Ubuntu Linux- In need of a unique identity

Lucid Lynx is set to spot a new look when it makes its debut come this April. The days of the Earth brown Ubuntu colors are over, replaced by fresh looking new designs. However, despite its aesthetic looks and feel, I am of the view that Ubuntu is still in need of a unique identity if it has decided to do away with the brown.
In as much as I appreciate the level of work that has gone into the making of the new themes and visual appearance, I still strongly believe that it is actually a step in the wrong direction. Let me explain myself. You see, with the brown, Ubuntu was unique. There was no other OS in the world that spotted those colors. It actually symbolized Ubuntu in many respects, not least of which is the origin of the name. It gave it an aura of ‘uncommoness’ that is rare.
Now fast forward to Lucid Beta 1 and bam, a nice looking theme and visual appearance that is not unlike that of an existing software. In all honesty, I believe the new visual appearance of Ubuntu has too much resemblance to Mac OS. Let’s face it, if Microsoft were to be the one coming out with this, all of us would have made a laughing stock of Redmond by now. I remember seeing blog posts in the initial days of Windows 7 about how MS is mimicking Mac OS.
Sure I can change it to my brown, but so too could the brown have been changed by anyone who actually wanted something else. Yes it was time to breath new life into the visual appearance of Ubuntu, but the breath should have been as unique, if not more than the one it was meant to replace. It’s little wonder then, that part of these changes have caused a massive storm of user protests, so much so, that Shuttleworth had to tell the community how far their views could go.
Yes there needed to be change in the way Ubuntu looked from the factory, but the change should have added to the uniqueness of it, not cause people to actually have to think twice to know that Ubuntu is not Mac OS. Change is good, but a unique form of change is even better. What do you think? 

2 Replies to “Ubuntu Linux- In need of a unique identity”

  1. I agree with you, the new theme is just way too Mac OSX. It cheapens Ubuntu, it makes it just a copycat.

    On mt laptop I switched to Lucid Kubuntu by installing kubuntu-desktop. Mostly default KDE 4.4 colors with lots of blue and very little Ubuntu specific branding and I selected kdm for log in. I still have the full Gnome Ubuntu installed as well.

    So far working well and no OSX purple wannabe.

    Switching to KDE is not for everybody. There is a learning curve. In particular you have to master the device manager applet to use USB drives and DVDs.

    It does not cost anything to try.

  2. Am typing this from my Kubuntu 9.10 with KDE4.4.1 and have just finished going through the latest Ubuntu.

    The Mac envy was palpable before but anyone who doesnt see it now, DOESNT want to see it.
    Its like the skinny person starving themselves and when they look in the mirror all they see Kirstie Alley.

    I dont care about defaults, never liked any of them and I make everything disappear on mine but anything is better than the diarrhea brown they used to have.

    My first Linux distro was Ubuntu 8.04 and I almost gave up on it after 2 months, the look, the apps, etc… I used both mac and win at work but i didnt want to run OS10's retarded stepbrother at home.

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