I'm sure every one is familiar w119ith the LTS release schedule, but some time ago, I looked it up, and found this useful graphic here:
The graphic says it all, in more ways than one. First, it gives you a very quick and very clear idea of what to expect from standard releases, in terms of support, vs. LTS releases.
Looking closer, I found that the legend of the graph had three items, all in very close and practically indistiguishable shades of deep purple. I don't want to post the full image here, you can see it in the link above, but I'll post just the part showing the legend.
Are they @#%$^ing me??? A human being with healthy eyes and no color-blindness is supposed to be able to look at the graph and at the legend and be able to tell which is which? I'm looking at a high-quality ViewSonic monitor on a good, fairly recent nVidia card. I can make out the difference between two of the three, and even that is a strain.
For yuhts, I saved the image and opened it in GIMP, just to use the color-picker to see the differences:
Ubutu Desktop LTS - RGB values are R-119 G-33 B-111
Ubuntu Server LTS = R-94, G-39 B-80
Ubuntu & ubuntu Server LTS = R-119, G-41, B-83
The point is not the graphic, although that's severe enough, it's pretty obvious whoever created it just did an color-pick/paste from his/her destkop background to save time. I get it, developers are busy, I've been there many times, having to document stuff for the user-community is not something you're expected to spend too much time on, and I guess I'm grateful there's a graphic at all.
The point is, it reminded me of exactly that desktop, if you'll all excuse me, the (f)ugly yellow/purple default gnome theme. Someone could benefit from hiring a graphic designer who didn't just find his/her degree in a fortune cookie this morning. Not for the graph, of course, but to design themes that actually make sense. Yes, I know, I wasn't born yeserday, different people with different tastes and all that, but why did this one have to be the default, and why is it so difficult to customize any stock theme to your own liking and save/implement it on your own desktop? I do remember this was available at least since Hardy or Intrepid. And yes, I've been to gnome-look.org, 32,45,634 options is as good as no options, who has the time for that?
Better yet, while we're all salivating over "unity" -- why not unify the 12,637 different gnome "appearance" tools currently floating around into something coherent, useful, that lets you configure very element of your existing theme(s) in a way that doesn't feel like a straightjacket? I now get panel tooltips in black text on very dark grey background. I'm sure that's not what I meant to do, when I was paying attention to something else I was adjusting. I would kill to know which tool I was using when that happened -- gnome-tweak-tool? ubuntu-tweak? gtk-theme-config? heathen-banshee-voodoo-maker?
These tools are the reason I'm up so late. Never took me this long to configure any release of Windows to my liking, and I despise Windows.