Here’s a bit of Wednesday fluff for you: Ubuntu’s Ubiquity installer has a new icon — again!

Breaking news, right? 😉

Hardly. But this icon switch does rectify an issue that I publicly opined on before the release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Back in March Ubuntu’s community-led design team decided to swap its discernible Ubiquity installer icon (below left) for what I described at the time as: “Ubuntu being sucked up a hoover”:

Don’t see it?

ubuntu logo being hoovered

Six months on, I’m pleased to report that Ubuntu’s designers have fixed this less-than-descriptive icon faux-pas. A new icon for Ubiquity is shipping in Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla”.

Well, I say “new”…

Ubiquity icons

It’s basically the old icon with orange on it.

Progress, eh? 💁🏻‍♂️

Precisely what the issue was with the old (now new again) icon was was never shared. But an orange progress circle and an Ubuntu branded “place marker” seems to quelled their qualms about it.

It’d be nice to see the icon back ported to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. As I reasoned in March: the Ubiquity icon isn’t exactly hidden; this is an important icon. It’s the icon that people need to click to “install Ubuntu” and the old icon, fine though it may be, simply doesn’t convey that — as our Twitter experiment at the time revealed!

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