When the current version of Ubuntu was released back in April, it sported a shiny new theme that differed radically from the familiar brown that defined Ubuntu since its creation six years. This new theme was a part of their new branding, which focuses on light and warmth rather than earth and coffee. But while the new theme was certainly visually refreshing, it seemed to be a little rough around the edges. The next version of Ubuntu, which will be releasing in October, will come with a greatly improved version of the theme.
Changes include the replacement of brown tints on menu selections with orange, a tab-like button for drop-down menus, improved checkboxes, radio buttons, and progress bars, and glows on selected buttons. It’s a bit difficult to try to describe all of the improvements in this new version of the theme, so if the screenshot above doesn’t satisfy you, I encourage you to try it out for yourself!
You can find the beta version of the theme at http://people.ubuntu.com/~stefanor/light-themes. Note that only the Ambience theme is available at the moment, but the Radiance (which, in my opinion, definitely needs improvement) is also being worked on.
(via Canonical Design)