View Poll Results: Does Ubuntu 9.10 look good out-of -the box on a fresh install?

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  • Yes, definately, it looks awesome

    20 14.71%
  • Yes, it looks alright, though a few improvements would be nice

    48 35.29%
  • No, I have to modify it to make it look good (e.g. emerald, AWN, etc)

    46 33.82%
  • I don't care, functionality is more important to me

    22 16.18%
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Thread: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

  1. #1
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    Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    I would just like to know from this community of Ubuntu users (which I must say, is totally AWESOME!!! ) how many of you think Ubuntu looks good just after it is freshly installed. Personally, I think Ubuntu is getting there, but it could really do with a lot more improving to reach the smoothness of Windows 7 (even Mac OS X Leopard doesn't come close to MS, but I could be wrong in terms of Snow Leopard, since I haven't used that ) Sorry MS and Apple haters, but these two guys have aesthetics quite sussed, especially MS in terms of Windows 7. I just feel like staying in my virtualised Win 7 forever! That's what I really hope Ubuntu can beat MS and Apple at one day, and I know that they have the potential to do that

    But yeah, just would like a say from the Ubuntu community about how Ubuntu looks, and if it doesn't look good, what should be done to make it better (screenshots would also be great )

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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    Moved to The Community Cafe

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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    I don't like the default so I change the themes and what not. I don't bother with docks as they annoy me. Mine ends up like this...

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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    I don't particularly care how it looks out of the box, as it is so easy to change anyway. Fortunately, I'm not all that annoyed by the default look either. Less-used machines I'll leave it. The only thing I immediately change is the background - I always use a black background - but I do that on any OS, with any theme.

    Many gripe about the brown. Perhaps a different color would work better, but I'm just glad it isn't BLUE! Got really tired of blue hues everywhere a long time ago...

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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    There should be an option "it was so ugly it made my eyes bleed!"

    Nah but seriously, Microsoft and Mac spend gazillions on their looks, Ubuntu's beauty is more on the inside

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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    It looks alright.

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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    Personally I dont feel the crystalline looks of vista/7 to be all that amazing.
    I like a mix of simplistic but functional, gnome does a fine job in that department.
    For bling, there is always KDE.
    openSUSE 11.2 looks and feels nice

    Quote Originally Posted by RandomJoe View Post
    Many gripe about the brown. Perhaps a different color would work better, but I'm just glad it isn't BLUE! Got really tired of blue hues everywhere a long time ago...
    Yeh agree here, blue is way overused.
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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    I certainly feel that Karmic looked gorgeous out of the box - a different kind of beauty than other OSes, but beauty it was.

    I do think it's time the initial appearance was... addressed with a bit more tact. Developers probably aren't the best versed designers in the world and may consider theming etc trivial, but first impressions really do count with Ma' and Pa' public - how do you think Vista still managed to sell despite the negative hoo-hah surrounding it? People were "wowed" by the looks of it.

    Ubuntu isn't the worst look distro around (helly gNusense =P) but it is getting better with every release.
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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    I tweak the hell out of it.

    And I wonder why hasn't this been moved directly to the recurring discussions
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    Re: Aesthetics of Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by madnessjack View Post
    There should be an option "it was so ugly it made my eyes bleed!"
    quoted for truth.

    I wish there was an option at install to just install the default gnome theme, no branding, no brown and no compiz.

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