The guys from Design Canonical team have been busy these days, upgrading our desktop font to cover more alphabets, completing the Unicode sets for Hebrew, Arabic and Cyrillic. This change will arrive with Lubuntu 16.04, but we can get this updated font now, version 0.84, just downloading the package and uncompressing it in the ~/.fonts folder.
Simply that, the first two wallpapers for Lubuntu Raring Ringtail, with two versions, “normal” and “particle beam”. Usually Lubuntu uses a single soft wave, so if you’re asking about the inspiration for the new design, I’ll explain:
The double wave resembles a DNA helix. Particle beam radiation is used to create mutations on some genes. So the expectation is just a useful, improved and creative mutation of previous environments (yeah, too geek, I know).
I’m proud to release the Quantal Quetzal version of the CD Set featuring the new “aztec” design. The guys from Canonical made a great job, doing a historical review of the pre-colombine societies.
You can see the quetzal in every poster (I’m finishing the Lubuntu one) or press element, as well as the God Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, drawing the “1210” version number. I can’t help watching there the nibbles game moving thru the squares.
I hope you like them, I did it with all my dedication. You can download it at the marketing wiki.
As Lubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot has been released, and new bunch of marketing pieces should appear along the release. So here they are: a brand new CD cover wallet, a disc imprint and a Lightscribe one. You can download them all at the marketing wiki page (search for the 11.10 version).
We’re getting close to august, the month the Lubuntu artwork will be released (if finished, of course). Just an sketch bu, doesn’t it look sharpy?
You can always check periodically the changes at the wiki. And, of course, you can submit your own creations to the Wallpaper Flickr group. The “contest” winners artwork will be included in the Lubuntu Artwork official package and, if not, everybody will see your work (2560 x 1600 pixels sized) at the Ubuntu Gallery.
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):
No, not talking about Mono Runtime right now (you already know it’s a bit controversial). The boys from Canonical Design are attempting to replace the Monospace font (Sans or DejaVu packages) with Ubuntu Mono. A great work (those who are not designers or type evolved doesn’t know how big this effort is). So, go ahead, you’re doing a great job. I can’t wait for replacing my Terminal font!
Well, it’s not really a mockup, it’s already an applied theme to my Lubuntu desktop, fully functional and installable. The mockups are a tricky question, because of their complexity and inability of some visual improvements (due to coding limitations), like this:
Now let’s return to the real world. I don’t know if this theme will be the next one for the 11.04 release of Lubuntu, but anyway it could be a nice theme. I must be voted, aproved and accepted for the (growing) community. It’s based on Zuki Blues, by Lassekongo. Have a look and say what you think (screenshot with and without shadows).
Recognized by an overwhelming majority, the designs for the wallet, disc and lightscribe images for the 10.10 version are ready to download. They’re available at the usual marketing place so, feel free to download and print them while they’re hot! I hope you like it.
BTW, have you noticed that there’s only two days left for the upcoming (and long awaited) final version of Lubuntu (and possibly the Ubuntu one too)? Don’t care, I’ll keep you all informed and a new download link will appear in this blog.