As Ubuntu fans know progress on the next version, dubbed Intrepid Ibex, is already underway, with a second alpha release available. We’ve already taken a look at what’s scheduled for Ubuntu 8.10, but one thing we haven’t seen yet is the new theme.
Originally a new theme was planned for Ubuntu 8.04, which came out earlier this year, but at the last minute the theme was pulled.
However Ubuntu 8.10 alpha 1 debuted a radical new look for Ubuntu with a much darker, more subdued theme than the familiar orange and brown we’ve all come to love or hate depending on your tastes.
Phorolinux has a nice collection of screenshots of the theme in alpha 1 which are worth having a look at. Before you rush out and install, keep in mind this is alpha software and should not be used in a production environment (I can’t even get it to install in my virtual machine).
Also keep in mind that this is simply one of what could be many test themes, although, that said, the theme didn’t change between the alpha 1 and alpha 2 releases.
If you’ve got opinions on Ubuntu’s new look (ephemeral though it may be) be sure to let us know.