With the coming of Ubuntu 10.04, the Lucid Lynx, apparent the design team received enough criticism over the years that they will change the theming. You can see their new logo in this post, and can view more screen shots at Softpedia’s early review at http://preview.tinyurl.com/yh9bajq. What this initially reminds me of is Ubuntu Netbook Remix’s default theme, with the dark title bar. I actually use that on my desktops too.
I am probably one of the few to not mind the orangish theme they have continued to use. I also may be one of the few that would rather they put more into updates for the actually OS instead of worrying about theming. How about some tweaks to Gnome? How about more work on Flash video? I guess the team feels the OS is stable enough, so they can move into other areas. Or the complainers finally got to them.