Over at arstechnica there is a glimpse at the new Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex. A few screenshots show that Ubuntu is still going dark. The direction they are headed is not very clear. Even by scanning other user’s comments it appears its not a very popular idea, and I agree 100%! Here are 5 reasons a dark theme will only hurt Ubuntu

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Created by giantrobot 13 years 48 weeks ago – Made popular 13 years 48 weeks ago
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fanen's picture


13 years 48 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago


the dark side

I like the dark theme, and my machine ain't exactly a power tool! And oh, complaining about the default theme? Orange wasn't everyone's favourite, now the dark theme isn't everyone's favourite either. Why complain about something that you can change in a few clicks, and which isn't rocket science? I mean, if we were talking about annoying defaults in programs, or stupid dialogs, then that would be a different case.

Here's one definition of 'ruin':

2. Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely
defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction;
overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of
a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or
hopes. "Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!" --Gray.
[1913 Webster]

fortune: do unto others before they do to you

Ferk's picture


13 years 48 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago


depressing?? NSFW??

None of the 5 point makes real sense :S
it is all coming from a preconceived personal opinion

1. Using a dark theme by default will help to spot bugs caused by some applications not prepared to run dark themes, and thus make the developers of the app aware of the bugs. This will benefit the community.
2. I have a lower end machine and I feel much more comfortable running a dark theme with low resolution with a clear font. I don't understand what do you mean about high-end machines being the only ones having benefit.
3. It has been scientifically proven that your eyes are much more comfortable using a dark theme.
4. There is NO clear and scientific proof about colors that are "depressing" by themselves... and anyway.. in fact, if it was proven that darkness helped people to feel more calm and relaxed (just like when the night comes) it would be a reason to start using dark themes... because being excited is not good for health.
5. The "unbusiness" argument doesn't make sense at all.... most of the professional systems I've seen were running the darkest of the themes: a GUI in a terminal light-on-dark.
6. The "applications needs color" is just a personal opinion... what applications do really need is integration with whatever color theme you choose, and a way to achieve this is to promote variety of themes.. and for this it is a really good thing to have a dark theme in at least one of the popular distributions!

If you don't like the theme then just say it... but don't make up reasons that have no real sense.

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