For anyone reading the “article” from the misinformed @d0od on OMGUbuntu, here’s a few comments to stop the fudge from spreading
…Adwaita, unlike the Yaru theme, is developed by designers, undergoes usability testing,…
Did you know that some of the recent changes (or should I say improvements) in Adwaita comes from the Yaru design and members of the Yaru team?
Gnome and usability testing? I doubt that. Like when Gnome moved buttons in dialogs to the headerbar? Could you link to the test data behind that decision?
…We ran a poll to see if the theme change met with your approval and the majority verdict (44.19%) preferred the existing “mixed” theme with dark header bars…
From the poll is seems that it’s a pretty even split between lovers and haters. IMO that’s a very tiny majority
…and based (seemingly) on personal feeling rather than hard user data is that such changes are rarely well thought out or rarely well received…
If you think that defaulting to a light theme was suggested because of a personal feeling and you at this point still don’t understand the technical theming problem we’re trying to solve here, I’m out of words.
…Right now Ubuntu’s community-based design team seem focused on creating a theme that’s as close to Adwaita as possible because… Well, because.
So by all means go ahead and stitch the Yaru GTK theme to the seams of another — but you should ask: why bother making a tribute theme when you could just ship the real thing?..
From the comments:
…if the “aim” of the new design direction is to dial Ubuntu’s distinctiveness down to the point of irrelevance (aka ‘be as close to Adwaita as it can’) why bother at all?
Perhaps you’ve missed the entire “Please don’t theme our apps” drama. We are trying to be good open-source citizens - working with upstream. We didn’t give up our initial Yaru design to these Adwaita changes without grief, but the goal is maximum compatibility, rock-solid stability and low maintenance (for us downstream so we can focus on contributing directly upstream).
In general, I find that article to be very negative worded. Joey weren’t exactly subtle when sharing his own opinion about the light Yaru version here or in the previous articles. It is his site, so he is entitled to share his opinion, but it’s just so sad that this site is the source where thousands and thousands of people get their daily Ubuntu releated news.