Two New Themes Arrive in Ubuntu 8.04

It’s not the complete redesign that was planned and canceled, but two new themes have been added to Ubuntu 8.04. The new GTK themes are Human-Murrine and Human-Clearlooks. The Human icon and Metacity themes are unchanged. Currently, Human-Murrine is the default in up-to-date Ubuntu 8.04.

The most distinctive feature of Human-Murrine is shaded application menu bars. Buttons are square and highly glossy. Here’s a screenshot:

As the name suggests, Human-Clearlooks is based on the new GNOME Clearlooks theme. Mousing over widgets turns them bright orange. This theme seems to be unfinished; as you can see in the screenshot below, toolbars have a completely blank background.

A nice feature in Human-Clearlooks is the focus indicator around widgets. The dotted black squares have been replaced at last with something easier to see and prettier. In this screenshot you can see a button being moused over as well as a button with focus.
Focus indicator

I’m hoping the default will be changed from Human-Murrine to Human-Clearlooks. They’re both nice (and need further tweaking), but I prefer the distinctive matte buttons over the shiny ones, as well as the pretty focus indicator.

Archived Comments


Stripped Murrina menu bar is nice, i like it from beginning of Murrina engine, but rest of that Murrine Human is bad….seriously. It is even more Orange and too much glossy. Current Human theme on Gutsy looks better.


very nice !haha ,good ,


when will people realise that blank toolbar backgrounds look nice and clean.
horizontal lines add clunk. they waste space, look ugly, and provide no useful functionality
yeah, we get that things on different lines are different, we dont need a line in the middle too tell us that again


I really dislike the glossy look. That one thing (among others, of course) that always kept me away from KDE. IIRC that was en vogue in Web 2.0 around 200607 ;)

Chris Lees

Orange is occasionally nice, but since seeing those mockups I’ve been yearning for the luscious milk chocolate brown Ubuntu. These two new themes are just the bog-standard Human, in different theme engines.

Anon Y. Mouse

The default Ubuntu Human is still much better than either one of these new alternatives. If only Human would allow changing of color themes, it would be close to perfect in my opinion.


aghh!!… I had hoped the orange color to change and get darker… this orange is not human..

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