Download and send information unclear to colorblind

Bug #485712 reported by Wadelius
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Gnome System Monitor
Fix Released
gnome-system-monitor (Ubuntu)
Robert Roth

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-system-monitor

Eight percent of the male population suffer from some form of colorblindness. Therefore it the choice of colors for download and upload rates in gnome-system-monitor is not so good. I suffer from mild colorblindness, and have problems separating colors with a blue base and red or green tints from each other. It would be better to switch one of the colors to something very different, for example dark red or brown, and keeping the other one blue. As it is now I can't see any difference between the download and upload, which is annoying since I use it often to check if my crappy internet connection is working.

I sincerely hope you perform this easy fix!

$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10

$ apt-cache policy gnome-system-monitor
  Installerad: 2.28.0-0ubuntu1
  Kandidat: 2.28.0-0ubuntu1
 *** 2.28.0-0ubuntu1 0
        500 karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Wadelius (wadelius)
description: updated
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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for the report Wadelius, which colors do you suggest for those ?

Changed in gnome-system-monitor (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
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Wadelius (wadelius) wrote :

I propose a combination of blue and red, that should be visible to all. Perhaps the red used for processor 2 and the current blue color.


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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

This bug is an upstream one and it would be quite helpful if somebody experiencing it could send the bug the to the people writing the software. You can learn more about how to do this for various upstreams at . Thanks in advance!

Changed in gnome-system-monitor (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
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Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:

Changed in gnome-system-monitor (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
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Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

To be able to properly fix this, could you please specify two colors with their code which would be easy to tell apart for color-blind people? You could use the tool at Thanks for helping us to fix this.

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Wadelius (wadelius) wrote :

Thank you for looking into it. I have tested different colors and at least to me the following combination is easy to distinguish from each other.
- Download #2D7DB3 (blue, same as before)
- Upload #EE1D00 (red, new color)

At least to red-green colorblind this combination should be easy to tell apart, since one is blue based and the other red based. It is difficult to see the difference between blue based colors such as blue, purple and cyan.

Robert Roth (evfool)
Changed in gnome-system-monitor (Ubuntu):
assignee: Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs) → Robert Roth (evfool)
status: Triaged → In Progress
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Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

The fix has been committed upstream in commit, and will be available in the next release.

Changed in gnome-system-monitor (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in gnome-system-monitor:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Fix Released
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-system-monitor - 3.3.3-0ubuntu1

gnome-system-monitor (3.3.3-0ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

  * New upstream unstable release.
    - Shows whether OS is 32-bit or 64-bit (LP: #531762)
    - Network load default colors improved for the colorblind (LP: #485712)
    - UI streamlined (status bar removed, fewer default columns in
      processes tab, etc.)
  * debian/patches/02_lpi.patch: Refreshed
  * debian/watch: Watch for unstable releases
 -- Jeremy Bicha <email address hidden> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:46:35 -0600

Changed in gnome-system-monitor (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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