Bionic Beaver is the Ubuntu 18.04 name

HOW DID I MISS THIS?!”

There’s a rather large visual change in Ubuntu 18.04 that I’ve only just noticed.

It’s not because the change in question is subtle or easy to miss. It’s because I have only just booted up a copy of the Bionic Beaver thanks to the release of Ubuntu 18.04 beta 2.

And wow; the change dramatically alters the appearance of the Nautilus file manager under the Ambiance GTK theme (as well as Radiance, its lighter sibling).

‘The change dramatically alters the appearance of the Nautilus file manager under Ambiance’

Nautilus Has a New Look in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

One downside to being so interested in development of the “New Ubuntu Theme” is that I completely overlooked the changes being made to the default Ubuntu theme.

Now, I knew some tiny fixes, tweaks, and tune-ups were planned for this cycle (what with Ubuntu opting to keep using Ambiance).

But I wasn’t expecting to see any striking visual changes land.

Naturally, while I wasn’t looking, Ubuntu devs went and did this:

ubuntu 18.04 ambiance theme nautilus

If you’re struggling to “see” the difference compare:

Ubuntu ambiance gtk theme in nautilus

With:

Ambiance GTK theme in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

You’ll see that both Ambiance and Radiance use a new Nautilus sidebar design.

The darker look is “inspired” by Ambiance-rw, an ‘improved’ version of the Ambiance GTK theme that we wrote about last year. The changes arrived in an Ubuntu-themes package update back in March.

This tweak may not give Ubuntu the “2018 facelift” it sorely needs — and was so near to having — but the tweak does help lend the file manager a more weighted appearance.

I especially like the dual-tone nature of the sidebar, and that the “selected” shortcut/folder extends the background color into the icon column.

Do you like the change? Let us (and the whole world know) in the comments section below.

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