Again, some changes in the GTK libraries made our theme looking wrong. This is a fix applied to GK3 apps with list boxes being greyed out making them totally unreadable (bug #1464349). See the differences before and after:
I must confess that XFCE is my second favourite environment (you already know what’s the first one), and after giving support for Unity (and some Ubuntu elements) now it’s turn to give it to XFWM, the window manager of XFCE, and Thunar, the file manager, that now looks pretty similar to PCManFM (unified :D).
Unified means that Box is getting more complete and global. Now we included full support for Unity and Metacity. Now you can use it with Ubuntu and everything will work fine. Look how the Unity controls look on maximixed windows over the panel:
You can download Box icons and Box theme at the Artwork section. The current version is 0.42+bzr384, which means you should our PPA to keep it uptodate, because I’m planning to improve it a lot more.
The only negative part is that Unity-Tweak-tool or Gnome-Tweak-Tool “don’t see” the theme, you need to use Ubuntu-Tweak. Instructions on a terminal for everythng:
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:lubuntu-art/daily
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y ubuntu-tweak lubuntu-artwork
And that’s all for this moment. Feedback apreciated.
Sure you were busy knowing the new release of Lubuntu, codenammed Saucy Salamander. But work isn’t finished. There’re still a lot of things to do. Beside this, I’m working on some crazy idea, about Lubuntu artwork. What about making Box theme working in other environment? Something like Lubuntu “possesing” other desktops? As I said, a work in progress…
Today has been released (with all the fireworks via thousands of blogs) the Ubuntu 11.04 distro, aka Natty Narwhal. Somebody told me about this post that I was right about the incredible resemblance btween Unity and older environments. So, my intention wasn’t insult or criticize the new Canonical’s development. Unlike this, I’d like to see how history repeats (as singed by Shirley Bassey) denoting “old” designs on interfaces and (logically) artwork becomes new things really useful for us. And for you, crazy about look’n’feel, just like me, here goes a few desktops comparative (by order, GNUStep with Camaelon theme, ÉtoiléOS, Gnome 3, ElementaryOS mockup and, of course, Ubuntu Unity):
Mm, am I the only one? Did you get an eye on this “revolutionary interface” for Ubuntu called Unity? Doesn’t it remember a lot on WindowMaker? Ok, it’s not enough talking about “little squares” that launch things, but they could improve the dock to be a bit different than tne old-school MacOS or GNUStep one. Have a look and compare (btw, windowmaker is the one at the right :D):