According to this post in the Ubuntu Forums, the “new and improved” theme for Hardy Heron, Ubuntu 8.04, has been moved back.
Thankfully, the new theme is not a make-it or break-it feature, although it is a bit dissapointing.
It is really unfortunate, because it was touted as one of the new features back at the Ubuntu Developer Summit. A lot of people were looking for a refresh to the current brown theme. Personally, I like the brown theme, although it is nice to have a refresh every now and then.
After looking at the Art Team’s wiki page, it is clear why the theme has been pushed back.
There are obviously many good submissions, but there is a clear lack of organization. There is no default palatte for Hardy Heron or guidelines (they are actually hidden on a page that is described as “under heavy construction”). There is also no formal submission system, where ideas can be organized and decided on.
Hopefully this release, with fewer modifications, will give the Art team a chance to reorganize and bring some bling to Ubuntu 8.10, the release after Hardy Heron.