Well, there has been a lot of talk, lately, about Ubuntu switching their branding. I don’t have too much to say about that.
The logos are nice, mostly due to the newly commissioned font. The new color scheme is uninteresting. The brown was nice and unique, and could have been used greatly, but it wasn’t for everyone. Oh, well. The new theme has been promised over and over again. It’s finally here, but it looks like Mac OS X. From the polls I’ve seen, the majority of people would like the window buttons moved back to the left, I am one of them, but that is just a few clicks away for me any way. I personally like the freedom Linux gives users to change things we don’t like, for the most part.
I think Ubuntu is having an identity crisis, mostly due to the fact that they have idolized the look of Apple. They think that copying will get them attention. Ubuntu is confusing the sleek-and-shiny-ness of everything that Steve Jobs shoots out his ass for innovation. Then they herald THAT, letting creativity and originality fall away. Everyone in Canonical uses Macs, so they obviously are letting their experience seep through. I personally, don’t like it.
Then that brings me to my next point, why aren’t they running Ubuntu, their product? Anything that can be done on a Mac, can be done on Ubuntu, proprietary software aside. And if something can’t be done, shouldn’t the ones who work on it do something about it, maybe incorporate an existing application that does it, or develop a new one? Yeah, taste is something, but someone who chooses to work on a Linux distribution aimed at mainstream (cough…mac!) computer users, who uses a Mac to do it is a hypocrite.
Whew, enough ranting for one day.
I don’t hate Macs. I hate Apple, Steve Jobs, their business strategies, they evil closed-ness, the iPad, DRM, people who smack their lips when they chew, annoying neighbor kids, faulty condoms, and people who choose ignorance because they lack the balls to discover enlightenment because the knowledge that accompanies it is frightening. An OS is an OS. They all pretty much do the same things. Some by freedom and great communities, others by DRM and a harvesting the money tree that is the Mac Fanboy.
I know, I said enough.
After all is said and done though, I can’t really say any of it is bad. The new look is long over due and for the better. I like the slickness and professionalism of it all. Comparing the older to the new, the old looks dated and childish. Despite Canonical’s, um..”influences,” I like the direction they’re going with the look.