So I just started using Gnome a few days ago coming from KDE (for performance reasons, Gnome seems to be more responsive once I have more than a handful of apps open). One thing I really don’t like is the default themes that come with the new ubuntu-gnome-desktop stuff. I tried installing the vanilla-gnome-desktop package, but it failed to start.
Anyways, there are a few things that peeve me.
- The huge title bars for gtk apps
- The login screen/theme
- Lack of ability to customize
I’ve spent a few days trying to get it to look half way decent imo, but I frequently find myself being directed to edit css files and such to try and get desired effects, and then it doesn’t even work. I’ve installed the Flat remix theme, darkest, and it’s almost there, but I would still like a convenient way to
- Change the size of title bars, even if it’s just from 3 different options, small, med, large
- Change the login theme or at least the background image. That purple is incredibly ugly imho, and the alignment is off.
I understand the desire to have an identity for Ubuntu, a branding. But I do think that there is going to be a significant number of users who want to customize the look and feel of their desktop beyond what we’re able to do now, even if they like the Ubuntu/Yaru themes. For example in KDE we can install themes, and select the title bar from one, the window color from another, the shell/widget theme from yet another, the login and lockscreen themes can all be selected from different themes to mix and match. I think something like that would be great for Gnome. I understand that may not be possible for Ubuntu to do, but at least the ability to change the login screen background and size of the title bars from the settings app or tweaks tool would be great, and maybe an obvious way to setup background slideshow other than using Shotwell.
I think instead of focusing on what Ubuntu should look like, maybe focus on allowing the user to tweak it to their own personal taste, with the initial post install theme being whatever the Ubuntu team thinks should fit their branding, but understanding that it will most probably be changed by the user, and enabling them to do so.
So that’s my feedback, thanks for listening.