Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
If I understand this ancient, and lately rather wandering, megathread about the relative unattractiveness of the default Ubuntu desktop, there are a few core isues that the detractors find unappealing.
- Brown, combined with light taskbars, etc.
- Lack of eyeball-grabbing doodads (that’s the technical term).
- Somehow unaesthetic wallpaper.
I could find fault any one of those things, but what strikes me is that if you want blue, and you want more dark panels, and gadgets, and sharp wallpaper, then it’s obvious.
You want Kubuntu.
P.S.: Personally, I think the Ubuntu wallpaper in 8.04 is gorgeous, and the wallpaper in 8.10 is smashing. But it’s all aesthetics, people. Nobody’s right, and someone will always hate it. …