linux mint y theme in 18

A newer, flatter GTK theme will ship as part of Linux Mint 18 ‘Sarah.’

Showing  off progress made on the theme in a new blog post, project lead Clement Lefebvre says the new “Mint Y” theme is inspired by recent design trends towards flatter UI elements. It is based off of the (incredibly) popular Arc GTK theme.

Mint users content with the current design do not need to panic, though.

Although the newer, flatter theme is to ship as part of the next major release of the Ubuntu-based Linux distribution it won’t be the default system theme

Sarah will use the familiar ‘Mint X’ by default. ‘Mint Y’ is included as an option.

‘Scared of Changes’

Acknowledging that many are excited about the new design, Lefebvre explains the reasoning on holding back: “We talked about a new theme and we noticed […] that some of you were also scared of the changes this would introduce.”

“We don’t want to change styles just because we think it might “look” better, we’ll provide both styles to you ,”  he adds. ”Eventually if the day comes where a huge majority prefer the new theme, then we’ll follow that and start using it as the new default.”

Two Themes, Plenty of Choice

dark version of Linux Mint Y GTK theme

Both the ‘Mint X’ and ‘Mint Y’ themes will come pre-installed on Linux Mint 18 ‘Sarah’, and the latter will also be available in darker variant.

It’s a cautious decision and one that, Clem notes, gives Linux Mint 18 ‘the exact same default look at Linux Mint 17 (sic)’.

Work is to continue on both themes in the lead up to the release of Linux Mint 18.

Mint fans eager to test the changes first-hand don’t have long to wait; the first Linux Mint 18 beta drops next month, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. 

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