fullscreen Windows enabled by default (improved performance for fullscreen apps and games)