Ubuntu 9.04's New Themes

Dust, Dust Sand and New Wave

By Marius Nestor on March 17th, 2009 10:41 GMT
Well, here we go again... it appears the Canonical just uploaded some new and very nice desktop themes for the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) operating system, in order to please their devoted users. Softpedia is once again the first website to offer you a preview of the new artwork, which will probably be present in the final release of Ubuntu 9.04.

OK, so... long story short, it looks like there's a new package (see the end notes for details) named gnome-themes-ubuntu, which contains three of the most popular, community created GNOME themes: Dust, Dust Sand and New Wave. However, none of the new themes is set as default... yet! Without further introduction, here are the new themes...
Ubuntu 9.04 Daily Build 03172009 with the New Wave theme
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Ubuntu 9.04 Daily Build 03172009 with the Dust theme
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Ubuntu 9.04 Daily Build 03172009 with the Dust Sand theme
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What else can we tell you?... the new themes look and feel great! Once again, we would like to mention the fact that the above themes are created by third-party authors: New Wave is created by Anton Kerezov, Dust and Dust Sand are created by Rico Sta. Cruz and Kido Mariano. And, now that we have a new login screen, new notifications and three new nice themes... all we need is a breathtaking wallpaper.

Among other new features in Ubuntu 9.04 is the famous GNOME 2.26 desktop environment, which brings lots and lots of improvements in many areas, such as Evolution, GNOME Control Center, GNOME Media, GNOME Power Manager, etc. Ubuntu 9.04's kernel will be based on the latest version of Linux kernel 2.6.28, which will offer support for many new devices (wireless, webcams, etc). Moreover, applications such as OpenOffice.org 3.0.1, The GIMP 2.6.6, Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7, Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21, Transmission 1.51 or Pidgin 2.5.5 will also be present in the final version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), due for release on April 23rd.

Don't forget to visit our website next Friday for the Ubuntu 9.04 Beta Screenshot Tour, where we will unveil more of Jaunty's new features!

Later edit: We discovered that the themes will be present in Ubuntu 9.04 and they are all in an official package, named "gnome-themes-ubuntu". Please see the screenshot below for more details.
Ubuntu 9.04 Daily Build 03172009 - The gnome-themes-ubuntu package in Synaptic
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Ubuntu 9.04 with the Dust theme and the new notifications
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   Ubuntu 9.04 with the Dust theme and the new notifications

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