Lack of unified settings (appearance) panel for ubuntu and unity

Bug #735592 reported by Miguelángel León on 2011-03-15
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Ayatana Design

Bug Description

With unity coming soon ubuntu still lacks a full theme manager like kde.

Unity settings are only changeable in the compiz plugin manager and there is no an out of the box manager for that but all theme settings should be in one place. I know how much work unity is taking but you must consider this for future releases.

The thing is that all theme settings including unity settings must be at right click the empty desktop, appareances.

Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :

Hola Migueleonm. It should be possible to do either of the following:

  1. In the top-left of the screen, open the Dash (or press <Super>)
  2. Type "appearance"
  3. Click "Appearances"


  1. In the top-right of the screen, click on the sesison menu
  2. Select "Control Centre" or "System Settings"
  3. Click "Appearances"

If either of those work for you, perhaps we could make this bug report just about Right-clicking on the desktop not working as you'd expect.

Would you be able to say why you believe it should be on a right-click menu on the desktop. Is it because this is a behaviour that you're used to from other operating systems, or from earlier versions of Ubuntu or Kubuntu?

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Incomplete
Miguelángel León (migueleonm) wrote :

Sorry I did not explain correctly. It is hard to organize ideas in foreigns languages.

The actual settings works as it should in gnome, that's the real problem. Gnome always lacked of a good appearance control panel, all major desktops has a good one like kde and windows. Gnome is not going to fix that, it has years with that limited app. I know it sounds more like a feature request and it is but it is also a system bug that affects strongly the user experience.

The point is that ubuntu/unity needs a new theme manager/appearance manager or similar, that place should gather all things regarding the visual look, unity setting, unity 2D/3D switch, themes, screensaver (I think only few people uses screensavers), wallpapers, indicator settings, workspaces settings, etc. Overall visual looks.

The actual manager is very very limited and (sorry for the word) crappy, even in it looks, it looks like a very basic gtk app.

Simplicity doesn't mean without features.

Really thank you for stopping to read.

summary: - Lack of unified settings (appareance) panel for ubuntu and unity
+ Lack of unified settings (appearance) panel for ubuntu and unity
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