Ambiance Maverick DarkBeta

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A dark Ambiance theme for Ubuntu 10.10





Ambiance Maverick (Beta) Dark is a dark theme, an Ambiance variant, released during Maverick cycle as a WIP, made by Canonical Design Team.

Developer comments

I just cherry picked the last bzr commit of lp:light-themes ( in which this variant is still included and made a package.

The theme, as Canonical's Otto Greenslade says, is Quote:
... work in progress and *at this stage* is not necessarily intended as a full theme but to be used by certain application environments that would benefit from a darker UI, for example: image/photo manipulation and video editing.

Also, GTK is, for a while in fact, capable of loading a dark variant of the current gtk theme to a specific app. Apps like GIMP, Pitivi, OpenShot or Shotwell may probably benefit from this feature in the next Ubuntu releases.

But this dark-variant is also pretty much suitable for daily use to all dark-theme lovers, so I'm posting it here. It has the usual quirks with GNOME dark-themes, mainly with text entry widgets and it hasn't been updated with the new light-themes changes, such as more contrast in disabled menu items, progress bar improvements, squared windows border, and the fix to menu items slowdown (although I think it's barely noticeable here). But nothing of this is a big show-stopper to its use in a daily basis, so go ahead and download it!

All credits go to the always superb Canonical Design Team

: If you want to give your desktop a little icon contrast, this Faenza Dark iconset ( blends stunningly great with this Ambiance Maverick-Dark!

How to install?

· Right click on your desktop and select Change Desktop Background
· Click on the first tab: Theme
· Drag and drop the theme's archive in the Appearance Preferences window.
· If everything is OK, you will receive a confirmation message and you can activate the theme just by clicking on it.

About GNOME:

GNOME is an international effort to build a complete desktop environment—the graphical user interface which sits on top of a computer operating system—entirely from free software. This goal includes creating software development frameworks, selecting application software for the desktop, and working on the programs which manage application launching, file handling, and window and task management.

GNOME is part of the GNU Project and can be used with various Unix-like operating systems, most notably Linux, and as part of Java Desktop System in Solaris.

The name originally stood for GNU Network Object Model Environment, though this acronym is deprecated. The GNOME project puts heavy emphasis on simplicity, usability, and making things “just work”.
Last updated on December 20th, 2010
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