The punchline: We need flat/zen themes with push-button dark/light theme settings that apply both system-wide and dark/light theming per individual app.
I am firstly and lastly a writer. But, Ubuntu was just too attractive for me not to understand development life under the hood. I’m one of the chosen who identifies with both app users and app developers. I stand in the middle and see the future.
For almost two years, I have watched my VPS/Desktop Ubuntu hobby mature into verb.ink beta. In the process, I have come to understand two best-kept secrets about theming.
Coders and media workers need “dark” desktop/environment themes; writers need “light/bright” themes.
There are WAY too many desktop themes for Ubuntu.
Light/Dark Themes: Writers v Coders
Dark themes are all about eyesight and pupil dilation. We see pictures, videos, and computer code better by looking at light letters against a dark background.
But, desktop publishing apps prepare text as it will appear on white, printed paper. · · · →
I use Ubuntu GNOME on all my machines. I write and maintain my quick install scripts here:
After the new 16.04 LTS, I knew some things could change. Some did, some didn’t. I will update this as the developers fix any problems.
KDE I still can’t stand.
Ubuntu (Unity) is a yeah-yeah-yeah-boo.
Ubuntu GNOME is great with mods.
Xubuntu is robust and delightfully boring as always.
Ubuntu Studio (Xubuntu-based) seems to have gotten a face lift. (a change for the better)
[rant] Before I get into these by item, I need to say: If the repo gods can get xscreensaver updated in time for 16.04 after two weeks of boot nags, what the hades is wrong with ownCloud and their grabastic version-named client repo URLs that have no 16.04… in April of an LTS year!? Only ownCloud rejected me on a GitHub bug fix pull—they wanted the bug, they said. · · · →
Update: This is depreciated, kept for reference. Please read the new, relevant article on GNOME Studio.
Disclosure: I install Ubuntu Studio on Xubuntu:
sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-audio ubuntustudio-audio-plugins ubuntustudio-graphics ubuntustudio-photography ubuntustudio-publishing linux-lowlatency ubuntustudio-video ubuntustudio-menu ubuntustudio-desktop
As a web developer, blogger, musician, podcaster, brand manager, graphic designer, copywriter, and author, I need a lot of stuff.
I need to look under the hood, but I want to close the hood. I need the engine to keep working and I need it to run slick and quick.
That pretty much eliminates Mac and Windows, not to mention Apple no longer has Steve… and Windows, well… you know. (On the same machine, two-finger scrolling doesn’t work in Win 8.1, while it does on Xubuntu/Kubuntu. #synapticNoUpdate)
Red Hat/Fedora/CentOS… They require too many mods. So much is already written for Debian and Ubuntu. #proprietaryism Will CentOS follow suit with the SugarCRM exodus to SuiteCRM? · · · →