As you probably remember Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 was sporting a very brown theme when it was released, and it made some people do a double-take to figure out what the heck was going on. Just about two-weeks ago Alpha 3 was released of the new version of Ubuntu, and it still included the dark brown theme (called NewHuman) from the original release.
I’m not a big fan of the new theme, and I’m not so sure that they’ll be making any drastic changes to it in the next three-months when the new version of the operating system will be reaching final form. Over on the Ubuntu Brainstorm site users are trying to push for a dark theme “that doesn’t suck,” and one example they’re pointing to is Wall-light. The Wall-light mockups was created by a Deviant Art user, and the login screen for it is pictured above.
A topic was also started in the Ubuntu forums where 62% of the voters said that they don’t like the new theme. So what will Ubuntu do in the short timeframe they have left? I doubt they’ll be able to transform a mockup like the one pictured above into a fully working theme with the little amount of time they have left before the next release. Are they going to scrap the idea and ship Ubuntu 8.10 with the old theme, again? Will the NewHuman theme actually become the default? At this point no one knows how it will work out.