The last 2-3 years there is this obsession in IT industry to remove curves and shadows and deliver flat, plain, even color-less interfaces. Even Microsoft had to adapt on this fashion, and they created this rather casual logo for their Windows 8.
Everyone’s favorite (isn’t?) animation -That’s Futurama!- always updated on the time spirit, they released an episode last summer named “2-D Blacktop” that Fry invades Flatland, a land that everything is flat, or more correctly everything takes place on a 2D dimension.
Totem 2.12 will fulfill the plans for a more modern video player, and by modern it’s meant an application that will be able to sync with online services like YouTube. Obviously this will lead to a massive re-written interface, a work that has been started around 1 year ago.
As a matter of fact, the revisited Videos App was supposed to arrive in 3.10, but at some point Gnomers reverted the changes, cause they missed deadlines.
Throughout all the differences between 3.10 and 3.12 (which are huge!), I just picked the smallest one that made me so much impression!
The classy tabs of GNOME, known for years..
..transformed to just..flat!
Honestly, I don’t know if this approach will affect more modules (maybe already has and I’ve missed it!), but tab system is under revision and certainly there will be some changes.