Xubuntu is looking good

July 18, 2007 at 2:57 pm | Posted in xubuntu | 8 Comments

Jozsef Mak recently posted a message to the xubuntu-devel mailinglist, introducing what in time may become the artwork for the next version of Xubuntu, 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”:


Here are some xubuntu-artwork-screenshots I am working on.


The goal is to create a super-unified desktop experience, the best to
date. We also have to make sure that in addition to the graphics the
gtk and the icon themes too go into the release. For the gtk theme I
suggest murrina blue-gray and for the icon theme nuevo.

Let me know what you think.


The theme is still being developed, but these first screenshots look quite good in my opinion. Especially the login screen looks very sleek:

Xubuntu Gutsy Gibbon - potential login screen

Really makes you look forward to Xubuntu’s next release, doesn’t it?



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  1. I can’t say I like the left-sided panel, but the rest looks great.

  2. First of all, I like the professional looking theme and basics. One observation … as a laptop user, screen real estate is essential for me, hence I use the smallscreen theme, with hidden tab bars. I wonder if the default theme should not take up less space, particularly in the status bar. Otherwise looking good, and looking forward to 7.10

  3. I added the following to the wiki page:

    Note: The panel being on the left is only based on personal preference, this is not part of the artwork proposal and as such won’t be default in Gutsy Gibbon.

    It confused many people on the mailinglist too 😉

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen XFCE look better!

  5. with the growing numbers of widescreen displays there should be a greater advertency to support vertical panels better. horizontal panels, least of all two, as it is the default setting in gnome and xfce in xubuntu or the big/high panels of kde shrinks the horizontal space for office applications to heavily.

    it should be pondered to have both, a vertical and horizontal panel in exactly the width which leaves on the rest of the screen ideally an application space in the commonly for digital video content used format 16:9.

    e pondered to get vertikal panels

  6. What about BeOS icons???????????????????

  7. Jurgen, if you were to use vertical panels a lot of websites (including this one atm) would look terrible on an 800×600 screen resolution. They are optimized to use a as much of the little width that is available as possible, and if any of that width is used by a panel then parts of that site would be hidden horizontally, which means it would require horizontal scrolling to view (which is a major annoyance, especially with website).

  8. Update:

    Hi all,

    You can find the final artworks uploaded here.




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